About Us

On this page you will find out about our history as a Youth Council as well as some information

Our Mission

The RA-FA Youth Council are a group of 11 young people working to support young referees across the country, by delivering effective programmes to develop and sustain the Youth Council workforce.

“The RA-FA Youth Council is a representative consultation body that is a voice for young referees on all matters relative to match officials.”

The RA-FA Youth Council delivers a number of key programmes that successfully support Youth Councils and young people

Our History

July 2012 – Formation of RA-FA Youth Council with special guests David Bernstein (ex-FA Chairman) and David Elleray (FA Referees’ Committee Chairman & RA President)

  • September 2012 – Launch of Inspired Fund to support young people fund and access Basic Referee Courses

  • July 2013 – Inaugural RA-FA Youth Council Friday events took place at RA Conference 2013. 90 young people took part in afternoon training and development sessions and a social and entertainment evening

  • September 2014 – Implementation of 8 Regional Representatives to provide one-to-one support to all County FA Youth Councils across the country

  • October 2014 – Launch of the RA-FA Youth Council Referee Development Fund that gives funding opportunities to Youth Councils and County FAs for referee development initiatives

  • May 2015 – 50 of the country’s Youth Council workforce attend the first National County FA Youth Council Conference, with a day full of exciting development sessions and networking opportunities

  • May 2015 – First ever training and development event at the RA Eve of Final Rally 2015, facilitated and hosted by the RA-FA Youth Council

  • August 2015 – 2 RA-FA Youth Council members (Will Finnie and Tom Bowkett) co-opted on to The RA Board

  • July 2016 – Alex Bradley (Sussex) recieves first Joel Richards Young Volunteer of the Year award

  • September 2016 – Change in RA-FA Youth Council structure as for the first time ever, The RA-FA Youth Council has two Vice  Chairs with the appointments of George Lowe and Deryll David
  • November 2017 – The newly branded RA-FA Youth Council Development Programme, to assist, support and develop Youth Councils, County FA’s, Local RA’s (Referee Associations) and Refereeing Groups nationally.
  • July 2018 – The addition of a new role the RA-FA Youth Council Female Referee Lead

Meet The RA-FA Youth Council

Deryll David

Role: Chair

Level: 4

County FA: AFA

Local RA: Direct Member

Joe Larkin

Role: Vice-Chair

Level: 4

County FA: Birmingham

Local RA: Leamington

Bruno Gaisie

Role: Vice-Chair

Level: 6

County FA: London

Local RA: Direct Member

Chloe Matthews

Role: Female Referee Lead

Level: 5

County FA: Staffordshire

Local RA: Cannock Chase

Lewis Dawson

Role: North East Regional Representative

Level: 3

County FA: West Riding

Local RA: Huddersfield

Joe Cunningham

Role: North West Regional Representative

Level: 6

County FA: Manchester FA

Local RA: Direct Member

Seth Galia

Role: East Midlands Regional Representative

Level: 4

County FA: Northamptonshire

Local RA: Northampton

Daniel Ellis

Role: West Midlands Regional Representative

Level: 5

County FA: Worcestershire

Local RA: Bromsgrove

Liam Giles

Role: East Regional Representative

Level: 5

County FA: AFA

Local RA: Barking and Dagenham

Harvey Newstead

Role: East Regional Representative

Level: 7

County FA: Norfolk

Local RA: Norwich

Ollie Kaya

Role: London + Central Regional Representative

Level: 6

County FA: Berks and Bucks

Local RA: Bracknell

Mitch Terry

Role: South West Regional Representative

Level: 4

County FA: Wiltshire

Local RA: Swindon

William Cannon

Role: South West Regional Representative

Level: 4

County FA: London/Kent


Who We Work With