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Diversity of Education - Referee and Coaching Courses

Published: 16/02/2016 2:03:00 PM

The last three days have seen the diversity of education within the ESFA competition.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, 2015 saw the ESFA Referees Branch instructors John Garcia and Jack Bell assisted at stages by members of the Referees Branch Chairman Arthur Kringas, Committee member John Galouzis and senior referees George Galouzis and Lewis Adler as well as Referees Coordinator, Caroline Oakes-Ash, take 19 juniors through the Level 4 entry course to have them educated, guided and ready for season 2016. The two days required both practical and theory components and the heat of both days did not deter our first group of new junior referees from enthusiastically embracing and learning the LOTG. Whistle work proved loud and flag work was spot on among our youngsters.


The education of our future referees continues this Saturday 20th February, 2016 with a Senior Only course (age 18 and above). There are still space available and we urge all ex-players, players, coaches, managers and friends to attend to assist in the officiating of the expanding competition. To provide the service necessary, further qualified referees are required!

To register for the Senior Only course click here

Our third course will be run over four nights and is open to juniors (turning 14 this calendar year) and seniors. This course is set for Tuesday 23rd February, Thursday 24th February, Tuesday 1st March and Thursday 3rd March with all four nights compulsory. Once again we urge you all to participate.

To register for the four-night course click here

The ESFA Referees Branch is committed to the competition by providing the courses. We hope the two further courses will be as enthusiastically and vastly attended.


Monday 15th February was the first night of the ESFA Coaching Course program for 2016, kicking off at Jellicoe Park on a balmy summer evening.

The Senior Coaching Certificate course was embraced by 17 students and even injuries could not deter the willingness to learn. Brian Dene, FNSW Coach Educator assisted by ESFA TD Jaime Gomez took our coaches through a model session to prepare them for coaching teams aged 17 years and above. The course will continue over the next three weeks. ESFA will look at providing more opportunities for local senior coaches to join in our education program. Be sure to keep an eye out on ESFA website and social media! 

We invite our coaches to register for the following courses in the determined commitment to education.

Grassroots Football Certificate 24th February, 2016 for coaching 5-9 year olds

Grassroots Football Certificate  21st March, 2016 for coaching 5-9 year olds

Skill Training Certificate 19th March, 2016 for coaching 9-13 year olds

ESFA is committed to providing the educational pathways necessary for all components of the beautiful game for season 2016 and beyond.

If you wish to discuss refereeing or coaching further, please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Oakes-Ash (Referees Coordinator) or Jaime Gomez (TD)

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