We are pleased that in Hampshire we go all out to celebrate the great, to recognise, reward and congratulate our volunteers such as our Officials who have committed and dedicated hours of their time for the love of the game and it's not just refereeing, it is everything around it we must not forget - referee reports, travel, the amount of administration. They do it all!
They are part of the glue that keeps it all together, without them a game is not possible, cup finals would not be played and those special, highlight matches in one's playing career would end there if it wasn't for these exceptional individuals, fulfilling one of the hardest roles in the game.
It is only right to recognise them, the few that make the hard cells.
There are three awards for the following periods of continuous service:
- 10 Years - Certificate of Commendation - certificate
A Hampshire FA Certificate of Commendation is awarded to an individual for 10 years' additional service following the award of a Hampshire FA Service to Football or Referees Service to Football Award.
- 25 Years - Referees' Service to Football Award - certificate & gold, personalised clock
A Hampshire FA Service to Football Award is made for 25 years' continuous or aggregated voluntary service to the county and each winner is nominated by their local Divisional Football Association
- 50 Years - The FA 50 Year Long Service to Football Award - certificate, medallion & pin badge
The FA 50 Years Long Service Award is a highly prestigious award made to those who have given an astonishing 50 years service to football.