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The Referees' Association is delighted to offer it's members an exciting opportunity with St Marys University. St Mary's are running an Professional Development: Sports Officiating course.

This Sports Officiating Master's degree ideal for anybody with an interest in sports officiating. This includes:

  • Practicing officials who are seeking to develop their skills,
  • Referee and umpire development leaders and executives who wish to offer their officials contemporary insight into training and progression
  • Academics who wish to pursue the investigation of sports officials as their chosen field of interest.
The degree aims to enhance not only your critical understanding of the sports official’s role, but also your research and application of training and development regarding sports officials. The course content has been carefully constructed following consultation with our partners and senior academics.

Sports Officiating is a fast-growing, contemporary area of interest, with 50% of research in this area having been completed between 2015 and 2020!

We invite applications from individuals with a high level or experience in the field of officiating.

Please note: This offer is for RA members only.

For infomation and to apply for the course, click the link below.

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The National RA recommends that prospective members should join through their local LRA, the easiest way being to attend one of the many local association meetings that take place across the country on a regular (usually monthly) basis. Find your nearest branch now.

Alternatively, online membership is now available for any referee who wishes to take up central membership. The National RA will then allocate you a local branch. Join now.