Welcome to NorthumberlandFA.com for the latest edition of my weekly column.
There’s plenty of positive news for me to get through this week, and I’d like to start by mentioning our recent success in the Safeguarding Operating Standards assessment, which we are all very proud of here at Northumberland FA.
After receiving an emphatic pass in the assessment, Girling Hughes Associates - who have been tasked by The FA to assess safeguarding procedures at all County FAs – stated how impressed they were by our safeguarding structures, and highlighted the fantastic work of our Discipline Officer, Scott Flynn, in developing YouTube videos to help under-18s understand the personal hearings process, which is just one example of our modern safeguarding approach.
Keeping the game safe and enjoyable for everyone is of paramount importance to us as a County FA – so if you wish to report any concerns, or discuss our safeguarding procedures further, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Gill Shields, on Gill.Shields@NorthumberlandFA.com
Staying with recent achievements, last Tuesday marked a very special day in the grassroots football calendar, as we announced our 2018 Grassroots Football Award winners.
Special mentions go to Cramlington United, Michael Third, Callum Inwood, Sean Hamilton and Joey Harries, who all picked up our local awards and will now head to the national stage. Without the hard-work and dedication of our leagues, clubs, referees and volunteers, the grassroots game would cease to exist – so, on behalf of everyone at Northumberland FA, I’d like to say a huge thank you for your efforts throughout 2017/18.
Finally, as many of you would have seen on our digital channels this week, our Referee Development Officer, Lindsey Robinson, is leaving the organisation on a year-long career break to the New Zealand FA. Lindsey has supported and inspired many a referee during her time with Northumberland FA, and leaves a lasting impression on our tight-knit community of match officials. I’d like to wish Lindsey – and Andrew Smith, who will take over as RDO when Lindsey leaves – the very best of luck in their new roles.
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