Registration for the Goalball UK Referee Course 2023 is now open! Learn everything you need to know during our two-day practical and residential referee course.

The course will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2023 at Bromsgrove School, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, B61 7DU.
See the FAQs below and register on this page

The 7 new Referees in their Goalball UK red fleeces in front of a Goalball UK banner. Left to right: Matthew Exley, Craig Meulen, Aaron Mitchell, Louise Gough, Stephen Reilly, Anna Martin, and Stuart Tapp.


Who is the course for?

Individuals who would like to support Goalball UK competitions by becoming a referee.

Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the start date of the practical course.

Unfortunately, the course is not suitable for people with a visual impairment. However, people with a visual impairment can still play an active role at competitions on the official’s table so please contact Goalball UK for more information.

What’s involved when you become a referee?

Goalball UK competitions are frequently held, all across the country, at weekends, during the season (which runs from September to July each year). Whilst there is currently no minimum number of competitions you are required to referee at, there is an expectation to make yourself available whenever you can throughout each season to keep your refereeing up to date. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by Goalball UK (in line with Goalball UK policies)

What’s involved in the course?

The two-day practical course will be delivered by experienced IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) and Goalball UK referees. It will focus on developing the sport specific and transferrable skills required for you to be a good referee.

You need to be in attendance for the full duration of the practical course.

Prior to the practical course you are required to meet the course pre-requisites (see below).

As part of your preparations for the practical course you will also undertake an online module to develop your understanding of the rules and your role as a referee.

After the practical course you will receive ongoing support from experienced Goalball UK referees. You will be observed at two Goalball UK competitions before officially graduating as a Goalball UK referee.

What are the benefits of being a Goalball UK referee?

  • Join a community; meet new people to create a new social network
  • Goalball UK hummel referee kit
  • Know you are supporting people with a visual impairment play the sport they love
  • Take part in exciting events across the country and potentially abroad – this could be the start of your journey to officiate internationally or at the Paralympics!
  • Develop transferable communication and leadership skills
  • Travel, food, and accommodation costs are covered by Goalball UK

Course pre-requisites

To ensure you have some background knowledge and experience, before attending the course, you first need to have:

  • Completed the Goalball UK online Introduction to Officiating course.
  • Table officiated (all roles) and goal judged at a minimum of three Goalball UK competition days – with at least one day being at Intermediate or Super League level, previous experience at Goalball UK competitions will be considered. Competition dates can be found on the Goalball UK website. 
  • Informally whistled at a club session, have a go day, or other Goalball UK activity.

Please note, you don’t need to have completed the pre-requisites before registering your interest in the course.

Register your interest

To register your interest for the next course please complete the Registration Form. Goalball UK will then be in touch to discuss the course pre-requisites and the role of a Goalball UK referee before confirming your place.

More information  

If you require more information or have any questions, please contact Steve Cox by email or phone 07706 286584