NLD Referee Development Day

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

Members of NLD Refs gathered at Nottingham RFC for a pre-season training and development day on Saturday.

The day started with the Bronco fitness test and some excellent efforts from our referees with many achieving the target time for a level or two above their current grading and one even smashing the target for the RFU’s Professional Game Match Official Team.

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

Three teams of four match officials were selected to officiate in the NLD Cup Finals Day fixtures which provided the remaining members with the opportunity to watch some live rugby and consider the varying challenges faced when refereeing at three different levels of the game.

Our members also used the live rugby to discuss the RFU’s principles of SELL (Safety, Enjoyment and Equity, Learning and Laws) and core values, TREDS (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship) which form significant parts of any referee training.

Video and all images supplied by Estelle Mai Photography ( 📸 @emp.graphy )

The three finals were all hard-fought and entertaining matches, well done to all participants!

NLD Refs is always open to new members. Join us here.

Jamie Egan RIP

Photo of Jamie Eagan.
Jamie Egan RIP

It is with great sadness that the society wishes to inform you of the death of Jamie Egan. He was a member of the society until he gave up refereeing due to an illness but had spoken about returning this season.

He had played for Gainsbough rugby club then became a minis coach before taking up the whistle.

His funeral will take place at Rotherham crematorium at 12.30pm Thursday September 1st. The family have requested no black suits but colourful clothes.

RFU Refereeing Course Dates Announced for 2022/23

The RFU have recently published coaching and refereeing training dates for the upcoming season. The below table shows all refereeing courses being held in NLD.

Booking LinkCourse TypeCourse VenueConstituent BodyDay 1 DateDay 2 Date Rugby Referee AwardLincoln RFCNLD30/10/2221/05/22 Rugby Referee AwardUniversity of NottinghamNLD13/11/2211/06/23 Rugby Referee AwardScunthorpe RFCNLD02/10/2207/05/23

To book onto any of these courses, please follow the URLs above or click on the RFU GMS Course Finder.

ACME Thunderer Competition & Picture Request

The RFU have reached out with two requests – one a competition to get involved in to win a personalised ACME Thunderer, and another a request for images. Please see details below:

ACME Thunderer Selfie Competition
If your members would like to enter the ACME Thunderer Selfie Competition please ask them to post a selfie, featuring their whistle with the following text on their social media. ACME will select their 10 favourite photos at the end of April and those winners shall all receive a personalised, engraved ACME Thunderer.

“I nominate (tag a minimum of 2 MOs but the more the merrier) to take part in the @acme_whistles selfie competition to be in with a chance of winning a personalised ACME Thunderer. @acme_whistles @RFU_refs #BEPARTOFTHETEAM (tag referee society and rugby club/venue)”

A day in the life of a referee
We’d like to build a bank of images and video footage of referees enjoying themselves, we hope this can be used in marketing campaigns to showcase refereeing as an enjoyable pastime as well as humanising the referee’s role, this links in nicely with an RFU Discipline campaign aimed at stamping out abuse from our game. If your members have any suitable, high-resolution images we can use, with the photographer’s permission of course, then please invite them to send them to me (