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New refsoc available
Adam Morrison has produced an end of season edition of the RefSoc mag. Many of you will receive this direct to your inbox but incase you don't or you have deleted the link you can see a copy if you follow the link Latest RefSoc Mag.    It is well worth a look.

April Appointments
The referee appointments for April are now available. As you can see there is not a great deal of fixtures so RPC have done their best to share out what there is.

There will be a few cup Finals to add when information is confirmed. The 2nd Team cup final was on Saturday and no suprise Blaydon beat Ryton. The 3rd Team Cup Final is on the 11th and the 4th Team on the 18th Teams of 3 have been appointed to these.In May some refs have already volunteered for the Darlington Festival - a few more Volunteers are still required. The week after (11th) there is another Charity festival (Henry Vaulks Memorial Tournament) for senior sides also to be held at Darlington RFC. Details will be circulated as sooon as I receive them. Your support would again be much appreciated and it is in a very good cause. England @ DMP

International Rugby in the North East
When Darlington Mowden Park took over the Northern Echo Arena few people would have doubted this was an ambitious move.

Well some of that ambition has been realised as they host not one but 2 internationals at the 2nd largest rugby only stadium in England, with only Twickenham being bigger.

On Friday 13th March the Northern Echo Arena, home to Darlington Mowden Park hosts England U20s vs Scotland U20s followed by England Women vs Scotland Women. Of course the England Women's team will have some very familiar faces with local stars Tamara Taylor and winning World Cup Captain Katie McClean featuring in the match.

The prices are very cheap for international rugby with the single ticket covering both games being £10 for an adult and £5 for u16s so take advantage of this fantastic value with much more on offer See flyer in detail

It would be fantastic if the North could show their support for international Rugby ahead of the world cup by filling the Northern Arena
For more information visit www.mowdenpark.com
To book /pre-order tickets email info@mowdenpark.com or call 01325350267

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New RefSoc Now Available
There is a new ReSoc now available.
RefSoc is now in the form of an E magazine delivered directly into your inbox, but don't worry if you have not received it or have deleted it by accident, as a link is provided on this and previous editions on this website Refsoc links .

March referee Appointments
Appointments are now available - hopefully without too many errors - but I would not put money on it!!
Sorry for the delay , I hope it has not inconvenienced anyone too much.
Now that is out of the way I need the April availability

RWC 2015
Has anyone notice this sign on the Tyne Bridge - It has been up there for some time !


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

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


February appointments are now available on the website. There should be some extra candy cup fixtures to be added in the near future (when we are told what they are and when they are to be held!

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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