Becoming a Rugby Union Referee

So you would like to become a referee? Congratulations! Refereeing is a rewarding way to be involved and give back to the game whilst itself providing a unique perspective on the game. By taking up the whistle, you are joining a diverse and inclusive sub-section of the rugby family and when you are out there in the middle, you quite simply have the best view in the house! The RFU have some resources here and we have prepared a couple of pointers below on how get involved with the 15-a-side and adult game.

Stage 1: Let us know you are interested!

If you would like to officiate matched within the Cambridgeshire region, then please contact us and we can help you on your way! You are always more than welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings and we have plenty of people who can help you on your way. If you are already a member of one of our clubs, then they will have a useful contact who can help you on your way.

Stage 2: Get booked onto a course!

The formal part of the process in England is to complete the England Rugby Referee Award – this is a course administered by the RFU and the dates for the 2019/2020 season are below. Courses and course booking all takes place through the RFU website – search for “England Rugby Referee Award” in the “Name” field.

The course covers the same material in all locations and contains a practical element as well as some classroom learning. Before the course you will be required to familiarise yourself with the laws of the game, as well as completing the RFU’s online concussion education. All the details will be provided when you book onto the course.

The 2019/2020 courses in the Eastern Counties and Midlands region are detailed below.

Venue Start Date Day 2
Warwick School 01/09/2019 08/09/2019
University of Nottingham 13/10/2019 20/10/2019
New College Leicester 15/10/2019 17/10/2019
Wymondham RFC 21/10/2019 22/10/2019
De Aston School 22/10/2019 24/10/2019
Stratford School 29/10/2019 31/10/2019
Northampton School for Boys 29/10/2019 31/10/2019
Loughborough University 09/02/2020 01/03/2020
University of Nottingham 18/02/2020 20/02/2020
Glossop RFC TBC TBC
Chantry Academy 18/02/2020 20/02/2020
The Leys School 10/05/2020 31/05/2020
University of Bedfordshire PoleHill Campus 17/05/2020 07/06/2020
West Coventry Academy 14/06/2020 28/06/2020

Stage 3: Join Us and Start Refereeing!

Once you have completed your course, we shall be here to ensure that you start your refereeing career with confidence, safely, and in an enjoyable manner. We all start somewhere, so all of our members are here to make sure that you have an enjoyable experience and want to keep coming back for more! Once you get going, you don’t have to commit to every weekend and can push yourself as much or as little as you want. The society is here to support you on your refereeing adventure.