The Ipswich Referees Society is the place for up-and-coming referees. The society has decades of experience to call upon and can provide mentors for new and improving referees to help them to reach their potential. We also provide all kinds of support for active referees, including training on the Laws of the Game, discussions on how to deal with difficult incidents on the field of play and support for referees facing personal hearings at the FA. Please contact us for more information about any issues that are of interest to you.
Happy New Year to all our referees! Just a reminder that we are taking our traditional Winter break so our next meeting will be on 17th February at Ransomes Sports Club. An announcement will be made shortly about our guest speaker. See you then!
We've just heard the wonderful news that James Brookes has been appointed as an ACE Volunteer as part of the UEFA European Championship Volunteer Team. He will oversee groups of volunteers from the Euro 2020 tournament at Wembley as a Team Leader. Starting on 14th June and finishing on 12th July, he will be volunteering on all matchdays including the Final. 4,000 applied, 2,000 got interviewed and 1,200 got volunteer placements. This is a wonderful opportunity for one of our young members - congratulations, James!
#WeAre, a non profit digital campaign to encourage the variety of roles football has to offer women, is asking you to nominate a Female Referee of the Month for January 2020. To place your nomination, the link is bit.ly/36TXv9L. This national campaign is being run by Freya Louis from Needham Market, let's all get behind it and support our fantastic female referees!
The Society holds monthly meetings at which referees can meet new people, discuss the important issues that they face and learn more about the art of refereeing. Meeting regularly include training sessions on the laws of football, feature guest speakers and offer support for up and coming referees.
Events are held at Ransomes Sports Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 4JJ and we recommend arriving at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. We look forward to welcoming all our members and also prospective members who'd like to attend.
The Ipswich Referees Society's annual Christmas party was a roaring success! We had a great turnout for our traditional evening of quizzing and merrymaking with Dad's Army taking the prize for top quiz team 2019! We had a wonderful fish and chip supper, lots of laughs, our traditional raffle and the evening was rounded off by a surprise rendition of A Supporter's Lament to the tune of Match of the Day by Ken and Peter Biggs! Thanks to all who attended and made it a wonderful evening!
Ipswich Referees Society spent a wonderful evening with Ipswich Town Manager Paul Lambert and ITFC General Manager Lee O'Neill at our November meeting. Mr. Lambert answered all sorts of questions posed by the members of Ipswich and Bury Referees including an insight into his move to Dortmund in Germany where he won the Champions League, his move to Ipswich as manager and his thoughts on becoming a referee. Mr. O'Neill spoke of his excitement about the changes that have taken place at ITFC over the past year and their plans for the future as well as reminiscing about his time playing football at Ransomes Sports Club and around Suffolk as a youngster. A massive thank you to both of them!
We had a brilliant meeting with Alan Dale, Suffolk FA's Senior RDO on October 21st. Thanks to a wonderful attendance, our discussion about Managing Difficult Situations was excellent; we broke into groups with each assigned a difficult topic and it was a great chance for match officials to discuss tough situations that may occur on or off the field of play and make suggestions about how best to deal with them, with some well thought out contributions from the younger referees in attendance. If all our youth are of this calibre, football in Suffolk has a bright future ahead!
The main benefit of membership is the safe knowledge that you have a strong team of referees behind you so when you go out onto the pitch, you are not alone. The Ipswich Referees Society also provides additional training to support your progress and a wealth of experience. Its connection with the National Referees Assocation also means that you will have financial insurance and legal backing should you ever need it, including:
Loss/Theft of Personal Effects - insurance cover for losses incurred while refereeing (including kit)
Physiotherapy & Dental Cover - for injuries incurred whilst refereeing (including support whilst in hospital)
Drive Assist - Motor Legal Assistance if you are involved in a Road Traffic Accident.
For more information about the society and what we do:
For information about memberships:
Please address any society correspondence to:
10, Spriteshall Lane
Trimley St. Mary
If you've faced abuse or misconduct on the pitch or have received notification from the FA about attending a personal hearing, we're here to help and have a team of referees who can provide the latest guidance for anyone facing these situations! Please email us:
Join us on the third Monday of the month
(Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun) at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.
Ransomes Sports Club