Return to Training

Training Announcement!

Notice from Association Manager Alan Cunningham

Please contact your COVID officer before attending!

COVID-19 Co-ordinators / Officers
Alan Cunningham
Gerry Corrie
EAST – George Dunbar
EAST – Sean Carr
WEST – Michael Monaghan
WEST – Gary Hilland
SOUTH – Kenny Rogers
SOUTH – Paul Salina

Glasgow RA will strictly adhere to the Scottish Government and SFA Guidelines at all times.
DO NOT attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms however mild (new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change in sense of taste or smell).
Do NOT attend if member of your same household has symptoms or is self-isolating.
DO NOT attend if not actively training – spectators are not encouraged.
Members from high risk groups should self-assess whether they should attend training. If uncertain, consult your doctor for advice.
ONLY attend after contacting appropriate Covid-19 Officer for Training Area by text/phone/ email and receiving approval to attend. No longer able just to turn up and expect to join the training session.
When allowed to attend training, be punctual arriving no earlier than 5-10minutes before commencement of session. Late arrivals may not be permitted to join the training.
When allocated to a group for training, please remain in the same group in attempt to limit any spread of the virus and to simplify any future Test and Protect requirements.
If you feel unwell at any time at training, immediately advise COVID-19 officer and go directly home immediately and visit NHS Self Help Guide website requesting a test if appropriate.
Adopt F.A.C.T.S. – face coverings, avoid crowded spaces, clean hands regularly, 2 metres physical distancing applied and self-isolate if you have symptoms.
If you are unable to attend training, please notify Gerry or myself of the reason (eg. illness, work, family commitments, studies, on game etc.) prior to the session as the Scottish FA continue to require an attendance record to be maintained.

Contact appropriate COVID-19 Officer to confirm that you are intending to train. Only attend, when in receipt of approval.
Self-check – if you have symptoms DO NOT attend.
Only members from the same household are permitted to travel together. If using public transport, face coverings must be used.
Be prepared to train without use of changing facilities – turn up ready to train. Don’t bring kit bags. Bring your OWN water bottle, face coverings, tissues, and hand sanitiser (no sharing permitted).

Park car (if possible sensibly apart from other users) and adhere to guidelines – use a face covering and maintain 2 metre physical distancing. No handshakes, hugs, high fives etc.
Adhere to any one way system in operation.
Check in with Covid-19 Officer and sign attendance record.
Once allocated to a training group, remain in the same group throughout the session.
Use hand sanitiser.

Only when on the training surface – physical distancing requirements are suspended and removal of face covering is permitted.
Follow Trainers instructions at all times.
Avoid spitting, cleaning nose, touching eyes/nose/mouth. Apply coughing and sneezing etiquette ( using tissue or crook of arm).
Do not share water bottles. Do not mix with other training bubbles.
There will be no physiotherapist service available.

Leave training surface when instructed and resume 2 metre physical distancing and use face covering. Leave venue promptly.
No changing facilities are available. Toilet facilities will be open and compliance with the venues’ guidelines will be required.
Use hand sanitiser and sanitise equipment as necessary.

WEST TRAINING – Restarts Wednesday 9th September 7pm to 9pm using the usual 1/3 part of an atroturf pitch. Given the size of the training surface, guidelines restrict numbers to 14 plus 3 coaches maximum. Consequently, dependent on numbers, two sessions may be required 7-8pm and 8-9pm. It is essential you contact Michael prior to attending.

SOUTH TRAINING – Restarts Wednesday 9th September 630pm to dark at Lochinch (grass park without floodlights). 20 members per half pitch are permissible per the Guidelines.

EAST TRAINING – Currently, Crownpoint remains closed and, as yet, no alternative venue has been secured. All schools are not taking external bookings whilst Glasgow Green, The Emirates and Toryglen are taking no new lets. Running track at John Wright Sports Centre and Lochinch on a Tuesday evening starting 630pm are possibilities from next week. If a regular East training member, please advise of your preference.

Any significant breaches to the above protocols, could lead to a variety of measures being taken including an individual Member being suspended from training to the entire training area from being prevented from continuing in the present format. Every Member has a responsibility to ensure compliance with the guidelines is strictly adhered to.
Given the unprecedented circumstances, guidelines from Government and the Scottish FA are likely to change. As a result, the above procedures may vary. Your health and safety are paramount and no risks will be taken to compromise this. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we endeavour to resume training for the benefit of all members. Any questions / queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Coronavirus – Joint Response Group

Please see the following statement from the Coronavirus – Joint Response Group.

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August Association Meeting

Tomorrow at 7.30pm brings our first association meeting of the season!


Join us on zoom by checking your emails for the meeting ID and password as we look at the new laws of the game for season 2020/21 ⚽️

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Zoom Coaching Thursday 16th July

In response to the feedback received from the last online coaching session, our coaches, William Collum, Nick Walsh and Craig Napier, will be hosting another session on Thursday 16th July at 8pm – check your emails for how to get involved!

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Zoom Coaching

Zoom coaching session for members on Thursday 16th July at 8pm more info on how to sign up coming soon!

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SFA Notification on unsanctioned matches

The SFA become aware of a number of unauthorised matches, mainly at grassroots level, being played in various parts of Scotland.

Can we remind ALL referees that you should NOT referee these matches until official government guidelines have changed and relevant approval via Scottish FA has been received.

Referee Operations Department

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I am pleased to report that Ross Clark and Gary Hanvidge have been successful with their SCORE applications.

Given the strong competition for only nine places, this is a great achievement.

Congratulations are extended to both members and trust they continue to work hard on this Initiative to develop their potential to the full.



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2020 Promotions

SFAR Glasgow is delighted to announce the following individuals who have received promotions.

Congratulations to all and good luck for next season.

The Refcom re-grading meeting was on the 15th May and, on behalf of the Glasgow RA, I am pleased to congratulate the following members on their achievements.


Cat 2 Dev to Cat 2​​​ – Ross Hardie

Cat 3 to Cat 3 SAR Dev – Scott Anderson & Chris Rae

Cat 3 Dev. to Cat 3​​​ – Brian Christie, Robert Peacock & Regan Wallace

Cat 4 Dev. to Cat 3 Dev – Steven Clark, Thomas Denholm, Scott Douglas

​​​​​Fraser Macara, Yaser Razouk & Jamie Wilkie

Prior to the AGM, Garry Doherty (7 seasons) and Liam Butler (8 seasons) decided to resign from the List after serving senior football for many years. Both wish to retain their membership with Glasgow RA.

After many successful years, Jim Burns (13 seasons) and Scott Love (11 seasons) have completed their careers as category 3 officials and have been re-classified as category 4 referees.

Gary, Liam, Jim and Scott are thanked for their service to senior football. I wish them every success and good health for the future.

Given the fierce competition for limited spaces, Members, unfortunate not to receive the outcome they desired, are urged to stay positive and, with the support from Gerry and myself, re-charge and re-double their efforts to achieve success in the future.

Keep well, fit and stay safe.

Alan Cunningham

Association Manager, Glasgow RA.

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Online Coaching Clips and Seminar

We’re delighted to announce that members can take part on a new online seminar run by Nick Walsh and Craig Napier.

Members should have received an email on Friday detailing how to access the coaching clips to review and respond to by Friday, May 1st.

Referees will be shown 6 clips and asked to provide a decision along with a short explanation.

An optional Zoom coaching meeting will then be held on Tuesday 5th May 7.00pm to discuss the solutions and provide coaching.

Should you have any difficulties accessing these materials then please review your emails to see who you can contact for support.

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Regional Training Day

The Scottish FA Referee’s Dept. propose to run an on-line Regional Training Day via Zoom on Saturday 16th May 2020  10am to 12 noon.  Any member ( cat 4, 4 Dev, 5, 6 or 7 ) wishing to participate in this coaching session should email their Association Manager (  ) by Sunday 3rd May to register their interest in being included in this very informative and useful initiative that will assist with their referee development.


Alan Cunningham, Association Manager, SFA Referees Glasgow

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