Pat Sheehy of the Referee’s Committee has launched a recruitment drive for new referees in this county.
There are limited numbers of referees available in Kerry but this is also the case in all other counties.
The number one goal listed in the GAA’s recently published ‘Referee Development Plan 2018-2021’ is increased recruitment and retention of referees.
Retention is just as important as recruitment because the effort required to enlist new referees is somewhat in vain if they’re not in it for the long haul.
The reality of refereeing is that it can be a steep learning curve so unfortunately the drop-out rates can be high in the first year.
The GAA’s National Match Officials Manager, Patrick Doherty, hopes the introduction of a new mentoring programme as well as an even greater emphasis on referee training and education will give new referees the support they need to stay the course.
If you are interested in becoming a referee, please make contact with Pat Sheehy or Mark Griffin for the details on the mentoring programme.