A message from Lucy Callingham - England Rugby Coach Developer
Fuel isn't the only shortage causing us problems at the moment, we're also desperately short of referees!
Societies are struggling to cover lots of fixtures on a Saturday and Sunday, so I'm approaching you to help us recruit more refs into the game. It can be a flexible arrangement alongside playing/coaching/teaching with referees able to set their own availability and travel time preferences. For example if you can only do 1 game a month and only want to travel up to 30 mins from your house, or even just at your own club, that is perfectly fine, and will still go a long way to helping the game!!
Mixing refereeing with playing/coaching/teaching is also a great way to see the game from a different perspective, and can really help with personal development. Not to mention the fact that you're really helping players in the game by facilitating their match. Games can't happen without a ref!
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in completing the England Rugby Refereeing Award, we have 3 courses coming up in Kent. One at Simon Langton (Canterbury), Sevenoaks School and Dulwich College.
We've changed the format of the course now, so face-to-face day 1 includes the safety elements of refereeing with all the basics to get you started. After day 1 we actively encourage you to get out and referee games, your local referee society can help you with this, as well as supporting your development. Following day 1 there will be 4 online learning sessions (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr) were we'll introduce further learning topics as well as discussing your experiences from your practical refereeing. Then we bring it all together at the end of the season for the 2nd face-to-face day where we do the final sign-off. Our new format gives new referees even more support, as well as the opportunity to learn alongside gaining practical experience out in the field officiating matches during the season.
To make it even better Kent CB have agreed to fund places on the course. To find out more information please visit https://www.kent-rugby.org/news/funding-available-for-coaching-refereeing-courses-starting-this-october/
Here are the direct booking links for visit www.englandrugby.com/courses for further courses
Simon Langton Grammar School (Canterbury), Sunday 10th October- Click here
Dulwich College, Sunday 17th October- Click Here
Sevenoaks School, Saturday 20th November – Click Here