Refereeing on The One Show

Refereeing in Cheshire Highlighted on The One Show

Members of our team and local match officials showcase local grassroots refereeing on BBC’s The One Show.

Earlier this month, viewers of BBC’s The One Show were treated to an insight into refereeing at a grassroots level, with a little help from Cheshire FA.

With the Euros underway, our Referee Development Officer, Ryan Bostock, alongside colleague and Level 3 referee, Jacob Viera, and fellow Cheshire FA match officials Ruby Sykes and Dillon Buckley, all spoke to the BBC magazine show about the pathway available to anybody interested in getting into refereeing.

Filmed at both Altrincham Football Club and Manchester United’s The Cliff training ground, which hosted a national Centre of Refereeing Excellence event that same evening, the interview with The One Show provided a great opportunity to showcase the great work being done nationally but, more specifically, locally within Cheshire.

“I saw it as a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work we are doing in the refereeing world in Cheshire,” said our Referee Development Officer, Ryan Bostock, about the invite to be on The One Show.

“During my first season in the role, we have been able to mirror the national picture locally, by growing our referee workforce and supporting them to retain, convert, progress and, most importantly, enjoy refereeing in Cheshire. A highlight from last season is seeing the growth of females picking up the whistle, and when we have a role model like Ruby (Sykes) achieving the things she has at just 20-years-old, it proves to everyone that the opportunities are there to grasp.”

Cheshire’s Women’s Championship referee, Ruby Sykes, added: “I loved taking part in the filming and sharing some of my experiences in refereeing so far. I would recommend that anyone interested in refereeing gives it a go. There are so many amazing opportunities.”

Refereeing is at an all-time high, both locally and nationally. Of the 37,000 registered referees at the end of the first year of The FA’s new refereeing strategy, an impressive 1,151 of those referees are registered in Cheshire.

In addition, 78% of referees were retained nationally last season, while Cheshire recorded a higher percentage locally, retaining 80% of our match officials.

We were also delighted to see an increase of 34% in female referees getting involved in refereeing, with recruitment figures and the figure of referees progressing from trainees also increasing both locally and nationally.

However, we are continuing to look at ways in which we can create more opportunities to get involved in refereeing for people from underrepresented communities within the game.

For more information on how to get involved in refereeing across Cheshire, email our Referee Development Officer, Ryan Bostock, via