Referee Support

FA Refereeing Mental Health Champion Scheme

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion.

Role: Mental Health Champion
Contract type: Voluntary
Hours: Flexible – approximately 2 hours per week

Are you a current or former referee, referee coach or referee mentor? Are you committed to promoting positive mental health in refereeing and everyday life? Would you like to be part of a transformative pilot and the first mental health champion scheme for referees and other match officials?

The FA Refereeing Department is committed to supporting the mental health of referees and everyone involved in refereeing. Whilst many people are comfortable talking about their physical health, we know talking about and seeking support for our mental health can be a challenge. We all have mental health, just as we have physical health. As our bodies become unwell so too can our minds, with one in four adults and one in eight young people experiencing mental health problems every year. Sadly, the cost of not talking about mental health can be devastating, with almost 4,000 people taking their own lives each year.

As a founder signatory of the Mental Health Charter for the Sport and Recreation and the Heads Up Mentally Healthy Football Declaration, The FA has worked with Mind to co-design a mental health champion role to help tackle the stigma within refereeing. Ultimately, we want to create an open environment so that referees and everyone involved in the refereeing community can talk openly and be supported. 

Aim of the Mental Health Champion Role

To help The FA Refereeing Department to create a culture that promotes positive mental health
To encourage referees and those involved in refereeing to talk about mental health and to tackle mental health stigma
To support referees with, or with the potential to have, mental health problems
To signpost people to sources of professional mental health support
To encourage and support people back into refereeing
To be part of a champion network that supports each and works together to develop the champion scheme

If you are looking for a new challenge, would like to enhance your skills and network with likeminded people then take a look at the role description below. Full training and support will be provided.

The FA are looking for people from within the refereeing community to join them to take part in an initial pilot before scaling the scheme across every county in England in 2021. 

How to Apply

Complete the application form below and return to by 5pm on Friday 25 September.

Informal interviews will be held during week commencing 2nd November 2020. All champions will be required to attend mandatory one day training in either Manchester on 29 November or Leeds on 6 December. 

If you have any questions, contact Richard Glynne-Jones on 07970 224 380 or 



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