We are pleased to welcome Lindsey Robinson to the Football South team as our new Referee Development Manager for the Federation.
Lindsey has been in a similar role in the United Kingdom for Northumberland FA, and has a decade of experience as a respected match official in her homeland. Lindsey's ability and experience was recognised earlier this month when she was selected to referee the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The showpiece match between Arsenal and Chelsea Ladies was played in front of a record crowd of more than 45,000 people.
"The day was a great occasion celebrated with my family in attendance", said Lindsey. "As the women's game is currently on the increase in terms of profile, participation numbers, and recent international success, to officiate a fixture at the National stadium and in front of a record crowd was just breathtaking and a moment I will never forget."
Formerly a player who represented Sunderland and Newcastle United, Lindsey described her pathway to becoming a match official.
"Living in the north-east of England and having two older brothers and a twin sister, football was always something you were around or involved in."
"I took the referee course in 2008 to support my role at the time as the Women & Girls Football development officer, thinking I already knew all the rules when in fact I had no clue about the Laws of the Game! With some great help from my local referee, mentor, and fellow "referee family" the opportunities and support helped me to get to where I currently am today."
Lindsey is looking forward to providing similar support to aspiring match officials across our Federation. Her recent experience at Wembley shows the unique opportunities it can open up.
"It is not for everyone, but for those that are interested and would like to contribute to the game this is a realistic avenue that can potentially open up many more doors for you. I believe there are many internal rewards and achievements from supporting the grassroots game."
"I love to be challenged and test myself as well as working in a team. I enjoy and have a great passion for football and love to be in what can only be described as the best seat in the house!"
During a recent visit to New Zealand, Lindsey was immediately drawn to the country.
"I visited the South Island in March, and travelled around the island visiting the many tourist attractions. What's not to love about the place!"
Lindsey will be moving over to New Zealand in August.