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Preparations For Season Have Already Begun
Preparations for season 2016-2017 started for Edinburgh’s five new Category 3 referees last night. Iain Sneddon, Daniel Graves, Craig Ferguson, Ryan Lee and George Calder met at Peffermill and ran through a series of practical drills with Specialist Assistant Referee Michael Banks and Assistant Referee Observer Keith Sorbie to prepare them for the step up to SPFL football. Category 1 referee Gavin Ross then gave the group an insight into the expectations of professional football.

 
 

 












George, Ryan, Daniel, Craig and Iain (L-R above) were five of the twelve referees that were part of the development programme run by the EDRA for Category 3 Development referees last season. They represent the largest cohort of new Category 3 referees in a single season from Edinburgh in modern times. 
 
In addition to the new Category 3 referees, next season represents a step up for a number of other members. Scott Millar has been promoted to Category 1 after impressing in his debut season in the SPFL. On the back of his appointment to the Scottish Junior Cup Final, David Doig has been promoted to the Specialist Assistant Referee Development group and is looking forward to his first season in the SPFL Premiership. Stewart Luke, who refereed last season’s Youth Cup Final at Hampden, has also been promoted to Category 2 Development.

Entering Junior and East of Scotland football at Category 3 Development are Jonathan Gall, Greig Haynes, Nicky Marshall, Gary McGregor and Steven Wilson.

Assistant Association Manager Mark Doyle said: “This is a great step forward in these referees’ careers and reflects not just the hard work and commitment they have shown throughout the season but the potential they have to progress through the referee categories. Along with Martin Clark I wish them every success for the coming season." 
 
This is a very exciting time to be a referee in the Association, the promotions are the first fruits of the Category 3 Development Academy which is being led superbly by Paul Reid and given that we have a further 15 referees in our Development Academy and a host of others who are progressing via the Club Academy Scotland program the future looks very promising, especially as it is backed up and supported through the dedication of our group of coaches and development advisors who have worked hard with the guys throughout the season.
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