Training Courses

In addition to the ongoing and continuous training of our members, we also run a number of public courses throughout the year. These courses are aimed at introducing attendees to the art of refereeing.

Descriptions of the current courses being offered are shown below, together with current course schedules. For more information, please contact the society Recruitment Manager, Bob Ockenden: or 07979 797694.

You can also find details of the courses offered by the RFU below.

lsrfur: take up the whistle

The purpose of this course is to encourage people to take up refereeing rugby union.

The course includes an Introduction to refereeing the 15 a-side game of rugby union. Elements of the game will be highlighted and how to referee them.

Candidates will receive a whistle, lanyard and red/yellow cards. The course includes outdoor/on-field elements so suitable clothing is required. Law books are no longer supplied, but candidates can download via their mobile phones the Laws of Rugby Union from the World Rugby website.

All candidates prior to the course should have completed the free online RFU headcase course which deals with concussion protocols. You should complete the Match Officials option shown.

Take Up The Whistle courses are presented by experienced referees and currently cost £20 p.p. Courses are held within your school or club and can be completed on a weekend morning or over two evenings.  

Please direct applications to hold a course to the society Recruitment Manager, Bob Ockenden: or 07979 797694. 


Grasshoppers RFC (2 nights)

Mon 11th & Mon 18th November 2019

7:00pm start both nights

Battersea Ironsides RFC (2 nights)

Fri 15th & Fri 22nd November 2019 (**Revised Dates**)

7:00pm start both nights

Old Reigatians RFC (2 nights)

Mon 20th & Mon 27th November 2019

7:00pm start both nights

Guildford RFC (2 nights)

Wed 15th & 22nd January 2020

7:00pm start both nights

Further courses @ Grasshoppers (02/20), Battersea Ironsides (03/20), Old Reigatians (03/20), Guildford (04/20) - booking from 12/19

England Rugby Referee Award

The RFU, the game’s governing body in England, run regular Referee accreditation courses across the country.

For new or inexperienced referees, the introductory course for the Adult game is the England Rugby Refereeing Award. This course provides an introduction to refereeing a game of rugby union and will equip you with the skills and confidence to do so effectively.

Upon completing the course it is recommended that you join your local Referees Society. If you are based in London, Surrey, Middlesex or Essex, then LSRFUR is your home society.

As outlined on our JOIN US page, new referees who join LSRFUR and complete 10 games for the society will have their RFU course costs refunded.

Full course details and course booking information can be found on the RFU website, via the links below.

***new course dates for 2019 across the south-east england have recently been released***

lsrfur: Women into refereeing


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.


LSRFUR: Young Referees

LSRFUR is working hard to recruit and develop the next generation of Match Officials. In this video, find out how Young Match Officials at one School have developed their on-field skills, and how refereeing has given them broader skills with which to grow and develop as individuals.