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Launch of Assoc., of Elite Sports Officials ( AESO


By Kath 6/10/08
October 6 2008

Launch of Association of Elite Sports Officials (AESO) A new organisation bringing together the cream of refereeing and umpiring from football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket will be launched at 1.00pm on Tuesday 7 October at Twickenham Stadium.  

Launch of Association of Elite Sports Officials (AESO) 

A new organisation bringing together the cream of refereeing and umpiring from football, rugby union, rugby league and cricket will be launched at 1.00pm on Tuesday 7 October at Twickenham Stadium.

Chris White
Chris White 
Part of The Active Members Group



Dedicated to raising refereeing and umpiring standards, through the exchange of ideas and training methods, and promoting a more positive image of officials, the Association of Elite Sports Officials (AESO) is comprised of former and current elite referees and umpires.



The AESO’s main aims are:


· Improving standards of officiating in sport through inter-sport exchange of ideas and practices

· Developing and supporting a positive image of sports officials

· Engendering a greater appreciation of the dedication of sports officials and their key role in sport

· Assisting sports governing bodies to recruit and retain sports officials, especially amongst females, young people and ethnic minorities


 

The AESO Executive Board
Chairman - David Elleray (Football Association) 
Vice Chairmen - Stuart Cummings (Rugby League), 

Ed Morrison (Rugby Football Union) 
Chief Executive Officer - Chris Kelly (England & Wales Cricket Board) 
Technical Director - Keith Hackett (PGMO, football) 


The Active Members Group
Football – Mike Riley and Howard Webb 
Cricket – Nigel Llong and Richard Kettleborough 
Rugby League – Steve Ganson and Phil Bentham 
Rugby Union – Chris White and Rob Debney

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Launch of Assoc., of Elite Sports Officials ( AESO
Unofficial England Rugby Union (IP Logged)
06/10/2008 20:51
Launch of Assoc., of Elite Sports Officials ( AESO

 
Re: Launch of Assoc., of Elite Sports Officials ( AESO
PoyntonShark (IP Logged)
07/10/2008 00:17
An easy target no doubt, to be attacked from all quarters, but anyhting that helps, or even attempts to help the officating standard can only be a good thing in my book. So long as it doesn't just turn into a propoganda machine.

There is far too much talk about good ball and bad ball. In my opinion, good ball is when you have possession and bad ball is when the opposition have it." - R.I.P. Dickie Jeeps 25/11/1931 - 08/10/2016

 
Re: Launch of Assoc., of Elite Sports Officials ( AESO
Kath... (IP Logged)
07/10/2008 12:32
COMMENTS ON THE LAUNCH OF AESO

David Elleray, Chairman of AESO (former Premiership and international football referee):


There is enormous mutual respect between the match officials of different sports, and the formation of AESO enables us to learn from each other in a more structured manner. I'm delighted that we have received the support of our respective governing bodies, who see the very tangible benefits involved in cross-sport projects of this kind. While each sport has its own specific challenges and demands, there are many aspects of refereeing that cut across sports and that is the platform we will build on. We have started with the full-time officials in football, cricket and both rugby codes, but anticipate the organisation growing to include senior part-time officials as well as representatives from other sports.


Lord David Triesman, Chairman of The Football Association:
I warmly welcome the formation of the AESO. Elite officials should have the support and resource across sports of those who face similar challenges. How officials come into sport, what they learn and how they stay involved is critical to all of us who love our particular game and sporting fairness in general.


Ed Morrison, Head of Elite Referee Development at the Rugby Football Union:[/b]

On behalf of all Elite Referees in Rugby Union we're delighted that this initiative has been introduced. All sports can learn from each other and I'm looking forward to working closely and exchanging ideas with football, cricket and rugby league.



Stuart Cummings, Match Officials Director at the Rugby Football League:
This is an extremely positive move as it is an initiative where by ideas and innovations can be shared to improve officiating standards and recruitment of match officials in all sports.


Chris Kelly, Umpires Manager at the England & Wales Cricket Board:


While the world of sport continues to evolve the officials; role needs to be given as much support as possible to allow the officials development to keep pace with the evolution. The AESO is well suited to support this development by providing opportunities for officials to share best practice and to confront the challenges in their sports with new perspectives. The AESO has an opportunity to shape the public perception of officiating which is key to recruitment and retention in all sports.

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