It is a singular honour to be asked to serve as President of the Ayrshire Referees' Association for 2017/18 and I can only endeavour to meet the very high standards set by those who have gone before me.
The members of our Association are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and bring with them an even wider range of skills and experiences. However, the one constant is that we are all committed to supporting football across Ayrshire by ensuring that we carry out our duties to the very highest standards.
My role as President, supported by the other office bearers, council members the Association Manager and the Association Assistant Manager, is to enable our members to meet these high standards by ensuring that the structures and processes are in place to help you to maximise your potential.
I would encourage all members to take advantage of the resources offered by the Association including our Tuesday evening physical training sessions, the coaching and development offered at our monthly meetings and, most importantly for our younger members, the support network provided by our unique youth academy and mentoring programmes.
Once again the coming year is likely to prove challenging for our Association and its members. My role, along with the other rmembers of the Council, is to represent the views and interests of you, our members. I would therefore urge all members to fully participate in the discussions at our regular meetings and take every opportunity to let the council know your views on the issues facing the Association.
Finally, I want to wish all of you every success for the forthcoming year and I look forward to celebrating the prestigious appointments which will undoubtedly come your way.
Monthly meetings include an in depth coaching slot by our Grade 1 referee, John McKendrick. These participative sessions of match footage help to develop consistency in the interpretation of the Laws of the Game, no matter what level of football we referee at.
From August 2016, these meetings occur on the 2nd Friday of each month (No meeting in June or July), and for this season are as
2016: 12th August, 9th September, 14th October, 11th November and 9th December
2017: 13th January, 10th February, 10th March (AGM), 14th April, 12th May