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Group Hug!!
Each year before the season starts, The Catalunya Society have a training weekend that most of the referees attend. On this weekend which takes place in the mountains, the refs train, go over the laws, actually play rugby so some refs can "practice" their skills, spend time together socialising and drink.

This year two Durham refs were invited to attend this gathering and David Hines and Phil Walton (sorry for previous error!) joined the group and had a great time although word has come back that any refs attending any future events may need to get in some early drinking practice.
see a report of their visit

Would Durham refs be interested in a similar kind of event?

The Catalunya Society

January's Training meeting
January's T&D meeting has been moved to Friday 23rd January at Durham City RFC!

January 2015 Grading
The grading committee met at the begining of January to review referee gradings. The committee had over a hundred reports to consider on 38 referees and had previous access to 26 videos. This could not have been achieved without the dedication and efforts of Brian Watt and his small band of dedicated advisors.

There were no real surprises in the changes made. Several referees were promoted and a small number were told that they would receive a game at the level above their current grading before the end of the season in order to assess their abilities at that level.

Congratulations to those that did gain promotion and good luck to those that are due to take games at the next level.
To see the grading list follow the link Grading - January 2015

Weather
As the weather gets colder I wonder if referees now regret the decision to have a short sleeved top! We have been very lucky with the weather on Saturday afternoons so far this season but the winds and wintery forecast over the next few weeks is likely to referees and players reaching for the "thermals"

International Exchanges - Catalan visit to North East
The Catalonia Society (Northern Spain) hopefully had an enjoyable visit. They have sent a brief report of their visit. See the report

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Appointments
February appointments will be out soon.

Season well underway
Well we are now over half way through the league program so it is now becoming clearer who are the potential promotion candidates and who are looking set for "the drop". Unfortunately Durham clubs are not generally doing too well with more in line to fall rather than to take a step up. This will have a knock on affect on the quality of appointments that can be offered to referees.

New Video equipment
The new video equipment is being put to good use and over 26 videos of referees have been taken so far this season. The quality of the video's is much better and therefore hopefully of more benefit to referees and coaches. The video's are made available to clubs if they so request but only after the citing period of 14 days has been passed.

The videos have been watched in a number of different countries such as USA, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, Cambodia as well as the UK.

New referees are always welcome
The society is always keen to welcome new referees. This season we have a number of new recruits. Hopefully we will all meet at the monthly Friday training meetings.

Refsoc Magazine
As many will know The RefSoc Magazine is under new editor ship and because of the cost of publishing this will be restricted to an Electronic offering. New RefSoc

Adam Morrison who took on the of 'Editor in Chief' and is supported by Mark Smith has issued his 2nd edition.
We hope you enjoy this second offering. Adam has plenty of ideas so expect some developments over the next few issues. As always any ideas or contributions are always welcome. Read the new Refsoc .....

 

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Player Safety
Player safety is paramount and there is currently a major initiative by the RFU to raise awareness of injuries and potential dangers .  The RFU have a course "RFU Immediate Care in Sport - Level 2 Course" running in several locations around the Country in December and the early part of next year.  It is not cheap but if it helps one person it will be worth every penny Click here for details.

Don't be a Head Case campaign
In another player safety initiative is aimed specifically at raising awareness of the dangers of blows to the head and concussion.   Will Halford, Area Training Officer of the RFU gave a presentation at the October Durham County Referee Society meeting - see information

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