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Young Woodley officials benefit from East Berks Football Alliance bursary

Jay Winnett and Fin Ward benefit from fund setup to honour former referee Gary Stevenson

Young Woodley officials benefit from East Berks Football Alliance bursary

Two new young referees have been awarded a bursary to assist with their development at Woodley United thanks to a fund setup in memory of a former Reading referee.

The two recently qualified officials Jay Winnett and Fin Ward were presented by Ken Clark, the President of Reading Referees’ Association with bursaries from the East Berks Football Alliance Gary Stevenson Referee Development Fund at Woodley United’s Managers’ meeting on 8th January 2018.

Gary, who died in 2009, was a referee and involved with Winnersh Rangers and Reeves Rangers and the fund is used to support newly qualified referees.

Both Jay and Fin referee Woodley United Football Club youth matches and as part of their mentoring and development are supported by Reading RA

About the Reading Referee’s Association

The Reading RA is a society of football referees. It is a local branch of the National Referees’ Association which has some 13,000 members in over 300 branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The Reading RA aims to provide training, support and camaraderie for local referees of any age or standard. Find out more on the website here.

Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of FootballinBracknell. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Trinity Mirror. Manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.