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Essex County FA Appoint New Council Members

Mon 24th Jun 2013 | Football Governance

Two new members have been voted onto the Essex County FA Executive Council following a recent annual general meeting, with Chris Lee taking on the Essex Referees Association Representative role while Mark Holmes becomes Group Three Youth Rep for the Southend area.

Both were voted onto the Association’s committee at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford and will now attend regular meetings and continue to have a positive impact on grassroots football in the County from the 2013/14 season. Holmes’ region also encompasses Rochford, Castle Point, Basildon and Thurrock.

Lee, a qualified referee currently active at Level Five said of his appointment. “I’m looking forward to acting as the ‘link man’ between the Essex County FA and referees, working alongside James Lisher [Development Officer] and Director of Refereeing, Wayne Deller.

“I have worked a fair bit with James in my role as a tutor, and likewise with Wayne, and I think there are some very good initiatives underway on the refereeing front which I hope I can assist in promoting and developing.”

“It’s also my role is to push the Referees Association [RA] forward to ensure our younger, less experienced match officials can get all the help and support available at a local level in order to supplement the excellent training that The FA and County FA provide.

“The RA, both locally and nationally, is in a relative state of flux at present but there are some very strong local RAs and we need to push the positive elements and encourage all referees to join.”

Holmes, who currently runs Under 9s and Saturday Veterans Teams for Leigh Ramblers FC, sees the new changes in youth football as a challenge to be tackled and hopes the Respect programme can maintain a fresh outlook to keep everyone “in love with the game” whilst improving all areas.

He added: “I’m looking forward to working with all the members of the Essex County FA and I’m hoping to learn more and use this to help others.

“I want to be a voice for clubs throughout the area and help them to improve, as well as leagues. A smooth transition for the new 5v5 structure for the coming season is important, and maybe we can also look at Under 21s leagues more closely too because this is an area of real potential growth.”

Image: Chris Lee, centre, takes charge. www.essexfa.com

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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