Veteran and Blue Light Veteran Support

FirstLight Trust (FLT) is a charity supporting those veterans who have done so much for us in many different forms. Connecting the emergency services or those from the armed forces community, we respect and support everyone as an individual and work with them to address the challenges that they face.

Teaming up with Ref Support UK enables both charities aims to provide the opportunity for veterans to train as referees, create paid roles and give veterans who are already match officials, the support conducive to a veterans needs.

This will not only help the development of the game but also offer support on an individual basis that will support veterans in building confidence, self esteem, help them to integrate with a local community and to receive professional advice from both charities in facing challenges presented to them.

Match official numbers are falling at all levels of the game therefore, delivering a recruitment drive in this field will offer unique opportunities to our veterans.

The game at all levels, already has a healthy number of existing match officials who are drawn from the emergency services and armed forces however, there has never been a recruitment drive aimed at veterans, until now.

Both RSUK and FLT are committed to supporting all referees and see this partnership as an added level of support to those who want to be involved in the game from as a match official.

To check out the impact FirstLight Trust please watch the video below. You can make a donation and support us in supporting others by visiting