CFA Referee Mentors

Cumberland FA are recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support new Referees

This is a Voluntary Position (remuneration package included)

Following a pilot programme in 2018-19, Cumberland Football Association (CFA), is inviting applications for several new Referee Mentors. 

These CFA Mentors position will be appointed to help Referees through the early months of Refereeing.  This will include supporting young Referees through their first five matches and transition from being a trainee to a Level 7 or Youth status. 

Reporting directly into the County FA, successful candidates will need to be passionate about and committed to the development of referees. 

The key characteristics of a good Mentor are friendliness, approachability and patience. Experience as a referee is helpful but it’s not necessary for this to be particularly lengthy. In many ways, someone who qualified a year or so ago will be an ideal Mentor for someone who is newly-qualified as the issues that challenge a new referee will still be fresh in the mind of the Mentor. 

As a mentor you will work as part of a team focused on developing and retaining referees within the grassroots game. Mentors will be allocated a trainee referee who has successfully completed the practical and theory parts of the Basic Referee Training Course and is ready to begin their initial five matches. You will need to contact the trainee and make yourself available as someone they can call upon for help, advice and support. We ask our mentors to watch their trainee’s initial five matches and give informal feedback afterwards. 

You should be in possession of a valid and current driving licence.

Shortlisted Candidates will be asked to attend an informal interview.  These sessions will be at a time and date convenient to the applicant.  

Those who are selected at this stage will be expected to attend an induction evening (2 hours at a date/time tbc) and are also required to complete the FA Mentoring Adults course which will take place on Monday 2nd and 9th December, 2019, from 6-9pm at the CFA offices, Cockermouth.   This free training is approved by The FA and once you have attended the session your record as a referee will be updated to show mentoring as a qualification. 

From time to time we arrange evening training sessions for mentors.

Download the CFA Mentor Role Profile

The CFA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

We also ask mentors to have up-to-date Safeguarding Children certificates (these should not be more than three years old) and to attend some specific CFA Safeguarding Training and sign a Code of Conduct. 

We will provide help and funding for mentors who need to update their CRBs and Safeguarding certificates.

Mentors will also be provided with an agreed remuneration package which will include a set fee per mentee and Nike kit. 

If you are interested in volunteering and believe you have what it takes to be an effective CFA Mentor then we would be very pleased to hear from you. 

For an informal discussion about the vacancy or to arrange a visit to the CFA you can contact James Reid (Football Development Officer) on 01900 511 800 or e-mail James.Reid@CumberlandFA.com  

Download an Application Form

Please return your completed application form, marked CFA Referee Mentor, ‘Private and Confidential’ to Cumberland Football Association, Units 3 & 4, Tithe House, Station Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9QW or e-mail footballservices@cumberlandfa.com with subject title ‘CFA Referee Mentor’

Closing date for applications is Friday 27th September 2019

The CFA is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. All eligible roles are subject to a DBS check.

As an equal opportunities employer the CFA welcome applications from all parts of the community.