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Development & Courses

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referee development

The Westmorland FA has this season launched a brand-new Referee Academy.

The academy is named after the late Donald Shepherd, a former Westmorland League Referee who officiated regularly on our leagues. 

Donald’s family have been great supporting this project and a Go Fund me page was created to fund opportunities for people to become and develop as a referee. 

Every month PGMOL Select Group Two Referee, Jeremy Simpson, delivers a running session based on refereeing. This is followed by a classroom-based session to enhance learning and development.

make a difference to the game

 Have you got what it takes? Are you up for the challenge? Could you manage and control 22 players?

Why not become a Referee?

Refereeing is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in football.

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players, and supporters, enjoy their match day experience
Westmorland FA Referees
Referees walking off the pitch.


Are you a qualified referee? A coach of junior football club? A welfare officer?

If you are and think you could offer constructive feedback to young officials and help to ensure they feel supported and safe in their first five games, please get in touch with the Westmorland County FA at

We are always on the look out for referees mentors to ensure that our officials are supported in the best way possible.