Name: Will Ingram
Branch: Hunter Valley
Years Officiating: 1
Will Ingram from the Hunter Valley is only new to refereeing but is very much enjoying experiencing football in a fresh way having played at elite levels since he was young.
Will first began playing for Cessnock United and showcased tremendous skills earning himself a spot in the Hunter Valley Hawks representative side before then moving onto the Newcastle Jets Academy where he’s played since he was 11. It was from his desire to improve his playing skills that prompted him to take up the whistle.
“I wanted to learn more about the game from a different perspective,” Will said.
“I really enjoy being involved in a different aspect of the game, other than playing.
“I’ve received positive feedback from coaches and players. They would be the highlights so far.”
Will admits that there definitely some certain challenges he has faced as a referee in his short time but highlighted some key tips he’s learnt already in his time.
“My advice to other referees is to be consistent and confident in your decisions,” he said.
“I haven’t encountered any significant abuse as yet but have been challenged on one of my decisions by a team coach when I was linesman. I just stayed firm with my decision and wasn’t intimidated by the coach.
“Making good and the right decision quickly and being aware of everything that happens on the field are definitely some of the challenges of being a match official.”
Despite this, Will encouraged and recommended some of his fellow, young players to become referees, suggesting it will not only benefit any goals of being a match official, but also their playing goals.
“Some of the services that are provided are training and mentoring from more experienced referees and assessors,” Will said.
“My goals are to gain more experience and learn from more experienced referees and mentors.
“To anyone considering taking up the opportunity of being a match official, I’d say is definitely take up the responsibility. It is a great experience both as a referee and a player.”
Thank you to Will and all our match officials for their valued contribution to the game.