Category: Guest speakers

Liz Verrall – B&B FA CEO returns one year on

  Our guest speaker for March was Liz Verrall, CEO of Berks & Bucks FA, who made a return visit following her attendance at our meeting a year ago. She said she wanted to review some of the promises made

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Lisa Benn, Berks & Bucks RDO visits Reading RA

Our guest speaker for January was Lisa Benn, the newly appointed Referees’ Development Officer for Berks & Bucks FA. Lisa has been a referee for 10 years and is now a level 4 referee and a Futsal referee. She is

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Don’t let dissent destroy your game

In the absence of Ady Williams, former international footballer and captain of Reading FC, who was instead reporting for BBC Berkshire Radio on Maidenhead’s well earned FA Cup replay with Port Vale, Reading RA are thankful for Dick Sawdon Smith

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Don’t let dissent destroy your game

In the absence of Ady Williams, former international footballer and captain of Reading FC, who was required by BBC Berkshire Radio to commentate on Maidenhead’s well earned FA Cup replay with Port Vale, Reading RA is grateful to Dick Sawdon

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Jeff Finlay – Empathy & Discipline

In view of the publicity gained by the Rugby World Cup held in England this year and the views expressed by several commentators about the difference in attitude to the referee between rugby players and footballers, it was singularly appropriate

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Liz Verrall, CEO Berks & Bucks FA

At the March open meeting Reading RA were pleased to welcome Liz Verrell, newly appointed CEO of Berks & Bucks FA. Liz is of course no stranger to the Allied Counties having previously been County Development Manager and she has

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Stephen Green – What to do at Corner Kicks

Unfortunately our advertised guest speaker, Eamonn Dolan, Reading FC Academy Manager, had to call off his proposed visit due to footballing commitments with the first team. Stepping into the breach was our very own Stephen Green who will soon be

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Jim de Rennes: Goalkeepers and Referees

An old friend of Reading RA, Jim de Rennes was in fact an associate member of our society for many years as well as being a full and active member of his ‘home’ society, Kingston-upon-Thames. Jim has been refereeing for

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Welcome back Jim de Rennes

This month Reading RA is pleased to welcome Jim de Rennes as our guest speaker. An old friend of RRA, Jim has a knack of looking at things in a different light and has provided some enjoyable and thought provoking

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Vince Penfold – ‘Great Expectations’

Our guest speaker in November had been a Level 3 referee and a Level 4 Referee Tutor, but has decided to take a step back to become a Level 5 referee and Level 2 Tutor. His experience however shone through

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