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Take Up The Whistle Training

Over the last year or so, LSRFUR Training Team, have developed, trialled and delivered a number of Take up the Whistle Training Courses, the purpose of which is to encourage the uptake of refereeing. The Course includes an Introduction to refereeing 15-a side rugby, and includes both Classroom and on pitch activities.

Full details, and the current Course schedule are on the Training Page.

If as an individual, or as a Club or a School you are interested in this Course, or other a Match Official Training Courses, please contact Bob Ockenden.

Further Training videos can be found here.
Pre-season Conference 2018

Following the great success of last year's event, please join us for the 3rd running of the Society's Annual Training Conference on Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10:30am (for 11am start) at the University of Westminster, Little Titchfield Street, W1W 7BY (nearest tube Oxford Circus). Please note that this is the same venue/location as last year and NOT where Central Meetings are held. (map)

For the bargain price of £5.50, get a free lunch and the usual diet of interesting and (perhaps) entertaining content on the latest law updates/interpretations, a session run by one of the RFU Elite Referees (identity TBC, subject to International and Premiership appointments) and other useful sessions. It is once again an event not to be missed! The formal conference is due to finish around 2:30pm. Attendees will receive a £15 voucher for the Gilbert shop on the Society’s website. (Will be e-mailed post conference.)

Tickets, as stated, will be £5.50, and should be bought in advance through the Society's online box office (opens in separate window) Note that the initial page excludes VAT & transaction fee. Having selected your number of tickets, on the checkout page please complete the required fields (marked with an *, 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.

Fuller agenda to follow as and when available, but do book your tickets now! We look forward to seeing many of you on the 2nd September.

Yo-Yo Testing - Summer 2018
20.6.18 (updated 1.8.18)

Dates/times/venues for the forthcoming Yo-Yo tests are set out below. The tests are open to everyone, and if you wish to referee at level 7 or above next season it is imperative that you have a registered Yo-Yo test score, so please book early and get it done. Please email Simon Hardcastle and book your place.
Sat 11th Aug 12:00pm - 1:30pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
Wed 15th Aug 6:00pm - 8:00pm University of East London, Docklands Campus, University Way, London E16 2RD - map
Sat 1st Sept 12:00pm - 1:30pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
National Panel Update 2018-19 from RFU

Dear All,

As the 2018/19 season approaches, please see below for a full update of the team as we move into the 2018/19 season


Firstly, many congratulations to Neil Chivers, George Selwood & Matthew Turvey on being promoted to the PGMOT as Referees.  All three have worked tremendously hard over the past number of seasons, with Neil being rewarded for his efforts with a GKC appointment at the end of last season.  We will see some if not all of them in the National Leagues this season, but are looking forward to seeing them progress into the Professional Game.

At this time of the year, we say goodbye to a few Referees, and leaving us this season are Chris Bennett, who joined the National Panel in 2014, after 4 years Chris is returning to play - we wish him all the success in the future.  We also say goodbye Tom Davis, who joined the National Panel in 2009 is retiring, an excellent stint by Tom, and we hope to see him back with us in some capacity in the future.  Finally Callum Sharp is leaving us having decided with his Australian finance to relocate to Australia - they both make the move in the next couple of months which will be a fantastic adventure, Callum is looking to continue officiating in Australia.  Thank you to all 3 for the service you have provided, and best wishes for the future.

Promoted as Referees onto the National Panel for the 2018/19 season are as follows;

Richard Haughton - Hertfordshire Referees Society & South East Group
Joe James - London Referee Society & South East Group
Andy Wigley - North Midlands Referee Society & Midlands Group
Ben Wilde - London Referee Society & South East Group
Daniel Woods - South Yorkshire Referees Society & North Group.

All five of them proved through the testing phase last season they could cope with the demands of the game at L4 and above, and all five will be an excellent addition to the team.  A big thank you must also go to all those who have supported their development to assist them in reaching this stage in the pathway.
Richard will be well known to most for his playing days with Saracens & England 7’s, who also has a very exciting tournament next week - being selected as one of the Referees for the World Cup 7’s being held in San Francisco - congratulations, and we wish you all the best in that competition.

Assistant Referees:

Again, many congratulations to the following on promotion to the PGMOT, Ian Bibey, Peter Brunt, Bill Burton, Nick Marshall, Simon Park on being promoted to the PGMOT as Assistant Referees, whilst all of them operated in some part in the GKC last season, they have all now been fully promoted - congratulations also to those who have supported their development.

Leaving us this season are, Simon Dodd - who has taken an exciting opportunity to teach in the UAE, we wish Simon & Family well in the new venture, but are certain that upon return to the UK in the future we will see him with us again.  Andrew Gardner, regrettably after a lengthy spell out injured has had to make the decision to retire, Andrew has been a great team member and it is unfortunate that we won’t see him on the pitch again - hopefully in the near future Andrew can start to pass on his knowledge to the next generation.  David Lodge, after 9 years with us is retiring - thank you for the excellent service you have given, and enjoy the next chapter.

We welcome back onto the National Panel both Matthew Daubney & Brian Ravenhill, both very experienced Assistant Referees with plenty of Professional Game experience, both will be a fantastic addition to the team this year - welcome back both.

Promoted as Assistant Referees onto the National Panel for the 2018/19 season are as follows;

Andrew Ashwell - Nott’s, Linc’s and Derby's Referee Society
James Cornell - London Referee Society
Mel Liley - Hertfordshire Referee Society
Adam Nicholas - Devon Referee Society
Carl Walsh - Yorkshire Referee Society
Michael Woods - London Referee Society

Fantastic to welcome all of you onto the National Panel, and we look forward to working with all of you over the coming seasons.


We bid farewell to a couple of long serving members of our workforce, the work they have contributed over a long period of time has benefitted a large number of Match Officials within our pathway - thank you to both for excellent contributions.

Andrew Calvert - having spent 27 years on the National Panel as firstly an Assistant Referee and secondly an AR Coach, Andrew is retiring, 27 years is some stint, and we would like to thank Andrew for the years of work he has put into developing people in the North of England, enjoy the next chapter

Ken Bracewell - having previously been a Referee Manager & Panel referee, Ken rejoined the National Panel in 2008 as a Match Observer, Ken has been an invaluable team member up in the North, and someone whose opinion is held in very high regard, it is sad to see him depart, however Ken will now be able to watch his grandson play more often - best wishes for the future.

We will be welcoming David Guerin onto the National Panel as a Performance Reviewer, David has served the North Group fantastically for a number of years, and will assist us working up in the North of England

Kindest regards,

Gareth, Steve, Alice.
RFU National Panel

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