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How to get into refereeing rugby in Bucks

If you are interested in refereeing for whatever reason e.g. long term injury or giving up playing, it is often difficult to find out how to get started. I hope this note will clarify things.

One easy step is to get hold of a referee and talk to them or give me a call (Phil Bowden Chairman Bucks Referee Society 07720037325).

The next step is to attend a local RFU referee course. There are two courses at present level 1 aimed at those wanting to referee junior rugby and level 2 for those aiming to referee adult rugby. You do not have to do level 1 if you want to referee adult rugby.

So how do you get on one of these courses? Go to the RFU website and click on “taking part” at the top of the screen, next click on referee option on the left of the screen, scroll down to a link to on line booking system and this will take you to a screen called course finder, input the relevant information e.g. dates and post code, this will then come up with the nearest course to you. The cost is £50.

Bucks referees society are running a course at Burnham Grammar School on the 5th and 12th October 2014.

It costs £25 to join the society with a £5 annual subscription. Upon joining you will get the societies kit of shirt, shorts and socks. The society will be there to support you as you start your journey in refereeing. We will buddy you to an experienced referee and training meetings are held monthly to share ideas.

Where you go from there depends on what you want from a career in refereeing. Some referees are content to referee local games and go around the circuit of Bucks clubs. Others want to progress through the grades of refereeing and reach the highest level they can. The society is interested in recruiting referees for all levels of games.

Finally, I hope this note helps clarifies the pathway to becoming a Bucks referee.

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