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Hertfordshire Society win Better Referees award

18 May 2012

  • Appleby presents trophy and £500 prize
  • Herts referees keep on raising the bar
L to r: Richard Appleby (RFU Immediate Past President), Peter Smith (HSRFUR President), Colin Haslam (Hertfordshire RFU President).

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Hertfordshire Society of Referees has won an RFU President’s XV Award, supported by QBE, the business insurance specialist. The society was presented with the ‘Better Referees’ award.

The Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees (HSRFUR) operates a structured programme to develop and train referees, including assessment and high performance fast tracking. It proactively recruits members and has exceptional retention levels.

Its current membership includes men, women and a wide ethnicity and age range from 15 to 65 years.

Now in their sixth year, the RFU President’s XV Awards seek to identify and reward initiatives that promote the development of rugby at a grassroots level. This year the RFU received 274 entries for the competition’s 15 categories.

Peter Smith of the HSRFUR was presented with a cheque for £500 and a special trophy by Richard Appleby, RFU Immediate Past President.

The RFU President’s XV judging panel comprised RFU President Willie Wildash, Immediate Past President Richard Appleby, Past President John Owen, Junior Vice President Bob Reeves, Rugby Football Union for Women President Gill Burns, England’s most capped player Jason Leonard, Rugby World editor Owain Jones and Sally Rockenbach from QBE.

Greg Liddington, HSRFUR Secretary, said: “The club is really happy to have been given the Better Referees award.

“The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the members of our Referee Society who work tirelessly to ensure the club, year on year, raises the bar on officiating at all levels."

Richard Appleby, RFU Immediate Past President, said: “The quality of entries was very high this year and this made life difficult for the panel of judges. All the winners and runners up are doing a great job at the grassroots of our game, across many important development areas.

“These clubs are the heart and soul of rugby and it’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work put in by all the volunteers involved.”

Elliot Miller, QBE General Manager UK National, said: “QBE is proud to support the RFU President’s XV Awards once again as part of our commitment to rugby. Initiatives such as this are vital to recognise and reward clubs whose work has helped to develop and strengthen the game at a grassroots level. The ideas put in place here are entrepreneurial and original and will provide inspiration to clubs nationwide.”