RFU Young Officials Award
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As the game of rugby continues to grow, exciting opportunities for younger people continue to develop and, as a result, the RFU has introduced a course aimed at encouraging younger people into officiating.
The Young Officials Award (YOA) provides an introduction for those aged between 14 and 19 into the officiating role, and allows them to get to grips with the basics of refereeing. The qualification looks at the fundamentals of officiating including communication, positioning, attitudes, management and control. It also provides further understanding of the key aspects of rugby such as the tackle, ruck, maul, scrum, line out and kick off.
Delegates will be given a certificate of attendance for completing the training and then need record 10 hours of practical officiating as a referee or touch judge on the Young Official Award Log (MS Word DOC 47kB). Once finished, this needs to be returned to Twickenham when it will be reviewed and the full Young Officials Award Qualification will be issued.
Opportunities to attend further officiating awards such as the Entry Level Referees Award or Continual Referee Development Award modules may help further development and is encouraged.
For further information please consult the Young Officials Award FAQs (MS Word DOC 36kB), and to book a course at your club or school, please contact your local Area Training Officer.