It was announced recently that NRG Referees Manager Graham Chapman had been invited to sit on the Referees Advisory Panel for Football NSW joining A league referee Kris Griffith-Jones.
‘this is an exciting moment for me as I know I can offer the panel great ideas and energy which can see changes brought about to all referees in New South Wales. There are 4 burning issues that I want to raise straight away. 1. An increase in fees for referees so we can combat the increased fees being paid by other codes such as Rugby League. It’s crucial that we respect that referees are under enormous pressure and they need to be remunerated accordingly for this. 2. Referees that officiate in trial matches are being called on more and more and we are seeing increasingly year after year the pressure mount on referees. The wider public has not been aware but for the past decade referees have only received half pay for trial matches. I would like to see this change which will attract more referees back to the game early on in the season. 3. Recruitment of referees especially through clubs be them younger or older referees. At NRG this has been a successful strategy and I would like to see this rolled out throughout the state which guarantees refereeing numbers. 4. I want a day when we can eliminate abuse of match officials especially on junior matches. 99% of the time the senior referees or mature referees can handle absurd behavior from the sidelines but junior and developing referees in junior competition should not have to be subjected to this and I am determined to stamp this out of our game’. said NRG Referee Manager Graham Chapman