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Category: Refeereing

Forthcoming RFU Award Courses in NLD

February 16th, 2016 by

Forthcoming RFU Award Courses being held within NLD are listed below.  You are able to book onto these course by visiting the RFU Online Course Booking Centre.

For more information on Coaching and Refereeing and how you can get involved visit the RFU Website via the links below.




Course Venue Start Date Day 2 Day 3
Level 2 Refereeing the 15 aside game Chesterfield RFC 28-Feb 06-Mar
Level 2 Coaching the 15 aside game Carres Grammar 03-Apr 24-Apr 15-May
Level 2 Refereeing the 15 aside game Carres Grammar 10-Apr 17-Apr
Level 1 Coaching Children Rugby Union Manor Sport & Recreation Centre, Mansfield 10-Apr 17-Apr 01-May
Level 2 Coaching the 15 aside game Outwood Academy Chesterfield 22-May 12-Jun 17-Jul

Level 2 Refereeing Course – Chesterfield RFC

February 10th, 2016 by

There are still places available on the RFU level 2 Refereeing the XV aside game course due to be held at Chesterfield RFC on the below dates:

Sunday 28th February
Sunday 6th March

9 am – 5pm

This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip candidates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It is delivered using a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

For more information and to book your place click here.

Level 2 Referees Course @ Nottingham Moderns 31/01 & 28/02

January 24th, 2016 by

There are still places available on the RFU Level 2 Referees Course being held at Nottingham Moderns RFC on 31st January and 28th February.

There are currently 8 candidates booked on to attend and we need at least an additional 2 to ensure the course can go ahead.  Anyone who would like to attend should contact Paul Carroll as soon as possible to ensure a place and book via the RFU Online Course Booking System.

Refereeing Children Level 1 Course – FREE – Aimed at 14-18 Year Olds

January 12th, 2016 by

NLD are hosting the RFU’s level 1 Refereeing Children course at Mansfield RFC on Thursday 18th February (half term) 10-3pm.

This course is directed at current players aged 14 to 18 that wish to expand their knowledge of the game and get the opportunity to try their hand at refereeing for the first time.

Players that attend the day will receive a FREE place on the course, lunch, the opportunity to work with staff from The RFU and have a go at refereeing some friendly games of junior rugby as part of NLD’s girls development day.

To attend, candidates need to complete the attached register and return to NLD RFU ([email protected]), Deadline for applications is Thursday 4th February.

Spaces for this course are limited so candidates will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

We hope that this opportunity will help retain players that might otherwise stop playing in years to come by having the option to explore the opportunities refereeing can provide.

We appreciate your continued support as a club in keeping players taking part in rugby at your club.



Officiated by Matt ‘0’ Grady

November 27th, 2015 by

The conference cup match between local rivals University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University on Wednesday 25th November 2015, saw Matt O Grady (Premiership and Championship official) return to where it all began for him, which was university rugby.


Matt’s match officiating journey commenced at University and he has since officiated at the highest levels of the domestic game. As an up and coming official, this year allowed him to be deployed as a reserve official in the Rugby World Cup for the South Africa v Samoa match at Villa Park.

Matt was officiating the game to support an initiative by University of Nottingham to encourage other young people to get hold of the whistle and “get the best seat in the house” a quote used by Wayne Barnes (World Cup Semi-final referee 2015) who will speak at dinner being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nottingham during the same week.

Sunday will see eight students from the University of Nottingham begin that journey as they look to complete the Level 2 refereeing the 15-a-side game qualification and support officiating of the University Intra Mural rugby fixtures…

Matt said “it was great to be able to support this initiative; I thoroughly enjoyed the game though I admit to feeling a little nervous at the start. The opportunity to have a Q & A session after the game allowed me to answer questions about my journey to date and hopefully encourage others to pursue match officiating.”

Player feedback was very positive with one player saying “the ref was great and really allowed us to play, but we knew he was in control. It has to be the fastest game we’ve played and I was certainly blowing a bit towards the end”.mattogrady

Level 2 Refereeing Course – Places Available @ De Aston School

November 20th, 2015 by

There are still places available on the Level 2 Refereeing the XV a side game course to be held at De Aston school over the coming weeks.  Due to low numbers we would ask if you are interested in attending that you book on the course by Monday to ensure the minimum number of applicants can be met, otherwise the course will be cancelled.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a refereeing qualification and bolster your confidence, for more information and to book on the course please click on the picture below.

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Exciting Referee Q&A Featuring Matt O’Grady

November 19th, 2015 by

The University of Nottingham have managed to secure Matthew O Grady to referee the Conference Cup Match between the University of Nottingham 4th team and Nottingham Trent University 3rd team on Wednesday 25th November, kicking off at 2.00pm at the Highfields Sports Ground and will be a very competitive fixture between the local rivals.

Matthew is one of the upcoming referees being coached by Chris White and is raising the profile of match officiating and  supporting the University of Nottingham’s initiative to recruit referees for their Inter Mural Sports programme, in addition to being able to watch Matthew referee he will be available for a Q & A after the match in the Vaughan Parry Williams Pavilion.

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Concussion Awareness

November 11th, 2015 by

Following a recently reported incident, NLD would like to re-emphasise the importance of following the RFU Headcase Protocols for a Graduated Return to Play after a suspected concussion. We recommend that this decision should not be left to the player alone to decide but is the joint responsibility of the Medical Professional, the coach, the player’s club or school, the player and the player’s parents if still under 19 on 1st September.

We would also recommend that all persons who have anything to do with selecting and putting a team on the pitch become familiar with the RFU Graduated Return to Play protocols by accessing and completing the RFU online Headcase course. This course is a free course and can be found here.

A copy of the Graduated Return to Play Protocols can also be found here and there is lots of information available on the RFU website.

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Refereeing the XV a side Game – Level 2 Course

November 6th, 2015 by

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NLD Game Development Committee

November 5th, 2015 by

The former ‘NLD Coaching Committee’ has been rebranded as the ‘NLD Game Development Committee’ and is led by NLD Head of Game Development Dave Andrews.  The committee will oversee the areas of Coaching, Refereeing and Medical within NLD.   Working with the RFU Professional Staff, the NLD Referees Society and the Medical personnel the committee will focus on promoting the development of, improvement and excellence of these club members through organised events, courses and mentoring. It also will have the ability to provide financial support for Award Courses when finance is a barrier for the individual.

Applications are invited for the following positions on the Committee;

  • Club Coaching Coordinator representative
  • State School and an Independent Schools representatives

The group generally meets 3 times per year at a central location within NLD.

If you are interested in getting involved in the committee and would like an informal chat about what it would involve contact Dave Andrews [email protected].

To apply to being involved on the Committee please send a note of why you are interested along with your rugby CV to Nicole Brown – [email protected].  Closing date for applications is 4th December 2015.

Closing Date for Applications December 4th 2015. A statement of interest and CV required.