Activator of the Month (November): Tom Haver

Congratulations to our Activator of the Month, Tom Haver, our Football Refereeing Activator! 

Tom coordinates our student referees across our Campus Sport football leagues, which have approximately 35 fixtures per week. He works closely with the Athletic Union clubs at the Students’ Union to allocate referees for internal opportunities, and with local organisations for external opportunities.

Tom also observes and mentors our Referee Hub members, and has recruited 29 student referees since the start of term. This month, he has supported an additional nine to complete their FA Basic Referee qualification. He has observed and mentored referees, creating personal action plans for each of them. He has also designed an internal CPD programme tailored to their needs.

We have noted that Tom relishes the opportunity to develop himself. After being accepted onto Hampshire FA’s Referee Youth Council, he has been heavily involved in organising training and events within the county, which has been a great benefit to his role. This November, Tom took the opportunity to put himself out of his comfort zone and delivered part of a referee qualification alongside Hampshire FA staff.

Tom has been at looking at ways to retain and reward our student referees, and has implemented a ‘Referee of the Month’ award which will be rolled out in the New Year. Tom is an asset to our team, and we are constantly impressed at how diligent, professional and dedicated to his role he is. Thank you for all of your hard work Tom!

Our Activators and Coordinators are a team of student volunteers who help to run the ‘Get Active, Stay Active‘ programme. The programme is available all year round to students and staff at the University of Portsmouth. The sessions are either free-of-charge or at reduced costs. There are over 50 sessions a week in 25 sports available – and membership is free!

If you’re interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport, or want to know more about our Get Active programme, please contact

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