RA Meeting: July 30th, 2020

With COVID-19 restrictions still partially in place in the UK, the Scunthorpe RA members met via ZOOM for their latest meeting.

See below the minutes from the meeting…

PRESENT: Rob Atkin, Andy Pontin, John Borrill, Ethan Andrew-Freeston, Ryan Boult, Ryan Coulson, Ethan Nundy, Robbie Hall, Amy Barber, Daz Bright, Dave Babski, James Needham, James Moody, Mark Wordsworth, Jez Hyke, Dawid Chabe, Louis Stamp.

APOLOGIES: Harry Atkin, Will Norriss, Jonathan Walker.



  • RA Subscriptions for next season 2020/21
    • Reduced subs agreed – £15 for adults and £5 for Under-18s. This has been possible as the National RA charge has been lowered to £12.
    • John Borrill is in process of setting up on-line banking to our Current Account. This will enable people to BACS transfer their subs, without the need to handle cash. Details will be circulated once they have been confirmed.
  • 2019-20 AGM
    • This was due to be held in June and was postponed until such time as it is safe and possible to hold. In the mean-time the current Committee will remain as is.
    • The Committee has also appointed James Moody as the new Media Officer, and we’re sure some of you will have already seen many posts, which are both good and informative.
    • Also, a mentoring programme is being put together by Robbie Hall, Ethan Nundy and James Moody, which will be published soon!
  • Events
    • End of season dinner rescheduled for October 16th. This is still under review and a final decision as to whether this takes place on this date will be made at the first SRA meeting of the new season on Thursday 3rd September.
    • U25 v O25 football match has no date set yet, again due to safety etc. Louis Stamp will look to organise when conditions allow.
    • As stated, the first SRA meeting will be Thursday 3rd September. It is unclear at present whether this can take place at Heslam Park, either outside or in the larger function room. It may need to be another on-line meeting. All will be confirmed as we get closer to the time.
  • COVID guidelines
    • It’s very important that we all read the guidelines issued by the FA and Lincs FA and ensure that where possible these are followed.
    • It’s important for friendlies that contact is made with the home club prior to the match day to understand what they have put into place and what facilities, if any, are available to you as officials.
    • Travel separately.
    • Step 6 and higher are not permitted spectators at this stage. Step 7 (Lincs league / Central Mids) are not restricted, although they should follow social distancing, not allow spectators to handle footballs etc
  • Leagues Update
    • Sunday League
      • Fixture meeting yet to be held
      • Hopeful of a September start although awaiting council information. Could be October!
      • Cup Finals – hoping to stage before new season – to be confirmed
      • New season will consist of 29 teams across 4 divisions (1 x 8 teams, 3 x 7 teams)
  • Laws of the Game Update
    • IFAB have created a laws update presentation on the law changes this summer. Rob has posted this on the Scunthorpe and District Members page on Facebook. The FA have also included this link on their latest Refereeing Update email.

Make sure you are up to date!!

  • AOB
    • Grimsby RA are holding a summer raffle, with various prizes on offer, including a MYSTERY 1ST PRIZE! Anyone wishing to buy any tickets should send their money via BACS to Grimsby RA: Sort code: 09-01-29, Account 04099260, remembering to include as Reference ‘RAFFLE (and NAME)’
    • Tickets are 2 for £1 or a book of 10 for £5
    • Make sure you have affiliated with the LINCS FA before you officiate any matches!
    • AFFILIATION IS FREE so there are no excuses!

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