Its that time of the year that I would like all teams at all age groups to think about voting for The Harry Smith Referee of The Year at each age group.
This is our third year of the presenting the trophy in memory of Harry Smith our former SERYFA President. I realise that a lot of coaches are new to our set up and may not know of Harry. Below is a small brief on Harry Smith
Harry had fought bravely against Cancer since late in 2015 and passed away on 7th July 2016. Even though Harry was extremely ill he still managed to organise another successful SPORTSassist South East Region Cup Final weekend at Dunbar. Once he got involved with SERYFA Harry became the main driving force behind our Finals weekend at Dunbar by bringing in Tom from SPORTSassist as our main sponsor and organising everything from the match weekend programmes to making sure the players had water in the changing rooms. Every year he came up with more ideas that made our tournament better. Harry always stated that the SERegion was the best run in Youth Football and that meant we had to hold the best Cup Final Tournament as well. Something very few people would be able to argue against.
Harry was involved in Youth Football since his early days as a referee. He was also vital member of the Lothian Buses League committee and also SERYFA where he served as President for a number of years. He also represented the SERYFA at Hampden where he was a well-known face. His no nonsense style didn’t always go down well with others but no one will ever be able to question his commitment to developing youth football not just in our region but all over Scotland.
We thought we would run a Referee of the Year trophy in Harrys name. Its been a great success and the referees, who we cant play the game without, really appreciate our gesture and everyone who has won the trophy so far has stated how proud they are to win it.
An e-mail will be sent to all team secretries and it would be great if they could take time to chat to coaches, parents and players and fill in and return the form to me.
Voting papers can also be dowloaded from bottom of page below photo of Harry
I would like to thank everyone in advance
Fraser Lawson SERYFA President