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Dave Deacon

No longer a Referee Development Officer role at Cornwall FA

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Ray Brown announced yesterday that the Cornwall County FA Ltd was making the post of Referee Development Officer (RDO) redundant with effect from the 31st May.

Today is therefore his last day in the post as RDO.

Ray was the County Training Officer (June 1999 to August 2008) and then became the Referee Development Officer in September 2008.

He is leaving on a high as the county has obtained 10 promotions this year into the Professional Game (Level 4 & above) - the best results in the County’s 128 years!

Here's a list of some of the achievements of the last 9 years during Ray’s tenure

Cornwall FA's Referee Department Achievements
5 International Appointments
2 Wembley Appointments
2 European Finals
FA Futsal Level 1 Referee
FA Futsal Cup Final Referee
Referees officiated at National Level in 9 Different Disciplines
86 National Finals
2 Contributory League Assessors
2nd Ever Blind Futsal Referee Assessor
Assessors working at National Level at 3 Different Disciplines
FA Licensed Tutors in 4 Different Disciplines
PGMOL Select Group Training Camp 2009
Officiated at Nike Trophy since 2010 & Youdan Trophy from 2015
125 Celebration Dinner – Special Guest Howard Webb MBE
15 Development Tours (USA & Europe)
Central Appointing Scheme
Referees Academy
Service Award Scheme
Pilot County for FA Initiatives
History Breaking 10 Promotions to Level 4 and above in 2017

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People complain the standard on the SWPL is poor...I'm sure this is going to do that the world of good. We're now one of, if not the only CFA with no full time refereeing role let alone RDO in the country. 

How can a job that's two days a week attract anyone of real quality to the role let alone allow the person scope to have full commitment to the role?

No doubt this new 'RWO' will be no more than a glorified paper pusher.

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There are precious few people in the local game that have dedicated such long hours over many, many years to their particular area of interest quite like Ray has done.

I certainly didn't always agree with him but that's not the point - outstanding effort, thank you Ray.



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