Joining the RA is not a necessity, but it is encouraged. The RA provides an invaluable platform for Referees of all levels to develop their game, share their experiences and take part in forums for the local Refereeing family.

The Reading Referees’ Association provides a number of benefits for its members:

Guest Speakers
Reading RA has been privileged to welcome many esteemed guests including: Phil Sharp (World Cup assistant referee and UEFA instructor),Jeff Pettitt (ex-Premier League Assistant Referee and owner of A&H International), Ray Olivier (Head of Education for PGMOL), Iain Williamson (Football league referee), Graham Scott (National List Referee) and Lucy May (Assistant Referee to the 2011 Women’s Cup Final and Female Referee Ambassador to the FA).

Fitness Sessions
For the past few years Reading RA has expressed gratitude to Gary Connolly, a fellow Referee, for leading pre-season fitness sessions during July and August. The sessions are suitable for all members, whether a spritely teenager or a seasoned veteran.

FA Cup Final Tickets
For your chance to attend the final of the oldest cup competition in the world, you simply need to be a registered member and regularly attend our open meetings. The more meetings you attend, the more chance you have of winning a pair of tickets in our AGM prize draw.

The National RA provides the following excellent benefits:

Free attendance at the National RA Conference
Your opportunity to meet the country’s leading match officials who lead workshops and make presentations on their experiences. The 2014 RA Conference was attended by Andre Marriner, Sian Massey and Michael Oliver amongst other respected officials.

Personal Insurance
Covers you to, during, and from a match, including your refereeing equipment (up to £200)

Access to kit & publications
We have an extensive range of kit for sale at every meeting, saving you P&P compared to online orders!

Optional Physiotherapy Cover
£25 silver/£35 gold – for fast, effective and professional physiotherapy treatment for refereeing-related injuries.

So how much does it cost?
Before committing to the RA, why not come down to meet the family first. The fees for 2015/16 are as follows:

  • Full Members: £26
  • Concessions (over 60 as of 1 April 2015 or in full time education): £15
  • Associate Members (already a member of another RA): £15

To discuss further, contact us here.

Click here to download a membership form.