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Referee Mentoring


Mentoring is a powerful tool in the education and development of referees at all levels.

Successful referee education programmes change the behaviour and practices of referees – whether they are newly qualified or international referees.

For this change to occur, learning must take place. Mentoring supports the learning process. Mentoring, quite simply means a one-to-one relationship supporting the development of another referee. The concept is as broad as necessary and as inclusive as possible.

Mentoring is not the same as teaching. It does not revolve around providing solutions. Mentoring means different things with individual referees at different levels. With newly qualified referees and junior referees mentoring should be about empowering and helping referees to control the learning experience for themselves. With more experienced referees it focuses on challenging their beliefs and values they have developed so that they come to a deeper understanding of their role, task and the application and interpretation of the laws. Mentors can help a referee recognise and grasp the learning opportunities presented to them. The role of the mentor is to help make the referees learning experience less accidental.

Here is a full list of all our Referee Coaches / Mentors on Merseyside:

Peter Bankes
Steve Brand
George Cain
Billy Cowan
Ray Elliot
Pat Farrell
Paul Healey
Dave Horlick
Tommy Jackson
Gordon Johnson
Joe Johnson
Ken Jones
Dom McDonald
Mike Hanley
Roy Naylor
Dave O’Rourke
Andy Pownall
John Riley
Peter Walker
Dave Wood
Ian Dibbert
Ian Hussin

If you wish to have a mentor / referee coach, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the Referee Department at Liverpool County FA.

Get in Touch

Natasha Wilson

Referee Development Officer

(T) 0151 523 4488 (102)