Monday 16 September 2019

High levels of interest expected for referee's course

Connacht Rugby coaches and workshops
Connacht Rugby coaches and workshops

Connacht Rugby is committed to making the sport of rugby a fun and safe experience for everyone who plays the game. Over the next couple of months a range of courses and workshops will be delivered to volunteers within the province and places are still available for anyone interested in taking part.

Connacht Rugby New Referees Course November 28, 2015 Sportsground

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) will be holding their next New Referees Courses on Saturday 28th November in the Sportsground.

This season, in an attempt to encourage more participation in refereeing in the province, the Association of Referees Connacht Branch, in conjunction with the IRFU and Connacht Rugby, have implemented a Community Referee grade within the ranks of the ARCB. Unlike regular recruits, who referee matches at all levels across the province, Community Referees will be ring-fenced for youth rugby in their locality. Ideal candidates should be reasonably fit, have a good understanding of the game and be available to referee at weekends.

The new course will be open to those who would like to become a Community Referee and those hoping to follow the full refereeing pathway.

Why become a referee?

Benefits to you:

• Stay involved in the game.

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• Keep fit.

• Learn more about the game.

• Referee locally, provincially or nationally.

• Make new friends.

• Membership of the ARCB.

• Access to kit.

Benefits to the game and the players

• Safe and controlled.

• Structured.

• Neutral referees.

• Enhanced playing experience.

• Values of the game are maintained.

I'm interested!

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer in Connacht and he would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a referee. His mobile is 086-1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at

Safeguarding Workshops

The Safeguarding 1 Workshop is essential for all Club Welfare Officers and useful for coaches, parents and club committee members. The courses will be held on the following dates:

Safeguarding 1

Workshop 1

Date: Tuesday 10th November 2015

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Venue: Cawley Room, Sportsground

Workshop 2

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Venue: Castlebar RFC

The Safeguarding 2 workshop is essential for Club Welfare Officers and will give them the skills and information necessary to implement the IRFU Policy within their clubs and deal with any issues which may arise.

Safeguarding 2

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Venue: Correlea Court Hotel, Tuam, Co. Galway

The courses are free of charge, however, places are limited to 16 people per course. Those who are interested should register by emailing or

SAFE Rugby Courses

Essential rugby specific first aid course, hugely beneficial and highly recommended for anyone involved with coaching and managing a rugby team at any level.

Level 1

Date: Saturday 21st November

Time: 09:00 - 16:00

Venue: Loughrea RFC

Cost: €40/person

Level 1

Date: Saturday 5th December

Time: 09:00 - 16:00

Venue: Ard Rí Hotel, Tuam

Cost: €40/person

Places are limited so please sign up early by visiting

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