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Women into Refereeing
28.5.18

With the massive growth in Women and Girls Rugby, the number of rugby matches locally, nationally & worldwide is multiplying! Rugby Union needs to recruit more referees to facilitate ALL games. The aim of this taster session at Wimbledon RFC on 15/5/18 was to encourage females to get involved and to discover the fun and satisfaction of refereeing all types of games. These ladies gave it a go - why don't you!



















If as an individual, or as a Club or a School you are interested in a Match Official Training Courses, please contact Bob Ockenden.

Further Training videos can be found here.
Wayne Barnes Charity Dinner/Match
30.4.18

Wales head coach Warren Gatland will lead the Wayne Barnes XV in the annual charity game versus a Forest of Dean XV at Lydney on May 6. The fixture organised by RFU referee Wayne Barnes is now in its fifth year and is held in memory of Debbie Broderick, Barnes’ mother-in-law who died of breast cancer in 2007.

Former Lions stars Dafydd James and Ugo Monye are set to line up for Barnes’ side along with Gloucester legends Nick Wood and Phil Greening, and former Harlequins and Wales prop Ceri Jones. Former Harlequins scrum-half turned Premiership referee Karl Dickson will also feature along with highly-esteemed international referee Nigel Owens, but it is not yet known whether he will take the whistle or play.

Last year, the Barnes XV was led by England head coach Eddie Jones with his side winning 71-57. The occasion raised over £15,000 for Breast Cancer Now.

There is also a Charity Dinner being held on the Saturday night (May 5th).

Click here for full details.
Pre-season Conference 2018
21.6.18

Following the great success of last year's event, please join us for the 3rd running of the Society's Annual Training Conference on Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10:30am (for 11am start) at the University of Westminster, Little Titchfield Street, W1W 7BY (nearest tube Oxford Circus). Please note that this is the same venue/location as last year and NOT where Central Meetings are held. (map)

For the bargain price of £5.50, get a free lunch and the usual diet of interesting and (perhaps) entertaining content on the latest law updates/interpretations, a session run by one of the RFU Elite Referees (identity TBC, subject to International and Premiership appointments) and other useful sessions. It is once again an event not to be missed! The formal conference is due to finish around 2:30pm. Attendees will receive a £15 voucher for the Gilbert shop on the Society’s website. (Will be e-mailed post conference.)

Tickets, as stated, will be £5.50, and should be bought in advance through the Society's online box office (opens in separate window) Note that the initial page excludes VAT & transaction fee. Having selected your number of tickets, on the checkout page please complete the required fields (marked with an *, which includes your Region; note address details are optional). For payment, you will be taken to PayPal to complete the purchase (if you don't have a PayPal account, you can pay without creating a PayPal account using Debit/Credit Card). You will be emailed an "e-ticket" which you should either print or have available on your phone/tablet for scanning on entry on the day.

Fuller agenda to follow as and when available, but do book your tickets now! We look forward to seeing many of you on the 2nd September.


Pre-season Training Programmes
3.6.18

Ross Hanbury, LSRFUR S & C Coach, has again put together a series of summer fitness training programmes to help members look forward to and prepare for next season. There are 3 different programmes for you to follow during the next 10-12 weeks, to best prepare you for 2018-2019.

The
'ref fit in 30' programme is designed for those referees who want an easy to follow, time efficient and results guaranteed programme. The programme is comprised of thirty 30 minute running and/or walking sessions (the sessions however can also be performed on a bike or rower, just keep the timings the same!).

Intermediate level pre-season fitness programme
has been put together as a guide for those referees who have been following a fitness programme but are now looking to step up their fitness level for the coming season. Referees who are looking to achieve level 15 or more on the YOYO test will also benefit from following this programme. This programme is 11 weeks long and requires the participant to complete between two and three training sessions each week, with each session lasting no more than 60 minutes in total.

The Advanced level pre-season fitness programme
has been put together as a guide for those referees who followed a structured programme last year and are looking to step up their fitness levels once again this season. Referees who are looking to achieve level 16 or more on the YOYO test will also benefit from following this programme. This programme is 12 weeks long and requires the participant to complete between two and four training sessions each week, with each session lasting between 60 and 80 minutes in total.

The Weight Loss Guide is a programme, the aim of which is to provide you with some key (simple) lifestyle strategies and a couple of exercise sessions to help with your weight loss goals through the off season.

Before starting any of the above programmes it is imperative that if there are any medical or previous injury issues that you feel could impact or be made worse by a change in your physical activity levels, then you need to get in contact with your doctor or Ross Hanbury.

Don't forget if you want to discuss the above further, or have any other fitness related queries then don't hesitate to ask!

Train hard, ref easy
Ross Hanbury -
ross.hanbury@virginactive.co.uk
Yo-Yo Testing - Summer 2018
20.6.18

Dates/times/venues for the forthcoming Yo-Yo tests are set out below. The tests are open to everyone, and if you wish to referee at level 7 or above next season it is imperative that you have a registered Yo-Yo test score, so please book early and get it done. Please email Simon Hardcastle and book your place.
Wed 4th July 6:30pm - 8:00pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
Thur 12th July 7:30pm - 9:00pm Black Prince Trust, Beaufoy Walk, Lambeth, London SE11 6AA - map
Thur 19th July 7:30pm - 9:00pm Black Prince Trust, Beaufoy Walk, Lambeth, London SE11 6AA - map
Sat 28th July 12:00pm - 1:30pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
Sat 11th Aug 12:00pm - 1:30pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
Wed 15th Aug 6:00pm - 8:00pm University of East London, Docklands Campus, University Way, London E16 2RD - map
Sat 1st Sept 12:00pm - 1:30pm Hampton School, Hanworth Rd, Hampton TW12 3HD - map
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