Referee Development Team

Our volunteer network

In 2011, Manchester County FA introduced a new support structure for refereeing.

Led by Referee Development Officer Chris Kavanagh, MCFA’s Referee Development Team is an innovative approach that provides support, assistance and mentoring to the referees across the city.

The main points of contact for the Referee Development Team are as follows:

Referee Development Officer - Chris Kavanagh

Joint Academy Co-ordinators – Tom Parsons & Mike Sutcliffe  


Appointments Co-ordinator – Richard Cooper

Assessor Co-ordinator – John Martin

Basic Referee Course Co-ordinator – Brian Reilly

Coach Co-ordinator – Eddie Evans

Discipline Co-ordinator – Andy Philbin

Education & Development Co-ordinator – Dave Addison

Next Step Co-ordinator - Chris Dyson