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
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
The November Appointments are now available. The society has a number of pressures especially on the 1st and 15th November so please try to help Jim as much as possible and expect some changes!!
Season well underway
With the first round of Senior cup competitions and 5 league games under the belt the season is well and truely underway. Clubs have already given indications of whether they will be promotion hopefuls or will involved in the dreaded relegation battle. As many of you will know a combination of non availabilities and a glut of Durham clubs at home contributed to the significant pressure in the society being able to provide sufficient refs to cover the games. Jim Fox as always did a tremendous job in reappointing and rejigging the appointments.
New Video equipment
The Society has recently bought some new video equipment to aid the development of referees. It is also using vimeo.com to make the videos available to referees, referee coaches and clubs. It is hoped that the improved quality and access will benefit the whole training process.
The society has some new kit available to referees at a subsidised cost.
Team of 3 turn out for County U16s
David Swainson was delighted to be involved in a team of 3 with an average age of 33 and as an added bonus he also claimed to be the tallest - I am sending that to the TMO!
Appointments are available on the appointments page
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 - new offering
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.
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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Laws and Regulations
Gradings for 2014-2015
The grading committee gathered under darkness at a secret location to consider 96 reports from the 2nd half of the season. The gang of 7 had a full and frank exchange and only a moderate amount of blood was spilt as the decisions were reached and MS was tasked with speaking to those not only who would go up and down but also those who the grading committee felt might benefit from some feedback as to grading committees thoughts.
See April 2014 Grading list