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Central Meeting - Thursday 8th February

The next Referee Training for all Regions will be delivered at a Central Meeting on Thursday 8th February, commencing 7pm at our new venue the University of Westminster (Marylebone Campus) 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Nearest tube Baker Street (Map).  Topic: “Decision making - communicating and ‘selling’ decisions around the scrum and particularly foul play.” 

In a slight change, we are pleased to welcome  Christophe Ridley (RFU), Nic Berry (Aus/WR), Glenn Newman (NZ/WR) to lead training and discussions.  (unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Karl Dickson cannot now make it). Nic, as AR2, and Glenn, as TMO, will both be on duty at Twickenham on Saturday for England v Wales. We also hope to increase the number of attendees on these occasions. The object of the Central London Meeting is continuity in your learning and development, in this case via the valuable experience, through the toughest of learning curves, of our guest speakers. Knowledge and tips you can consider and apply to your own refereeing will be invaluable. If you pick up just one nugget to enhance your refereeing, making the effort to attend will be hugely worthwhile.

These meetings are also an excellent opportunity to get to know fellow referees and members of the Society you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

Talking of socialising, the pre and post-meeting venue is The Globe public house, a few doors down at 43 Marylebone Road where we will provide food for you after the meeting. (Map)

Please make every effort to attend. We look forward to seeing you there. Everyone is welcome!
Young Match Official Development

LSRFUR is working hard to recruit and develop the next generation of Match Officials. In this video, find out how Young Match Officials at one School have developed their on-field skills, and how refereeing has given them broader skills, with which to grow and develop as individuals.

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

Further Training videos can be found here.
April General Meeting Calling Notice/Central Meeting - Thursday 19th April
8.3.18 (revised 13.4.18)

Dear Member,

The April General Meeting of the Society shall be held on Thursday 19th April at 7pm prompt at the University of Westminster, (Marylebone Campus), 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Nearest tube Baker Street, (map). The draft agenda for which is set out below. Following the General Meeting, the Society’s Central Training Meeting for April shall take place. This months topic is  ‘Director of Rugby Perception and Expectations of Match Officials’. Our guest speaker is Alex Hadley, DoR of Battersea Ironsides RFC, who will be alongside our Training Manager, Simon Dodd. There will be a presentation followed by Q&A from the floor. Please note, the proceedings will start promptly at 19:00.

On the social side, there is a CHANGE OF VENUES! Meet before for pre-drinks at The Metropolitan Bar (Weatherspoons), at Baker Street Station (7 Station Approach NW1 5LA). Afterwards, complimentary food will be served at The Volunteer Public House, which is a short walk away, across Marylebone Road at 245 Baker Street NW1 6EX. (map)

I very much hope to see you there.

Warm Regards

Peter Coulthard
General Secretary, LSRFUR

Introduction and Welcome
Minor Changes to the Constitution of the Society for approval

Elections for the 2018/19 season
Any Other Business
Following the conclusion of the formal General Meeting, the Society’s Central Training Meeting shall take place
Jack Lewars - International Referee

Congratulations to our latest International Referee - Jack Lewars! During Easter weekend, Jack travelled to Poland having been appointed to the Rugby Europe Under 18 Championship Final - France v Georgia.

France, the reigning champions, made it to the Final having easily beaten Romania and Spain in the Quarter and Semi Finals, whilst Georgia had equally comfortable wins over The Netherlands and Portugal at the same stages. The Final was a repeat of the 2017 match, however this year Georgia were to be crowned Champions, winning a very close game 8-3.

If you would like to watch a replay of the Final, the whole match can be found here.

Well done Jack - hopefully the first of many such appointments!
Female Only - Referee Workshop

With the massive growth in Women and Girls Rugby, the number of rugby matches locally, nationally & worldwide is multiplying! Rugby Union needs to recruit more referees to facilitate ALL games. This particular taster session is aimed to encourage females to get involved and to discover the fun and satisfaction of refereeing all types of games. Ladies, please give it a go! Full details here.
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