Sussex-based referee observer Trevor Burnand recognised by The FA for his 50 years continuous services to refereeing.
In the 50 years that Trevor has been involved in refereeing, he has managed to cover most aspects of the game. In 1968, he started as a class 3 referee (level 7) progressing to class 1 (Level 4), in 1985.
Later, Trevor became an FA referee tutor and over the years many aspiring referees went through courses under his tutorage.
Around the same time as becoming a tutor, Trevor also took on the role of an assessor (now called observer) as he wanted to pass on his knowledge to other up and coming referees. Trevor continues in this role today as he feels it is his way of giving something back to the game that he has enjoyed so much, and still does to this day!
Unfortunately, Trevor was unable to attend the Sussex County FA Awards Evening, at the American Express Community Stadium in September, due to a pre-booked holiday, so instead we managed to catch-up and surprise him with his award at the Sussex Bluefin Junior Challenge Cup Final, where he was the referee observer.
After the presentation by Sussex County FA President, Les Kempster, Trevor said: “I really appreciate this, but I don’t do it to get awards, I do it because I love doing it!”
Sussex County FA Referee Development Manager, Paul Jeffery, commented: “Trevor thoroughly deserves this recognition, and as modest as he is being, which really sums him up, he needs to know that his outstanding contribution to grassroots football over 50 years is not only greatly appreciated by us at a county level, but also nationally by The FA. On behalf of all of us I’d like to say congratulations and thank you Trevor!”
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