To be asked to be President of the Association was one of the proudest moments of my refereeing career. I joined the Association in 2003 and quickly recognised how friendly and helpful our members are. Our professional approach within the group makes us the finest Association in Scotland.
I will strive to continue the progress and excellent work that my predecessors have delivered over the years. Together with the Council, I hope to use the experience and knowledge to help develop and build our Association ready to tackle all that stands before us.
Refereeing is for us all to enjoy and it is very important that we commit to attend the training night on a Tuesday. Fitness is paramount to the success of all referees. Training nights are an excellent way to meet your fellow referees, discuss recent events and learn new skills. I look forward to seeing you all.
For all our younger referees, this is an exciting time to be moving in to refereeing. With the help and guidance of our Mentor/Academy schemes everyone has the opportunity to make it to the highest level. Hard work and commitment, together with professional guidance from the Association Manager will help produce referees fit for the future.
Ayrshire Association has top quality coaching staff and delivers many different training videos for learning to deal with on field incidents. It is vital to attend as many monthly meetings as possible, not only to gain knowledge of the Laws of the Game, but it also gives you the opportunity to discuss issues with other colleagues and friends.
I am sure there will be a healthy representation at many of the cup finals this season for our members, for those that are allocated cup finals; I know that you will perform your duties in a professional manner that will uphold the good name of the Association.
Finally, may I wish each and every one of you a successful and enjoyable season.
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