TWO female Suffolk officials have been handed prestigious appointments.
Emily Heaslip (above left) will be fourth official for the Vitality FA Women’s Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea taking place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, December 5th, kick-off 2pm.
The 28-year-old, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, was also fourth official for last month’s semi-final between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion.
The referee will be Helen Conley and her assistant referees will be Lisa Rashid and Mel Burgin. The Reserve Assistant Referee will be Lauren Impey.
Issy Chaplin (above right) has been appointed as an assistant referee for the England Women’s Under-23 international versus Estonia Senior Women at St George’s Park on Tuesday, November 30th, kick-off 2.30pm.
The 20-year-old, who lives near Hadleigh, will be an assistant to referee Stacey Fullicks. The other assistant will be Nicoletta Bria and Aimee Keir will be the fourth official.
Suffolk FA Workforce Development Manager Alan Dale said: “This is an outstanding appointment for Emily, and she should be very proud of being selected to be part of the match official team for The FA Women’s Cup Final.
“Emily is a terrific role model for aspiring officials within Suffolk, not only through her refereeing but also in her role as a Referee Coach within the Suffolk CORE Programme. This appointment will only serve to continue to encourage those around her.
“Additionally, we are also delighted for Isabel to receive recognition for her high level of performances this season and we also offer our congratulations to Issy too.
“On behalf of the whole team at Suffolk FA, we wish Emily, Isabel and the two teams of match officials the very best for both occasions.”