Saturday 24 February 2018

Referees of the future get off to a flying start

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As another season kicks off, the ARCB (Association of Referees Connacht Branch) have been busy getting our referees and assessors ready for the hundreds of games that lie ahead.

Our recent season kick-off event was well attended in Galway by our members. It was a busy session as there were a host of new global trial laws that required explanation.

Our new president for the season, Shane McElwee, set the scene for everyone.

He was supported by our new chairperson of the referee selection committee, Christy O'Sullivan. The lifeblood of any volunteer association is determined by how we attract and support new members.

Our dedicated IRFU referee development officer Sean Gallagher is once again gearing up for our new trial member workshop on Sunday, September 10, in Galway.

We are fortunate to have a person of Sean's calibre at our full-time disposal. Having successfully refereed on the international sevens and PRO14 circuit, his knowledge and application is second to none.

Our new members are nurtured through their first touch-judge and referee appointments.

It is great to have John Carrig keeping a watchful eye on our recruits, ably supported by Mark Fitzgerald who ensures we have assessors coaching them as well.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of ARCB. It keeps you involved in the game and it keeps the game alive.

We have dedicated monthly workshops, social outings and access to PRO14 and international tickets.

ARCB is a foundation that allows Connacht's grassroots to flourish into green shirts.

If you are interested in rugby refereeing, please email sean.gallagher@irfu.ie or phone 086 1735096.

Irish Independent

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