Courses and Societies

Refereeing courses

Interested in becoming a referee? Passing a Level 1 refereeing course qualifies you to referee school and club rugby matches – as well as joining your local referee society.

You must complete the IRB Rugby Ready online assessment before attending a Level 1 course.

IRB RugbyReady online course

The Level 1 course is 6 hours in total with a practical assessment when the candidate is ready. The course is free but should you wish to referee for your local referee society, you will be asked to pay the annual subscription. All attendees will receive a Law Book, Law Variation Cards and course handouts.

After you've passed the exam and practical assessment, you are licensed to referee up to and including Regional League 2, Schools, youth, mini rugby, tag and new image.

You must register for the course by contacting your region's referee development manager with your name, address and telephone numbers. If fewer than 10 candidates have registered by the date stated, the course will be cancelled. 

Coaching match officials courses

Level 1

Level 1 aims to prepare you for your role as a referee or a coach to new or inexperienced Society referees. You will gain basic skills and knowledge to enhance your coaching ability, through an enjoyable learning experience.

Level 2 (strictly by invitation only)

Level 2 again, this course will prepare you for your role as a referee coach to more experienced society referees. You will gain skills and knowledge to enhance your coaching ability, through an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience.

 

VenueDateTimeContact

National

Level 1 Refereeing Course

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

bob.easton@sru.org.uk

Caledonia region

Level 1 Courses in 2014

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

bob.easton@sru.org.uk. Venues will be confirmed upon registration.

AberdeenSunday 2 March 201410am -5 pm 

Glasgow

Level 1 Courses in 2014

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

Andrew.MacPherson@sru.org.uk

Helensburgh RFC

Sunday 2 March 201410am - 5pm 

Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC

Sunday 30 March 201410am - 5pm 

Edinburgh

Level 1 Courses in 2014

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

Colin.Brett@sru.org.uk

Borders

Level 1 courses in 2014

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

Iain.Heard@sru.org.uk

Jedforest RFC

Sunday 23 February 201410am  - 5pm 

National

assistant referee course

  

The registration deadline is 1 week before the course date. All queries and registration to:

Colin.Brett@sru.org.uk

 Murrayfield

Sunday 23 March 201410am - 4pm

 

Referee societies

Local referee societies are independent bodies that work with Scottish Rugby to allocate referees to club and school matches across Scotland, up to and including the Scottish Rugby National Leagues. They are also responsible for the recruitment and development of referees within their local area.

Societies hold monthly meetings to combine skills and technical training and allow referees to meet each other, train together in a relaxed environment and keep up to date with the latest developments within the game. Many also have an excellent social side, organising annual dinners, golf days and other similar events.

There are six referee societies covering all parts of Scotland – to find your nearest one, contact your referee development manager.

Referee development managers
Edinburgh regionColin Brettcolin.brett@sru.org.uk07971 605618 
Caledonia regionBob Eastonbob.easton@sru.org.uk07764 178957
Borders regionIain Heardiain.heard@sru.org.uk07764 178926
Glasgow regionAndy Macphersonandrew.macpherson@sru.org.uk07764 772247
National referee coach managerMartyn Hawthorn martyn.hawthorn@sru.org.uk07764 430999