Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Community Football Manager Peter Haynes, is mostly known for his tremendous abilities as a player on the football pitch having won five National Premier Leagues (NPL) championships with Broadmeadow Magic, and spending numerous years playing at the top level.
After retiring at the end of last season, Peter has now jumped into the world of refereeing this year in the attempt to assist the officials that helped make his football playing experiences so great.
Peter said although he initially joined the ranks to help out, he’s grown to love being a referee.
“Unfortunately, I could not play at the level I wanted and needed to play at any more,” Peter said about his retirement.
“I have heard for years all the comments from players and coaches about there not being the quality or quantity of referees, so I wanted to be part of the solution and try to assist.
“It also keeps me in the game, its good exercise and I have found that I really enjoy it.”
“Now I am not ‘part of the team’ I still get to enjoy the game and be part of it. I love talking with players and helping them enjoy the match and stay safe.”
Having played since he was six-years-old and progressed through elite football programs, Peter is using his extensive knowledge to him help make an enjoyable environment for those he’s officiating.
“There will always be some negativity due to the nature of the role. Every decision sees one team unhappy but I have not experienced any abuse,” Peter said.
“I think as a referee you need to accept that not everyone at the match will be happy with you all of the time but I think if you manage the game and the players in the right way that there is a good chance that both sets of players, coaches and supporters will respect the job you do at the end of the day.
“One of the best methods I have found in my short time as a referee is to continue to talk with the players about why you are making decisions and to not portray yourself as a ‘faultless robot’.”
From working in the Community Football department at NNSWF for over ten years, Peter has also witnessed the fantastic work the NNSWF Referees Department officials do in helping young referees perfect their skills and due to this, encouraged others wanting to become whistle-blowers to come aboard.
“The work that Brad Carlin, Jake Southward and the coaching team within the Referee body is excellent,” Peter praised.
“Helping young match officials to not just have a really good understanding of the laws of the game but also understand how to manage players and the game its self is so important.”
After playing at an elite level for the majority of his career, Peter said he’s been attempting to encourage his past teammates, of all quality levels, to help out and give refereeing a go.
“My brother-in-law, Jason Hoffman, plays for the Newcastle Jets I am working on him and a few mates playing NPL, to join me when their playing days are done,” said Peter.
“It would be great to officiate a match together in the future for a different perspective on the game.
“It’s a connection point for all of my friends. I love getting out on the pitch with my mates and enjoying the game,” Peter concluded.
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