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Vacancy: Referee Development Manager

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 25th March 2024

Lincolnshire FA is seeking to recruit a Referee Development Manager to support the delivery of The FA National Game Strategy, The FA's Refereeing Strategy and the Lincolnshire FA's strategy in partnership with key stakeholders across Lincolnshire.

The pack below provides the following, to assist individuals when considering whether they have the relevant skills and attributes required for the role:

  • Role Information
  • Role Profile
  • How to apply including the Application Form with Equality & Diversity monitoring form

Download the Application pack here

Download the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form here

The successful applicant will lead the delivery of the referee development programme, being responsible for the consistent delivery of a high level of performance and customer excellence.

We are looking for an individual with a passion for the game, and for refereeing in particular, who wants to make a difference to football across Lincolnshire. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Football Development to provide strategic direction as we seek to deliver The FA’s Refereeing Strategy and achieve the four transformational goals to: make refereeing an attractive career choice; improve the refereeing experience; make refereeing more inclusive and enhance refereeing performance and development.

To be successful, applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and how their expertise and experience will enable them to meet the essential and desirable criteria. The interview panel must be convinced of the individual’s passion for refereeing, professionalism and understanding the integral role match officials deliver within grassroots football. Applicants should have knowledge and experience of referee development, understand grassroots football and experience of working with volunteers.

They should be computer literate, have an interest and background in football, with good presentation and communication skills, be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines. They will need to demonstrate exceptional customer service, be able to work as part of a team with excellent planning skills and be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.

The successful applicant will report to the Head of Football Development and thereafter to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Lincolnshire FA 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.

What can Lincolnshire FA offer?

  • An exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking, progressive sports organisation
  • A competitive salary
  • An exciting opportunity to work with key stakeholders within the grassroots and professional game
  • A commitment to empowered and supportive personal and professional development
  • A Workplace Pension Scheme 
  • Access to our health and dental support plan
  • Access to some FA employment benefits
  • A modern hybrid working model
  • Hours of work are 35 hours per week between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend work

This position will receive 33 days annual leave including banks holidays and a salary of £28,688 - £31,160 with a six month probationary period.

For any questions about the role or if clarity is required on the recruitment pack, please contact Nick Hanson Chief Executive Officer at

To apply please complete and return the application form and the following Equality & Diversity monitoring form. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 25th March although Lincolnshire Football Association reserve the right to close the process earlier than advertised. Interviews will be conducted w/c 8th April.

Have a look through the Application Pack here. 

To apply, please email to, with the subject line, Strictly Private & Confidential or by post to the following address:

Strictly Private & Confidential

Mr Nick Hanson

Chief Executive Officer

Lincolnshire FA

Deepdale Enterprise Park

Deepdale Lane



LN2 2LL 


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