Tomorrow afternoon, a Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor, Corporal Lauren Impey, will referee a Women’s Super League fixture.
Corporal Impey is one of four members of the Armed Forces that will take charge of tomorrow's Barclays Women’s Super League fixture between Everton Women and Chelsea Women.
She will lead a quartet of Armed Forces officials, which includes assistant referees Levi Gray and Gareth Dunn (both Army) and fourth official Adewunmi Soneye (Ex-Navy).
This is a landmark moment for the Barclays Women’s Super League, as the first time that any fixture in the women’s game has featured an officials team consisting entirely of former or current Armed Forces personnel.
“It is a great honour to lead this Tri-Service team on Remembrance Sunday. As we stand together to remember and reflect, we pay tribute to the extraordinary women and men who have given the ultimate sacrifice.’’
Cpl Lauren Impey
Corporal Impey became a B2 level referee in June 2023, which enables her to take control of matches in the National League North/South. She also has an MSc in Adapted Physical Activity, a qualification that enables her to help people with physical impairments exercise to the best of their ability.
“This opportunity highlights how our people can develop through sport, to the highest level. For the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force to be represented at this match on Remembrance Sunday is particularly special.”
Air Commodore Richard Fogden
Director of RAF Sports
"We're thrilled that we've been able to represent the hardworking servicewomen and men of our country on such a poignant weekend. Everybody at The Football Association wishes them well for the game."
The FA's Director of Professional Game Relations