Global Law Trials

The new Global Law Trials went live on 1st August 2021. An in-depth look at the laws and the reasons behind them is available at the following here.

Please visit the link above and familiarise yourself with the new laws. We will be taking a good look at the trials and how we are going to manage them at the Development Day at the end of the month. 

If you would like to discuss any of the laws, old or new, ahead of the pre-season matches, please get in touch with Fish, Mike Mulroy, Ian Farrell or Godfrey Bancroft and we will happily go through them with you. 

Referee Development Day

On SUNDAY 29th AUGUST 2021 NLD Refs will be holding their first annual development day for society members and club referees. 

The event is being held at Nottingham Rugby, at Lady Bay and will run throughout the day. 

NLD Refs would like to invite all NLD club referees to join us at 1pm to take part in the afternoons sessions, finishing about 430pm.  We are delivering sessions aimed to help referees at all levels deal with the pressures and expectations of refereeing rugby union. The sessions will also look at fundamental basics of match officiating and some of those hard to understand interpretations and how to apply them. 

Over the coming seasons we will be offering training and development for all club referees with no expectation for them to accept appointments from us. This is to help grow to overall quality of match officiating across NLD and to help connect the many club officials out there, doing what can be a very lonely and hard job. 

All interested club referees should email to express their interest in joining us on Sunday 29th August 2021.

Men’s Mental Health Awareness Week

The below content is taken from Erewash Voluntary Action Newsletter. The full newsletter can be found here.

During the past year everyone’s mental health has been challenged by the lockdowns and insecurities. Coming out of what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns and anxieties remain. This Men’s Mental Health Week we should look at: how can we move forward?

The CAN DO Challenge
There are five days in the working week and there are five ways to wellbeing. The Men’s Health Forum are calling, asking and encouraging everyone to choose a different activity for wellbeing on each day of Men’s Mental Health Week. At the end of the week if you enjoyed it you can always continue with it.

Mental Well-Being – the Society’s aim.

John Bradwell, in his tenure as President of the Society, has been instrumental in driving the agenda of mental health & well-being for all our referees.

This has allowed a group of volunteers in the Society to formulate advice and guidance for our Society and our referees from our work or life knowledge and experiences.

Whether you’re just interested in how to foster resilience in everyday life, after a chat about the ins and outs of mental health or really needing someone to open up to about difficult circumstances or situations, we hope we can help.

We are all volunteers and understand the limitations of our ability and skill-set, however we are here and we want to make it clear you could talk to us if you needed to.

In the next few weeks we hope to publish generic advice and guidance and later on signpost for routes to more expert advice, if required.

Most important of all, we aim to ensure our referees can feel supported and assisted in all aspects of their refereeing journey, whether you are just starting out, returning to refereeing or changing roles.

Whilst John Bradwell has been essential in driving this forward, other volunteers are: Tom Wiles, Steve Whiteside, Paul John & Gary Platts, so please feel free to contact any of us via contact details as and when you need to.

Nigel Baxter

From John Bradwell, NLDRURS President:

“I am are sad to share that Nigel Baxter has a rare form of cancer and this has resulted in him having to have a leg amputated and part of his hip. He is now at home having been in Birmingham hospital for many weeks and is now a lot more comfortable.

“If you go to Meden Vale Rugby Club, you may well meet him as he intends to go down to watch the matches when he is able and when rugby has resumed.

“I am sure many of the experienced referees who know him will be getting in contact with him by email. It’s easier for him to respond to email than answer his mobile as with all cancers they make you feel very tired at differing times of the day. It will be a boost for him to know that many of you are thinking about him and his family.”

John Bradwell – NLDRURS President

Charges to Clubs for 2020-2021 Season

NLDRURS have committed to not charging clubs for referees until at least March 2021. This will be reviewed in February 2021 to see if this can be extended for a longer period of time or until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Members are encouraged to support the community game by making themselves available to referee (if they feel safe to do so) and by reducing the amount of expenses claimed for the duration of this policy, should it be possible in their individual circumstances.

This initiative was announced to members in this letter.