The Moray and Banff Scottish FA Referees Association plan to run a training course in Elgin for budding referees wishing to get involved in officiating. The programme is due to start on Thursday October 28th and run for six consecutive Thursday evenings until early December. The course will be held at Borough Briggs, Elgin from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The cost is £15, however a £5 discount will be available if you mention when booking that you saw this advertised via our web pages, I’m sure you'll agree this is a bargain not to be missed!!


The Association is looking for new recruits who could range from parents wishing to ensure children's football on a Saturday morning is not scrapped due to a lack of officials to supporters who think they can do better than the current officials they watch at the weekends and from former players looking to give something back to the game to ambitious youngsters who aim to emulate some of the Moray and Banff Association's own referees and officiate at the very top of the world game.


The training course will run for six weeks and afterwards, a written exam is taken which resembles an actual match with a pass mark of 80 percent. Then, an oral exam is undertaken where the subject views footage of match incidents and gives their own course of action and again the pass mark is 80 percent.


Finally, the budding officials will referee two games at under-10s or under-12s level where they will be accompanied by senior officials from the association and offered advice and feedback on their performances.


This is all it takes to become a fully-fledged referee so if you think it might be for you then do not hesitate to enroll for the forthcoming training course by contacting Doug Ross, Association Secretary, 07779 999283 or Brian McGaw, Recruitment Officer, 07538 192200 or 01343 817965 (W), or visiting