The beginning of the month saw the launch day for the NLD Young Officials Programme at Southwell RFC which saw a fantastic turnout of 57 young people from a range of clubs, including MANSFIELD, NEWARK, PAVIORS, SOUTHWELL, BAKEWELL, CHESTERFIELD, DRONFIELD, DERBY, LONG EATON, GRIMSBY, SCUNTHORPE, LINCOLN, KESTEVEN and STAMFORD.
The Young Officials received presentations and workshops from Jake Hill – a Young Official who started his journey back in 2013 and is now refereeing Level 6 games following a fantastic start to his refereeing career, Paul Carroll from the NLD Referees Society who spoke to them about the potential pathway they have should they choose to join the Society and John Widdowson (Match Official Development Officer) who highlighted just how important the role is that they play in the game of rugby. During a practical session outdoors they were given the opportunity to referee with various different scenarios in games.They displayed some fantastic refereeing skills and knowledge throughout the day, demonstrating huge potential for the programme as they embark upon their officiating journey. With the correct support from the club, we hope they will maximise their opportunities and experiences.
The Young Officials will now work with their Mentors to develop their experience and will be invited to attend the Level 2 Refereeing Course on 25th-27th October as the next stage of their development.