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More Referees award 2007/08

Ealing RFC (Middlesex)

Ed Turnill, local Referee Development Officer says: “I believe that the Ealing Referee section deserves recognition for the effort that has been put into ensuring the safety and enjoyment of the members of the Youth Section of the Ealing Trailfinders RFC, its commitment to raising the standard and numbers of referees trained and qualified to safely officiate at the lower end of the game.

Since its inception, under the leadership of Peter Paterson, the section has fostered a duty of care toward young players, encouraging them to play the game within the spirit of the law and safely. Injury rates in Youth rugby at Ealing have dropped significantly, almost to zero. Supported by the club from the start, the referee section is now an integral part of the Ealing club and owing to the success of the project, often receives requests from other clubs to provide impartial, good quality referees for their Youth matches. All the referees have been trained to at least either NFC 2 or ELRA standard. The section currently numbers 45+ with 13 more to be trained soon.

The section is currently undertaking the new modular Continuous Referee Development Award, further cementing its commitment to training referees to the highest standard. The section has also developed close links with the local branch of the London Society into which it has provided a dozen new referees, including Pete Paterson himself. So seriously the section takes training that it often invites senior and seasoned referees to present. Wayne Barnes (World Cup Referee), David Broadwell (Referee Development Manager - London & SE), JP Doyle (National One referee) and Ed Turnill (PNR & Broadwell’s Development Officer) have all presented at Ealing over the last season to promote best officiating. Furthermore, with the inception by Paterson and the Middlesex County RFU of a panel of referees to officiate at Mini Festivals within the county, Ealing is the majority provider due to their willingness to be involved and desire to promote the ethos of higher refereeing standards within the other clubs in the county.

So successful has been the section that the RFU asked Pete Paterson to provide a case study for the recent promotion of non-society referee schemes to the Community Rugby Leaders Conference in January – this section is a model for other clubs to follow!”


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