More referees needed

Can you help to ensure that people get the chance to enjoy a game of rugby in Scotland this weekend?

Early September is traditionally a time of year as the summer sporting season ends and the autumn and winter season begins where there can be a shortage of rugby referees.

This has been exacerbated in the Borders this weekend where injuries have reduced the pool of volunteer officials available to the Border Referees Society, though the challenge of recruiting referees is one faced by societies throughout the country.
 
Iain Heard, one of Scottish Rugby’s Referee Development Managers, said: “We are appealing to all licensed referees within all clubs or schools in the Borders to assist us, particularly this weekend.

“There’s also a wider appeal too throughout Scotland.  More people are playing the game and, inevitably that means we need more referees.

“It’s a great way to stay involved in the game, particularly if you’ve recently stepped down from playing.  The pleasure that you enjoyed from the game can be passed on to the players of today if you’re prepared to take up refereeing.”

Regular courses take place throughout Scotland  to ensure anyone who wants to referee can obtain the necessary licence.

For further information or If you can help please contact the referees’ department at Scottish Rugby at Murrayfield (tel: 0131 346 5000) or email mel.gracie@sru.org.uk