Sportsmen and women, around the globe, have become accustomed to support from coaches, in their specific sports, in order to enhance their performance as they strive for excellence.
Referees, at all levels of the game are no different, and they need to have quality input from qualified coaches, on a regular basis, if they are going to be able to cope with the challenges that officiating in the modern game of football demands.
It is critical to achieving excellence, that there is a close working relationship between the referee and coach. There must be trust, impartiality and openness and a positive learning environment with an agreed framework that incorporates continuous development, set against agreed and meaningful performance objectives.
Roger Dilkes, from Mossley, Lancashire is an English former football referee who officiated in the Football League and Premier League.