Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) would like to thank all the clubs across the seven Northern NSW member zones who participated in the Referee Recognition Weekend and Silent Saturday on the 24th-26th June 2016.
Referees recognition weekend is an initiative conducted by NNSWF to publicly recognise, show our appreciation and say thank you to all of our referees and match officials.
Officiating football matches at any level can be a difficult, stressful, intimidating and often a thankless job.
“Thanks Ref Weekend” gives the football community the chance to show our referees and match officials that they are a valued member of the football family and are appreciated by players, coaches and supporters alike.
Any club was hosting a match sanctioned by Northern NSW Football on these dates including all junior, senior and representative fixtures were requested to take part in the day by showing their thanks and appreciation to all match officials present at their club on the day.
The Silent Saturday initiative was put in place for all clubs who were competing in AIA Vitality MiniRoos Football (u6-u11 age groups).
The message to the MiniRoos clubs was to encourage them to do their best to “Keep Quiet” and “Just let the kids play” on Saturday.
This program was aimed at all MiniRoos age groups with the main purpose of letting the kids play and have fun without having to worry about how their performance is affecting the adults on the sidelines. The objectives of holding the “Silent Saturday” was to:
– To re-emphasise that the game is about letting the kids play and have fun.
– To give the players a chance to play totally on their own.
– To eliminate the verbal questioning of the referees’ decisions.
– To help the few parents and coaches who feel they must provide constant direction, and to understand that the kids can play very well on their own with limited instruction.
Photos from the weekend: