Aimed at supporting young referees in Hampshire, this new initiative will see yellow armbands introduced for all referees under the age of 18. We are keen to support all referees in the game, but it is important to remember that those who are under the age of 18 are still children. The yellow armband will aim to remind everyone that the referee is still subject to the children’s safeguarding legislation, and should therefore be protected, encouraged and treated with the utmost respect.
The Respect Armband was launched at Hampshire FA’s Respect fixture between Portsmouth FC and Peterborough United FC on Saturday 7th December 2019.
On the announcement, Andy Moisey, Hampshire FA Referee Development Manager, said 'Hampshire FA are keen to back our officials, but it is important that our younger officials are respected by all who support the game, the armbands for under 18 referees are seen as a positive step forward in achieving this.'
Declan Hellyer, Hampshire FA Referee Development Officer, said, 'Over a third of our referees in Hampshire are under the age of 18. It is vitally important that they are supported and developed to ensure that they continue to referee for many years to come.
Should any referee still not have received their armband can they kindly contact the Referee Department at Hampshire FA.
'The Respect Armband indicates that the Referee is a young person. This will hopefully raise awareness for every person attending the game to be mindful that due consideration must be given towards the young Referee throughout the fixture.' - Ian Binks, Designated Safeguarding Officer at Hampshire FA.
The Respect armbands will be distributed in the post shortly. All referees under the age of 18 are recommended to wear the armband at all times when officiating.