Football Federation Tasmania has announced the hiring of Tony Peart to the newly created position of Referee Development Manager. The 33 year old Englishmen joins the Federation after spending the past few seasons as a linesman in the English Championship, officiating in games with the likes of Socceroos stars Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo and Mile Jedinak.
After officiating in games as recently the November 3 game between Fulham and Wolves he has now made the move from England to Tasmania and has begun in his new role where he will oversee the refereeing department.
Peart will be charged with seeking to continue to develop the standard of officiating in the state as well as looking to encourage new referees to take up the whistle. Also part of his job will be to set up a talent identification centre to try and help young Tasmanian referees reach the next level.
Peart has said part of his plan will be to engage and consult more regularly with the clubs and he has already set about organising meetings with all of the coaches and captains in the NPL Tasmania in order to gauge areas they feel can be improved.
He encouraged anyone interested in refereeing in to register their interest and said now was a great time for anyone considering taking up the whistle to do so.
“Right across Australia there has never been a better time to get involved in refereeing, there are now full time referees at the very highest level so it can be a career pathway for people.”
“We are looking for people to register their interest on our website (via the following link) and get them signed up to become future referees.”
Peart said he was looking to make an impact in a number of areas.
“There are a few targets, number one is to improve retention levels within refereeing, recruiting more numbers of referees and looking to improve the standard. Ultimately the aim is to supply world class level officials across Tasmania.”
He said that there was a number of factors that go into making a good referee.
“There are a number of attributes that go into making a good referee. Decision making and accuracy are obviously up there as that is the number one concern from players, but there are elements of man management, positioning and fitness that allows the referee to get the decision right.”
Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer said the hiring of Peart would be of significant benefit to the game in Tasmania.
“Football Federation Tasmania is committed to improving both the standard and number of referees involved in the game and we are confident that Tony will be a driving force in that area.”
“His time officiating at the elite level over in England will prove invaluable to developing referees in Tasmania and the wealth of experience he brings will obviously be a tremendous asset to all of our referees.”
“The game can’t function without them and we we hope that by bringing in Tony we will be able to attract more referees to allow for a greater coverage of games throughout the 2018 season in all divisions. We are excited by his arrival and look forward to seeing the impact he will have.”
Peart caught up with ABC’s Leon Compton on Wednesday morning, you can listen to his interview in full here, with the interview beginning at the 2:11:45 mark.