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Opportunity - Refereeing Mental Health Champion

A great opportunity to help remove the stigma of mental health among the refereeing community.

Are you a current of former referee, referee coach or referee mentor?

Are you committed to promoting positive mental health in refereeing and everyday life?

Would you like to be part of the first mental health champion scheme for referees and other match officials?

The FA Refereeing Department is committed to supporting the mental health of referees and everyone involved in refereeing. Whilst many people are comfortable talking about their physical health, we know talking about and seeking support for our mental health can be a challenge. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. As our bodies become unwell, so too can our minds, with one in four adults and one in eight young people experiencing mental health problems each year.

Sadly, the cost of not talking about mental health can be devastating, with almost 4,000 people taking their own lives each year.

As a founder signatory of the Mental Health Charter for the Sport and Recreation and the Heads Up Mentally Healthy Football declaration, The FA have worked with Mind to co-design a mental health champion role to help tackle the stigma within refereeing.

Ultimately, the aim is to create an open environment so that referees and everyone involved in the refereeing community can talk openly and be supported.

Want to know more about becoming a Refereeing Mental Health Champion?

Download the documents below, which include an application form and details of how to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 9am on Monday 22 March 2021.




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