Sunday 15 September 2019

New referee course seeking recruits to The Sportsground

IRFU referee development officer Sean Gallagher is asking for new recruits. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
IRFU referee development officer Sean Gallagher is asking for new recruits. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE Sportsdesk

Players of all ages and sizes are looking to emulate the brilliance of Pat Lam's green heroes and in order to provide a platform that will turn green roots into green shirts, we need to have suitably trained and supported referees.

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB), continue to meet the demands and needs of the player base in the province.

That said, our effectiveness depends on the depth of our referee and assessor resources.

Over the past number of seasons we have created and delivered a variety of referee training programmes. They have been tailored to meet the time our volunteers can give to matches.

We had this season's first new referee training day last September. We busy getting ready for our next one on Sunday, January 8.

This course is been facilitated by our dedicated IRFU Referee Development Officer Sean Gallagher.

When asked about the training programme for new referees, Sean provided great insights.

"Registration begins at 9.30 in The Sportsground, with the new referees meeting for a cup of coffee and a chat to get to know each other," he said

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"Although a lot of material is covered over the course of the day, the atmosphere is relaxed and those in attendance are encouraged to interact and ask questions as we progress".

"The will also meet Mossy Moran, our Liaison Officer, who will work closely with them in their early stages as a referee.

"As the day goes on, we learn about the technical aspects of refereeing, looking at the scrum, lineout, tackle, ruck and maul - amongst other things.

"The day usually ends at 4.0 with the new referees excited to get out on the pitch the following weekend".

Sean finished by saying that the Referees Course is only the first step in becoming a referee.

"Once you graduate, you become a trial member of the ARCB and will be appointed to touch judge for more experienced referees.

"Given opportunities to referee age-grade matches with a referee coach in attendance and given continual development through feedback and workshops throughout your refereeing career.

"Progression completely depends on ability and commitment".

If you are interested in rugby refereeing, please email or phone 086 1735096. You're sure to receive a warm reply from him and all in ARCB.

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