How Can Harrow RA Help?
The Harrow Referees' Association is here to help you through your involvement as a football referee.
Young or old, looking to take the course, an eye on a promotion, being an observer or just wanting to learn and socialise with other match officials the Harrow RA is here to offer support and advice.
We meet once a month during the season and offer a number of great opportunities to interact with colleagues at all levels of the Refereeing spectrum.
It was with great sadness that we had to report that Harrow RA member, Tony Silverston, Hertfordshire, London & Middlesex FA Level 6 referee, passed away over the weekend at the very end of March in Barnet Hospital after being admitted with Coronavirus, having contracted it on an evening out with friends at a local pub.
Tony was on the Referees' Panels of a number of Leagues within local counties, covering the matches of Middlesex teams on a regular basis and often attending our Harrow RA meetings. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this terrible time
We then received the desperately sad news that Harrow RA Member, Isaac Jempeji passed away on 4th April. He had been at Northwick Park hospital, which is treating many patients with Coronavirus. Sadly he contracted the virus which, on top of everything else, was simply too much for his body to cope with. In his highly weakened state, it is possible he would not have survived the chemotherapy treatment that had been prescribed after the hospital finally gave a diagnosis of myelodysplasia MDS, which is a rare form of blood cancer, but it seems it was the virus that proved to be the final straw.
His wife, Bev was able to see and speak to him shortly before he died, although she had to do so from a safe distance. She believes he died peacefully. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this terrible time.
Over the years Isaac had been very active in Middlesex football as a Level 4 Referee, Licensed FA Referees' Tutor, Middlesex FA's Referees' Development Committee's fitness training expert, Football Services Administrator/part Referee Development Officer at Middlesex FA from 2016 to 2018, a member of the Middlesex FA's county Cups' Committee and recently a Referees' Appointments Officer on the Spartan South Midlands Football League. He was a keen Spurs fan.
Many of us accepted the invitation to join in the webcast of his funeral service on Wednesday 6th May.
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The RA has announced that this event has now been postponed and is highly unlikely to be held in its current format this year. If and when the 2020 FA Cup Final is played, we will work with our stakeholders to arrange a suitable presentation to the Match Officials involved. We anticipate that the Rally will return to its normal format and venue in 2021. The RA has started refunding the entry fees already paid for this event.
Our flagship event, the annual Development Weekend, was due to be held over the weekend of Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2020. Because of continuing regulations affecting the venue at DeVere Staverton, the event has now been unavoidably postponed until 2021, details of which will be provided next season. For those of you who have already paid to attend this year, our Events Team will be arranging all necessary refunds in due-course. They can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org, but we would ask you to please be patient whilst these repayments are activated.
Harrow Referee Association continuously is looking to improve its services to support members. We would like to ask you to help us and complete our short survey.
The survey is anonymous and will take you a few minutes and will help us to know your needs better and to improve your experience with Harrow RA website www.harrowreferees.co.uk
If you would like to be part of this vibrant Referee's Association get in contact with us now or come along to our next meeting.