Leigh (28), Father of Lexie-Anne (3) and husband to Emily – is from Treharris has been a society member since reviving his refereeing career back early in the 2009 /2010 season.
With Refereeing background of his Father Mike Jones a Welsh Premier League Assistant and Welsh League Referee, Leigh decided to take up the whistle at the age of 14. However, he felt he needed to finish off his playing days before being able to fully commit to the refereeing role.
Having played then for Merthyr Tydfil and a few local Welsh League and Senior / Amateur league teams Leigh had a brief spell playing and coaching out in Texas, USA and being selected for the Welsh Football Academy.
Since returning to refereeing in the 2009 /2010 season - Leigh has been a part of the South Wales UFEA Development Group under the guidance of UFEA Referee Observer Ray Ellingham. Returning as a level 8 referee Leigh was successful in his first season and gained promotion from level 8 to level 7 and is looking to secure a second straight promotion up to level 6 this season.
As part of the Development group Leigh has been fortunate to have extra in-depth training seminars and sessions throughout the year with the top level trainers and managers. Also as part of the group of 8 Leigh was invited to join the Welsh Premier League referees' at their yearly seminar which takes place in Newtown Football Club to gain experience and knowledge from some of the best referees in Wales.
Leigh’s interests other than Refereeing are Golf, Swimming, Fishing, Football and supporting his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
Some notable appointments along with Welsh Cup Round fixtures and Welsh League appointments to date since coming back to refereeing are as follows –
UFEA International Ladies Friendly Assistant – 2012
Wales U16’s –v- Finland U16’s ( G)
UFEA International Tri-Nations Match Assistant – 2013
Wales U16’s -v- Northern Ireland U16’s ( B ) UFEA International Tri-Nations Match 4th Official – 2013
Wales U16’s –v- Belgium U16’s ( B )
Taff Ely & Rhymney Valley Greyhound Cup Final Referee –
Pontlottyn AFC –v- Cefn Hengoed FC Taff Ely & Rhymney Valley Bernard Martin Cup Final Referee –
Pontlottyn AFC –v- Cascade YC FC
South Wales Youth U16’s Cup Final Assistant -
Afan Lido –v- Ely Rangers
Referee of the Year 2011/12 Season
Most Promising Referee of the Year 2009/10 Season
Nominated to be part of the South Wales UFEA Development Group
Leigh Jones - Referee