North Midlands Referee Andy Wigley was accepted onto the RFU National Panel of Referees at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Having refereed for 6 years, Andy started from the grass roots of the game and worked his way up through the society over 4 years. The hard work paid off when he got onto Midlands Group at Christmas 2015, and has since undergone a great learning curve to enable selection for the Panel.
Commitment and enjoyment is at the heart of his success, being appointed to 61 games last season. Highlights of his season included refereeing at Twickenham, Reserve Referee & 4th Official in the Greene King IPA Championship, Assistant Referee at Rugby Europe and Premiership 7s.
The promotion onto the National Panel has seen Andy’s refereeing style significantly change, as he worked closely with his coach Kelvin Roberts to adapt to the requirements at National League 2.
With the speed of the game changing and the players becoming more challenging, Andy has utilised the resources at his university to improve is performance. Enlisting the help of expert strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists, alongside sports psychologists to adapt his management and work life balance, he has developed as a person and is able to deal with the demands of the game at this level.
We wish Andy every success in the future and look forward to watching him progress through theNational Leagues and beyond.