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Community Rugby Referee - London Wasps Community Foundation


Based on either hourly rate, session rate or day rate

Start Date

Job Description

Host Authority: London Wasps Holdings Ltd acts as the host authority for administration purposes
Department: Deployed from the London Wasps Community Team, Adams Park Stadium, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 4HJ
Responsible to: London Wasps Community Rugby Manager
Responsible for: Delivering the aims and objectives of each deployment
Duration of employment: Self-employed non-contract basis or Casual Temporary Part-Time

Charity No. 1120904 (Est. 2007)
Adams Park Stadium | Hillbottom Road | High Wycombe | Buckinghamshire | HP12 4HJ
T: 01494 531122

To deliver and/or support the delivery of a coordinated programme of high-quality, professional grassroots rugby activities that are progressive and reflective of the needs of participants in the local community. These events link school, community and club provision and aim to provide increased opportunities to retain people in sport and rugby union.

Our referees support the core capabilities for developing social and personal skills in young people and adults, identified as the 5Cs:

  • Competence – a person’s ability to perform a task within a game to a certain level i.e. social, cognitive, physical, technical and tactical competence
  • Confidence – giving young people and adults an internal sense of overall positive self-worth and self-efficiency
  • Connection – creating positive bonds with people and institutions resulting in successful relationships in family, school, club and community
  • Character and caring – developing respect for social and cultural rules, possession of standards for correct behaviours, a sense of right and wrong, and integrity
  • Creativity – creating an environment for young people and adults to find their own solutions

Role and responsibilities: 

  • To referee a range of sporting opportunities at a local level through all development phases of the player pathway
  • To work with the Community Rugby Manager and/or Programme Coordinator to deliver high-quality officiating for implementation by the London Wasps Community Foundation; and to assist with the evaluation and monitoring of these programmes
  • To support the delivery of well-structured and progressive programmes ensuring a high-quality, enjoyable experience centred on the needs of the participants
  • To take positive steps to identify and overcome barriers to participation amongst people from disadvantaged backgrounds, prioritising access and inclusion
  • To support work with clubs and other community groups to ensure that people are retained in sport through high-quality refereeing at our events
  • To referee within rugby junior/senior clubs, schools or other community settings
  • To assist in identifying talented young people and encouraging further development via a number of different courses/opportunities

* This role will require a RFU-issued DBS Enhanced Disclosure

General duties: 

  • To provide the highest level of customer care and service at all times
  • To fully cooperate with all full-time and part-time London Wasps Community Staff, our sponsors, our partners and the community organisers associated with the community initiative
  • Attend departmental and programme-specific training sessions as required
  • Ensure that all items of issued clothing and equipment are kept clean, presentable and serviceable at all times during deployments. Please note you are not to wear our clothing at non-London Wasps deployments
  • Ensure that all delivery-associated monitoring statistics are reported to the Community Rugby Manager and/or Programme Coordinator
  • Ensure Health & Safety adherence at every Community Venue
  • Comply with the London Wasps Safeguarding and Protecting Young People and Vulnerable Adults in Rugby Union Policy
  • Comply with the London Wasps Equal Opportunities policies



  • Experience of sports officiating; supporting the delivery of programmes for a range of different participants
  • Experience of refereeing in a wide range of environments including schools, club and community settings
  • Experience of developing school/club links
  • Experience of working with the voluntary and statutory sectors and community groups


  • Experience of supporting and encouraging teachers, new referees and volunteers
  • Experience of evaluating the impact of events/programmes
  • Experience of supervising new referees and volunteers
  • Experience of working to performance targets

Qualifications, training, knowledge


  • Minimum Qualified RFU Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA) Stage 1 and Stage 2
  • RFU-issued DBS Enhanced Disclosure
  • Knowledge of relevant governing body programmes, policies and practices
  • Good understanding of Safeguarding & Child Protection, Child Development, Health and Safety and Sports Equity principles, policies and procedures alongside relevant training
  • Knowledge of Long Term Player Development and in particular the FUNdamentals, Learn To Train and Train To Train activity stages; and movement and sports literacy development


  • Other coaching qualifications
  • First Aid qualified
  • RFU Continuous Referee Development Award (CRDA)

Key skills, abilities and attributes


  • Ability to deliver high-quality, varied and creative refereeing focusing on a player-centred approach
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and encourage other referees
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and willingness to undertake training where necessary
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and maintain a high standard of work
  • Confident with a high degree of motivation
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • A flexible attitude to working, willing to work evenings and weekends

Contact us at, on 01494 531122 or visit for more details.

Application Deadline

30 August 2013

Closing Date

30 August 2013