About the Society

Welcome. We are an eclectic group of men and women who referee Junior and Senior rugby in Hertfordshire and on exchange around the country and overseas. A number of our members have been with us for some years so great bonds are developed between the members as they develop their rugby refereeing career. We will look after you and develop you at a rate that its best suited to you and your abilities.

The Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees was formed in 1959. The Society appoints Referees to Club, Schools and Youth games in Hertfordshire mainly on Saturdays but also covers Sunday and some midweek games. Typically 1200 games a season are covered by 60 or so active members.

  • Society Meeting 8th Feb THURSDAY

    February 3rd, 2018

    The February Referee Society Meeting will focus on the Principles of Play; considering what players are trying to achieve and how we can facilitate a match that flows whilst applying the laws and regulations consistently. We will consider the importance of fair contest and how we can improve our accuracy when refereeing, with particular focus on the lineout, ruck and maul. Please can all members remember to bring their notebooks.

  • Thursday 11th Jan Society Meeting - 7.30pm at the Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire.

    January 11th, 2018

    All referees and Rugby community are welcome to our society evenings. This Thursday, we will be running two workshops. We will begin with a session led by Matt Sharpe and George Selwood on preparing for matches and body management. The aim for this session is to provide our officials with a toolkit of stretches and exercises that can be completed at home and pre-match to strengthen and develop fitness for officiating. Jack Sutton will then be delivering a session on self-review and analysis To make these sessions as effective as possible, please could everyone bring a notebook and pen.

The Society provides Training and Development for Referees in 4 ways through:

»Monthly Society meetings held at the University of Hertfordshire

»New Joiner sessions for new Referees at University of Hertfordshire

»Weekly Fitness sessions at St Albans Athletic Track, car park (AL1 2DJ) 7:30pm on Tuesdays

»Formal reviews of your performance at games by Referee Advisors and informal feedback from clubs and players

Joining the Society.

Membership of the Society is open to persons wanting to take regular refereeing appointment to matches. Initially, these matches will be in Hertfordshire. A pre-requisite of joining the Society is having completed the RFU Entry Level Refereeing Award Parts I & II. The Society membership fee is £ 20.00 per season.

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