This month, Senior Sport Lecturer David Dixon, launched a new video to support Essex County Football Association. 'Referee Online CPD 1' helps viewers to stay fit with a range of home workouts.
David is qualified referee in addition to being a BASES accredited sport scientist and an SENr accredited sports Nutritionist. He has strong links to Essex FA, having worked to recruit, retain and train referees in Essex. He said: "We're in an unprecedented time. Our interactions with others and ability to go to work have been restricted. Fitness and our mental health are very important. My YouTube video helps referees to stay fit and keep their strength up but also covers the importance of wellbeing. I encourage viewers to stay active, connect with others, learn something new and donate some of their time to assisting others."
The video reveals a series of workouts, developed using David's experience as an FA Licenced Tutor and FA Observer and knowledge he gained while training referees at a semi-pro level. He offers recommendations for a range of fitness levels, with an emphasis on speed and strength endurance training.
Referees from Bermuda to New Zealand contacted David to show their appreciation for the video. He said: "I was amazed to hear from so many people. Even in these uncertain times, social media makes it possible to connect and share ideas with people around the world."
David has now finished his teaching at Writtle University College for the academic year and will also be placing his work with the FA on hold. He is one of thousands of military reservists called up to support the armed services during the pandemic. David will serve as a corporal with the RAF Police.