Yesterday NLD welcomed 45 future young officials to Samworth Academy in Mansfield to take the RFU’s Refereeing Children Level 1 Award. Delivered by RFU professional staff and fully funded by NLD the course was focussed on introducing young players aged 14-18 to refereeing.
The aim was to give the opportunity to develop future young officials, improving their confidence and competence with the whistle. All attendees will then be given the opportunity to attend a Level 2 Refereeing Course later in the season to enable them to officiate the 15 a side game as well.
Andrew Highton, RFU Rugby Development Officer for Nottinghamshire commented; ‘The course was a great success and with the launch of the NLD Young Officials Programme this Easter it’s a really exciting time for refereeing in NLD’.
NLD Referees Society Chairman Paul Carroll came along to the day and he said; ‘Referees are essential to the future of the game we love and it was fantastic to see so many young players keen to take on this role. We hope that many of them will continue to develop the refereeing skills they have learnt today and go on to complete the Level 2 course, work within their clubs and even join the Referees Society.’