There are a whole host of reasons why you might take up the whistle: to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike.

Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun.

The first step on the refereeing ladder is to complete the England Rugby Refereeing Award (ERRA) course. There are a number of courses held throughout NLD and the surrounding areas –  to find courses in your area visit the RFU Online Course Booking page.

Once you have completed your ERRA qualification you are eligible to join the NLD RFU Referees Society at no cost for your first season.  The Society manages all refereeing within the three counties and will be able to offer you advice and assistance in developing your refereeing.  Visit their website for more information and details on how to get involved.