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LSRFUR 2017 Conference - message from Peter Coulthard, General Secretary
I hope that you are summering well. With the new season fast approaching, it gives me great pleasure, following the great success of last year's event, to confirm the arrangements for the Society's Annual Training Conference.
The Conference this year will be held on Sunday 3rd September 2017, 10:30am (for a 11am start) at the University of Westminster, Little Titchfield Street, W1W 7BY (nearest tube Oxford Circus). Please note that this is a different venue/location from last year. The formal conference is due to finish by around 2:30pm, and a sandwich lunch will be provided. The Conference will consist of a number of sessions, including an update on Match Official Development and Pathways in the Society and how it will work for the upcoming season, and a Laws Update session (of particular relevance this season) that will be run by the Professional Game Match Officials Team.
Tickets this year will be £5.50, which will include lunch, and should be bought in advance through the Society's online box office. (opens in separate window) Note that the initial fee set out on the front page excludes VAT - ultimately it will cost £5.50/ticket. Having selected your number of tickets, on the checkout page please complete the required fields (marked with a *, which includes your Region; note address details are optional). For payment, you will be taken to PayPal to complete the purchase (if you don't have a PayPal account, you can pay without creating a PayPal account using Debit/Credit Card). You will be emailed an "e-ticket" which you should either print or have available on your phone/tablet for scanning on entry on the day.
Should you have any questions regarding the content of the day, please contact Simon Dodd, the Training & Development Manager. Otherwise I look forward to seeing many of you on the 3rd September.
General Secretary, LSRFUR
Message from LSRFUR President, Edward Evans
On 1st June a new Management Committee took office to run the Society for the forthcoming season. At the April General Meeting of the Society, Simon Ambler was elected as Deputy President, Nick Ansell as Chairman of Appointments and Grading, Simon Dodd as Training and Development Manager, Andy MacNeaney as Regional Manager of the North Region, John Durkin as Regional Manager of the South West Region, John Payton as Midweek Manager, Simon Hardcastle as Premier List Manager and Suzanne Whealing as Communications Manager. Alexis Manley has become our SEG Representative and Dave Broadwell, the Development Squad Manager. Others continue in their previous roles. Gary Dibden and Simon McConnell have left the Management Committee after a number of years of service and the thanks of the whole Society are due to them for their efforts.
Very recently our General Secretary, Tim Miller, has been appointed to the RFU Council as representative of all England's referees. This is very good news for refereeing and our congratulations should go to Tim. Tim has decided to stand down as General Secretary of the Society so as to devote the time and effort needed for his new role with the RFU. He has been involved with the running of the Society for many years in various roles, not least as President from 2007 to 2011, but also as Treasurer and SW and SE List Secretary (the forerunner to the Regional Manager role). Obviously we are sorry to lose someone of Tim's experience but he will remain involved with the Society and I am sure we will see him at committee meetings from time to time.
Fortunately, and thanks to good succession planning, we have in Peter Coulthard a readymade replacement as General Secretary. Peter has been Assistant Secretary for several years and is delighted to step into the role. While until very recently Peter has refereed at Level 5, he is now spending more time assessing or refereeing at a less demanding level.
I am sure I speak for all members in wishing Tim well in his new role with the RFU and wishing Peter well in what is a key role with the Society.
Summer well. Make sure the date for the annual training conference is in your diaries - Sunday 3rd September in Central London - details to follow. Also the Annual Dinner will this year be on Thursday 16th November at The Mayfair Hotel. Invite and details to follow as soon as the speaker is confirmed.
Shawnton De Four, Old Emanuel RFC
Last weekend (Saturday 4th March), just like every other weekend in the season, whilst tens of thousands of players up and down the country went out and played a game of rugby, battled hard with opponents for 80 minutes, and then returned with them to the Clubhouse afterwards to share in the camaraderie of this great game, for one player this was sadly not the case. Shawnton de Four of Old Emanuel RFC, collapsed whilst playing for the 2nds on Saturday 4th March, in a match officiated by one of own (SW Region Referee). Despite the efforts of so many people at the Ground and the emergency services, Shawnton didn’t make it to the bar. He was an important part of the Old Emanuel family and had played for the 1st and 2nd XV. He leaves a wife, and 14 month old twins.
A JustGiving page has been set up - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Shawnton - Old Emanuel RFC wishes to raise funds for the twin's future education and help their member of the rugby, sporting family. OERFC would appreciate any donations and publicity.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to Shawnton's family and friends, and to all our friends at OERFC at this difficult time.
Calum Tomas - International Appointment
LSRFUR is delighted to announce that Calum Tomas [Howard] has been appointed to the Ireland v Japan U19 International on 25th March at Donnybrook (Leinster). The match will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the relationship between the two countries' unions. This is a fantastic achievement and is the first new appointment to a capped international for the Society in several years, following a strong 2016-17 season for Calum in National League One. Congratulations!
LSRFUR Touch Judge/AR Flags
New AR/Touch Judge flags, very much cheaper then previously available, which include the Society Insignia, can now be purchased directly from the Kit Manager. The flags cost £12/pair and can be ordered using this Kit Order form.
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Global Law Trials
Hopefully, you will have seen the new Global Law Trials which take effect in England on 1st August 2017. Here is a summary of a Q&A on this topic which professional referee Matthew Carley conducted on Twitter, shortly after publication, which may be of interest. Further guidance is expected and will be fully in place by the 3rd September Conference, where much discussion will no doubt ensue!
World Rugby Global Law Trials
Matt Carley Twitter Q & A Transcript
Annual Dinner - 16th November
The Society's Annual Dinner will be held this year on Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT (close to Green Park tube station).
A cash bar will be open from 18:15; call for dinner will be at 19:00 (seats to be taken by 19:10).
This year we are pleased to report that the former Welsh international and British & Irish Lion, Scott Quinnell, has agreed to be our main speaker.
The ticket price will be £63 per person, and we are hoping for another memorable evening not to be missed. Dress code is, as usual, black tie.
To reserve your place or book/arrange your table of 10, please email Hayley Pearson.
Payment can be made at any time but must be received by Monday 6th November - either via:
1) BACS (Account name: London Society of RFUR / Sort Code: 60-13-34 / Account No: 04404432 - please include your name in the transaction comments); or
2) By cheque made payable to the London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees, marked for the attention of Hayley Pearson, c/o Vodafone, One Kingdom Street, London W2 6BY.