Welcome from Brian Winter

The SFA have recently announced that Brian Winter has been appointed as the referee committee member responsible for both Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire associations.

Brian has the following message for our members, as part of his introduction to Stirlingshire Refeees Association:

Following my appointment to the SFA Referee Committee last month, I am delighted that the SFA have aligned me with the responsibility for overseeing the Management of both Stirlingshire RA and Lanarkshire RA, and I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone within Stirlingshire Association.
For the last 3 years I undertook the role of Association Manager within Lanarkshire RA, and in that time I have come to appreciate the work that goes on ‘in house’ to ensure an Association can service the game at all levels. My main role will be to support not just your Association Managers in Brian McGarry and Ricky Mooney, two people I know very well and have worked with over the years, but to support all your members at every level.
Personally, I would say the priority for any Association has to sit with the ‘Development’ of Referees, as never before has there been a clearer pathway, with the supporting structures in place to give people that opportunity. Yes, its competitive, but the rewards for achievement are there to see. I look forward to ensuring Stirlingshire RA has all the support it needs to continue this.
Finally, I will be attending your Training Sessions and Meetings when I can and this will give me an opportunity to meet with you.
Good luck for the Season ahead.
Brian Winter
We wish Brian the best in his new role and look forward to seeing him at our training, meetings and other events.

Stirlingshire match officials bring amateur football season to a close

A team of 4 Stirlingshire referees were appointed to referee in the Stirling & District Amateur FA’s Mathieson Cup Final on Friday 9 June.

The game was played between Tullibody and Pennies and finished 1-0 to Tullibody.

Well done to the team of officials and we wish them a good close season.

From left to right:

Alan Lansdowne (AR), Tom Cavanagh (Referee), Gavin Young (AR), Gordon Wilson (4th Official)

Registered Referees officiating in Unaffiliated Football

Please see the note below, posted on the SFA referee extranet:

 

22nd May 2017
To All Referees
Dear Sir/Madam,
Registered Referees officiating in Unaffiliated Football
A Protocol between Scottish Amateur FA and the Scottish FA
The Scottish Amateur FA is concerned at the existence of Associations and Leagues which are not affiliated to it and which therefore operate outwith the organised football structures. The Scottish Amateur FA seeks to persuade such Associations and Leagues to become affiliated. It considers that its cause in this respect would be assisted by drawing attention to these circumstances to registered referees who are identified as officiating in unaffiliated Leagues and to the Scottish FA’s preference that registered referees should officiate only in affiliated football.
The following Protocol has been agreed by the Scottish Amateur FA and the Scottish FA. It sets out the process to be followed when the Scottish Amateur FA is advised that a registered referee may be officiating in unaffiliated football.
Protocol
 The Scottish Amateur FA will contact the Scottish FA Referee Operations Department and advise the following information:
o Name of referee
o Match
o Name of Association or League
o Date
o Venue
 The Referee Operations will communicate with the referee advising that the League he/she is officiating in is unaffiliated to the Scottish Amateur FA and seek clarification from the referee as to whether that was known.
 The referee will be advised of the Scottish FA preference that referees operate in affiliated Leagues at all times.
 The referee will be directed to contact his/her Referees’ Association Secretary to obtain details on affiliated Leagues operating in his/her area.
 The referee’s Association Secretary and Association Manager(s) will be copied into the communication with the referee, as will the Scottish Amateur FA.
 If the referee accepts that he/she was officiating in unaffiliated football, he/she will be recommended to stop with immediate effect
 The Scottish Amateur FA and the referee’s Referees’ Association will be provided with the referee’s response
 If a referee fails to respond to the Scottish FA within 14 days, a further communication will be sent to him/her. Failure to respond will be communicated to the Scottish Amateur FA and to his/her Referees’ Association.

 

Referees are recommended to check the Scottish Amateur FA website – www.scottishamateurfa.co.uk – for information on all its affiliated Associations and Leagues.
Referees should note that the Scottish FA Insurance Cover applies to football played under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA. Unaffiliated football is not under the Scottish FA’s jurisdiction.

Annual Cricket Match – Sunday 25 June

We now have a confirmed date of Sunday 25th June for our Annual Cricket Match.

This will be held at Stenhousemuir Cricket Club with a start time of 2pm.

Family are more than welcome along to this event and those attending are welcome to use the clubhouse for refreshments or bring along their own picnic.

Please let Wes know if you are planning to attend to allow him to collate interested numbers.

Gordon Wilson & Graeme Heeps appointed to u21 Cup Final

Congratulations to our members Gordon Wilson and Graeme Heeps who have been appointed as match officials for the SYFA under 21 Cup Final.

The match will be played between Barrhead YFC and Rutherglen Glencairn Junior Football Club at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, 11pm kick off on Sunday 7 May.

This is an excellent appointment to a prestigious national cup final and we wish Gordon and Graeme all the best for the game.

Annual Cricket Match

We are, once again, looking for numbers who would be interested in taking part in our annual cricket match, to be held at Stenhousemuir Cricket Club.

As yet, no date has been set but it is likely to be on a Friday night in June or July.

Before confirming any dates with the Cricket Club, we need a list of names of people who would be interested. Please note your interest to Wes or Kevin Fernie as soon as possible to allow the venue to be booked.

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