British American Football Referees Association


International Women's Day 2020 - 8th March - 5th Mar 20

On the 8th of March every year, sporting communities around the world celebrate women’s contribution, achievements and increasing visibility and call for the acceleration of gender equality. It’s a fantastic celebration of just how far we have come in raising awareness against bias.

Since BAFRA was formed back in 1984, we have had just over 40 women come through our ranks. However, we have never been in a situation where we have had 6 fully qualified and experienced Officials at any one time. We have that now.

Last year at the Women’s European Championships held in Leeds, 2 of our Officials were selected to work the event, Susannah Taylor and Alisha Darkins. This was a very proud moment for the Ladies, BAFRA and for American football in Great Britain. A great achievement and reward for all their hard work in their officiating development and support to the sport in general.

Throughout the world there are many activities planned by various sports organizations to mark the day and BAFRA are included. We want to shout about our very own amazing Woman.

This coming Sunday, 8th March, BAFRA have assigned its first all-Female Crew to the BUCS Playoff game between Derby Braves and Newcastle Raiders. The Ladies have been working hard to make this happen and is testament to their determination. I have no doubt they will do a great job.

If you are free why don’t you come along to watch what should be a very competitive game

Location: University of Derby Sports Centre, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

Kickoff is at 1:00pm

The Officiating Crew are as follows:

Referee:                           Alisha Darkins

Umpire:                            Benita Grant-Booker

Head Linesman:                Leanne Spencer

Line Judge:                       Lil Bush

Back Judge:                      Susannah Taylor

Centre Judge:                   Barbara Jacquin


Davie Parsons, BAFRA President

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