For Match Officials
There are many reasons to take up match officiating; remaining involved in the sport after playing, choosing to enhance your knowledge of the laws or progressing through the career pathway to achieve your goal in officiating. No matter what the reason, officiating is a rewarding, exciting, and enjoyable way to stay involved in rugby.
How do I get involved?
Sign up for a course
Find out more about what courses are available by watching this video:
Introduction to Match Officiating (entry-level course)
The ITMO courses are free of charge and aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools. This course is the minimum standard course for referees who officiate youth and adult rugby. The course is delivered via a blend of online and face-to-face modules.
To book onto an ITMO course, please click here and click ‘browse courses’.
|21 November 2022||6pm – 9pm||Winchburgh Sport and Wellbeing Hub|
|27 November 2022||10am – 1pm||Selkirk RFC|
|28 November 2022||6pm – 9pm||Lasswade RFC|
|4 December 2022||10am – 1pm||Currie Chieftains RFC|
Please note that group bookings are not possible at the moment.
There are six referee societies throughout Scotland supporting recruitment, development and deployment of referees within their region. Each referee society plays a pivotal role in the enjoyment and well-being of players of all ages and abilities in our sport.
|Edinburgh||President – John Evans
Secretary – Colin Thores
|Borders||President – Steven Turnbull
Secretary – Steven Dyer
|West of Scotland||President – Colin Dow
Secretary – Ed Crick
|Midlands||President – Ted Coutts
Secretary – Alistair Barclay
|Aberdeen||President – Vernon Fawcett
Secretary – Malcolm Pratt
|Highlands||President – TBC
Secretary – George Whitecross
Match Official Pathway
Contact Scottish Rugby
Click to view the key contacts in your region and relevant department, ready to help with your enquiry.