Ayrshire Referees Association
Ayrshire Referees Association

President - Steven Kirkland

Firstly, it is an honour to have the opportunity to be President of Ayrshire Referees Association and I thank Calum Scott and the members for electing me.
 
I started refereeing 14 years ago after being convinced by my father in law to give it a go. As much as I have progressed through the levels I still have a long way to develop to reach the standard of refereeing he officiated at.
 
Refereeing has provided me with an opportunity to be involved and progress to a level of football that my playing abilities would undoubtedly have got me no where near! 
 
Ayrshire Referee Association over the years has provided me with the support and guidance required to develop as a referee and I want to ensure that the same opportunity is afforded to all our members.
 
Our Association includes referees from a variety of backgrounds and is an association driven by good people with the association and fellow members at heart.
 
Our Association will do everything it can to support our members and I write this at a time when members and their families health and well-being are paramount given the current pandemic. 
 
It is vital that members remain engaged with refereeing and the wider refereeing family. Our regular meetings will keep us up to date on the Laws of the Game and progression of the return of football and it’s important that we also maintain a level of fitness to ensure when the restart comes we are ready to go.
 
New members are the heart and life blood of our association and are supported by our Development Academy and team of mentors who offers advice and support during the early days as a newly qualified referee. 
 
I would encourage anyone considering taking up refereeing to do it and if you would like to get involved or find out more, browse our web pages or contact the association. 
 
 
Yours in Sport,
 
 
Steven Kirkland 
 
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