Congratulations to WO2 (QMSI) D Bishop RAPTC on winning the 2020 Army FA Referees Le Bernton Trophy.
What is the Le Breton Trophy? The Le Breton Trophy is presented to a Level 7 Army FA Referee who has shown the most potential and commitment.
“WO2 Bishop qualified as a referee in January 2019 having recently finished playing Corps football (RAPTC) and coaching the Men’s Army Under 23’s Fully Immersing himself into refereeing and qualifying as a level 7 official within 2 weeks of passing the Army FA basic referee course, he has now refereed over 150 fixtures a regular official for the Army, Surrey and Hampshire FA. He has already officiated an Army Cup Quarter Final, Surrey Cup Semi Final and been an Assistant Referee on the Surrey FA Junior Cup Final as well as numerous Massey and Woolwich Cup games.
Taking over the role of appointments secretary within the UK South Referee Committee as a junior official her has truly excelled in the role, providing support and guidance to officials and league managers alike. He has ensured that fixtures are apportioned fairly, whilst keeping all parties appraised with fixtures changes. Always on hand day or night to offer advice or arrange observer attendance to officials that aspire to promote and progress within Army refereeing.
As the UK(S) focal point for briefing the Men’s Army U23s, Women’s Army team and Men’s Infantry Corp team on LOTG changes, WO2 Bishop was also appointed as lead referee for Man v Fat Football and Talking Football (Mental Health) in conjunction with the Army FA and Aldershot Town FC (Shots Foundation). As an active Board member for the UK South Football League he provides football coaching and refereeing support to all teams across the division.
To cap a hugely successful first year of football officiating, WO2 Bishop completed his 7 to 6 promotion package, securing some excellent reports and continues to aspire toward further promotion next season. Motivated to complete his observers’ course at the earliest opportunity, WO2 Bishop displays an exceptional level of enthusiasm for activity in support of Army Refereeing.”