Why become a referee?

Think you can do better? Are the aches and pains ain taking too long to go away after a game? Need a new challenge? There are many reasons for taking up the whistle. Here are just a few: •It is a great way for ex-players to stay involved in the game (and keep active!) •It is a chance to meet new people and make new friends locally, nationally and maybe even internationally! •It will help you stay active and keep fit. Remember you have to be able to keep up with play. •Most games are usually good fun. Outside of league and cup games, players are typically on the field because they love the game, and still retain the traditional rugby attitudes to sportsmanship and team play. •Occasional banter, humorous moments and skills not matching the intention will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face. For you as an individual both socially and at work, refereeing can also: •Improve your communication skills. •Help you make decisions under mental and physical pressure. •Increase your self-confidence. •Do wonders for your man-management skills! The basic equipment you need to start is a whistle, a watch, a law book, a pretty thick skin, a sense of humour and a love for the game of rugby. Remember, your efforts are truly needed and appreciated at whatever level you decide to officiate. Without you the games cannot take place. The Royal Navy Rugby Union Referee Society's Training & Development Officer, CPO Paul Burton, is holding an RFU National Foundation Course starting Monday 20th February 2006. The Course will run for 2 ½ days at HMS Temeraire and is designed to teach basic refereeing skills and laws of the game. If you are interested then contact CPO Burton at: Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Hants, PO12 2AB. Tel: 023 92765927 or mil: 93 80 65927 Or e-mail: Paul.burton@fbigs.mod.uk (w) or Paul.Rachel@virgin.net (h)