This year the Easter Open will have the honour of welcoming a very experienced ex professional match official and current referee coach in English Football Martin Cassidy to our team.
Martin is a former referee at the Easter Open, he attended with a large referee group for three years until his works commitments prevented him from continuing.
Martin met Jorg Oppers over 20 years ago in the USA and they are still very close friends today.
Martin is also Head of Referees for the International Socca Federation and along with Jorg worked with Mark Clattenburg and Bobby Madley in the Socca World Cup last October. https://soccafederation.com/?fbclid=IwAR3XSh-hK51w1Nfk_zJrH0xdwy2CcNR0BpTrC5nZmf4FaQhP9AUEdOD3Bi4
He is also CEO of the UKs only registered referee charity Ref Support UK who have made national and international news for the support they give referees on and off the field of play.
Martin will observe and more importantly, coach referees during our tournament. He will offer advice and support after the game or during half times. This is the beginning of a partnership with Ref Support UK that will enable us at the Easter open to support our referees and help with their development.
Tiny van Gemert from http://www.easteropen.com/said “We are very happy to have Martin and Ref Support UK on board. We value our referees and we feel this will enhance their experience. See what they do here
Ref Support are holding and evening with Mark Clattenburg on March 20th on Weston super mare grand pier.
Book your place here https://refsupport.co.uk/an-evening-with-mark-clattenburg/