THROUGHOUT the country local football depends on the services of keen, dedicated people who make a vast contribution to the national game as referees, enabling players to more easily enjoy their matches.

Can you help?

If you have participated in the game at any level you will know how important it is to have a qualified referee present. Unfortunately, there are many games played that do not enjoy the services of a qualified referee.

If you are physically fit, with good eyesight and are at least 14 years of age and willing to attend a course of instruction, you have the opportunity to continue enjoying participation in football.

Will you help?

If you are interested in accepting the challenge of refereeing local football matches please contact: Adam Watts, Referee Development Officer, Worcestershire Football Association. Tel: 01905 827137, Fax: 01905 798963, Mob 07989 650314, Email The Mercian Festival Junior Football League supports the Referees’ Association and recommends all referees join their local branch.

Local Referees’ Associations branch secretaries details and meeting venues:- Bromsgrove (Victoria Club, Bromsgrove Rovers FC) - Paul field, 4 Southlands Court, Headless Cross, Redditch B97 4LX - 01527 401967 (eve), 01527 403113 (day), 07887 728469 (mob),, Meet 4th Thursday in month.

Evesham (BBC Club, Evesham) - Malcolm harris, 21 The Heathers, Evesham WR11 2PE - 01386 443644 (eve), 07715 465102 (mob), Meet 2nd Thursday.

Kidderminster (Kidderminster Harriers Social Club, Off Hoo Road) - Bill Allsopp, 12 Almond Way, Stourport on Severn DY13 8UA - 01299 826654 - Meet 2nd Monday.

Malvern (Barnards Green Cricket Club) - Marvyn Amphlett, 53 Barn Owl Place, Kidderminster DY10 4UN - 01562 745174 (eve), 01299 406205 (day), 07775 632197 (mob) - Meet 3rd Sunday.

Redditch (Studley FC, Abbeyfields Drive, Studley) - Mike Imms, 97 Bromsgrove Road, Redditch B97 5DF - 01527 458060 (eve), 07944 570288 (mob) - Meet 3rd Monday.

Worcester (Old Elizabethans Cricket Club, Droitwich Road) - Duncan Kings, 6 Northwick Court, Coombs Road, Worcester WR3 7PY - 01905 757685 (eve), 01905 338338 (day), 07742 182461 (mob) - Meet Last Thursday.

Hereford (The Richmond Place Club, 69-71 Edgar Street, Hereford) - Les Coultas, 67 Nicholson Court, Bobblestock, Hereford HR4 9TD - 01432 273146 (eve), 07711 044419 (mob) - Contact secretary for details.