Referee Academy

Referee Academy 

What is it?

The SHA Referee Academy is a programme for supporting the development of handball referees (aged 16 +) in Scotland. The course is developed and supported by our own EHF and IHF level referees. 

The programme operates across the season, and includes both in-person theory sessions as well as online refresher courses. Referee Academy participants will also be appointed a mentor who will provide support and feedback across the year. Year-round support allows our young referees to build their confidence and develop their skills in a secure and enjoyable environment. 

What's the Pathway?

Academy participants will start their journey by refereeing mini and junior games. Depending on experience, and performance, referees may be fast-tracked to referee men's development and women's games. Once graduated from the Referee Academy, referees will still have access to all the resources and support from the programme as they progress with their refereeing journey. 

How much does it cost?

The programme is cost £20 for the year, and referees recieve a tshirt, whistle and cards. In addition, once you have attended your in-person and online tutor sessions, you can instantly start earning as you develop your refereeing skills! Being in the Academy is a great way to earn money on an ad-hoc basis. 

How can I join? 

We will be recuiting for our new Referee Academy cohort from the beginning of May to commence the programme from September. To register your interest to be in the Referee Academy Cohort please fill in this form: here



Refereeing FAQs

Student Referee Courses 

We work in partnership with Scottish Student Sport to deliver student refereeing courses across the academic year. Please check our calendar or our social media pages for upcoming courses. 

Buy Replacement Referee Equipment 

Recommended whistles are the Fox 40 Classic Whistle which can be purchased from our SHA webshop here

Recommended referee cards can be purchased here.

Any Questions?

If you are interested in refereeing or already have a referee qualification please contact