Have a great referee development idea? Will it engage your referee workforce, mentors, coaches or assessors? Need some extra funding to put your idea into action? The RA-FA Youth Council is proud to present to you the Referee Development Fund.

The Referee Development Fund is a programme delivered by the RA-FA Youth Council and is available to anyone who wants to develop referees and referee volunteers. Not only do successful applicants receive funding towards their great idea, but also a bespoke support package that ensures the full and successful delivery of your project.

To date, over £27,000 has been invested into referee development projects across the country, including development days, mentor schemes, referee course bursaries and academies. No matter how big or small the idea is, the Referee Development Fund can help.

Who Can Apply?

Any County FA, Youth Council or County/Local RA can apply for funding and support through the Referee Development Fund.

How It Works

There are just FIVE easy steps to getting funding and support from the Referee Development Fund:

1. Submit Your Application

Download an application pack (found below), complete and email to RDF@rafayc.co.uk Make sure you have included a clear plan of your project or programme! Need some help completing your application? Get in touch with your Regional Representative who will be happy to help

2. Application Successful

An independent panel that will decide if your application is successful will review your project plan. You will be notified of the decision within 20 working days. If your application is successful, you will be sent a Funding Agreement for you to sign. Not quite there yet? If your application is unsuccessful we will work with you to give feedback on improving your application.

3. Project Delivery

Now it’s time to deliver your project! To get your funding all you have to do is meet the criteria set out in your Funding Agreement. But don’t worry, our team of Regional Representatives will help you along the way.

4. Project Feedback

We want to hear everything about your project and how it’s going. Keep in touch with your Regional Representative on its progress. Share photos, videos and stories from your project with us by emailing RDF@rafayc.co.uk and we’ll get it published on our website and social media!

5. Receive Funding

Finished your successful project? Now it’s time to get your funding! Upon the successful delivery of your project, you will be required to submit evidence that the criteria in your Funding Agreement have been met. You will then be sent information on how to claim your funding.

How Much Can Be Applied For?

Any amount between £150 and £500 can be applied for, however the amount awarded may change depending on the decision of the independent review panel and the success of your project.

The Referee Development Fund can be used to fully or part fund a project.

Have A Question?

It’s easy to get in touch with our Referee Development Fund team. Email info@rafayc.co.uk for more information and we will be happy to help.

You can also get in touch by social media, tweet us @RAFAYthCouncil or search ‘RA-FA Youth Council’ on Facebook.