Friday Bulletin 8 April: it’s ‘reminder week!’

AGM Reminder

A reminder that the AGM will take place at Five Ways Old Edwardians RFC, Ash Ln, Alvechurch, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7BD, at 19.00hrs Wednesday 27th April 2022. Food will be available from 6.30pm (including meat-free options), but in order to gauge catering numbers please RSVP completing the form on this link by Friday 15th April 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Patz by emailing admin@northmidsrefs.co.uk

Society Website Reminder

A reminder that we need your ideas and photographs, for an update/refresh of your Society website in the off-season. Please submit any thoughts and ideas to Julian by 14th April, by emailing webmaster@northmidsrefs.co.uk

Win a whistle!

The ACME whistle company are running a photo competition to win a personalised engraved ACME Thunderer whistle. Simply post a selfie of you and your whistle on your chosen social media, with this text: “I nominate (tag a minimum of 2 fellow refs but the more the merrier) to take part in the @acme_whistles selfie competition to be in with a chance of winning a personalised ACME Thunderer. @acme_whistles @RFU_refs #BEPARTOFTHETEAM (tag NMRefs and the club where you are)”

League structure reminder

A reminder that the local league structure will be changing for the season 2022-23, which will have an effect on the way the Society appoints referees, especially at level 6, and also on the grading and level allocation of current referees. Full details will be discussed at the AGM, but in summary:

Level 3 will have 1 league (National 1) / Level 4 will have 3 leagues (National 2 – was 2 leagues). Referee appointments for these two levels will be handled at National level by the RFU

Level 5 will have 6 leagues (regional ‘Premier’ – was 4). Referee appointments for level 5 matches will be handled by a group of Societies, dependent upon which clubs from any given Society area are in which league.

Level 6 will have 12 leagues (‘Div 1’ leagues – was 6). Referee appointments for level 6 may be handled by local Societies as now, or may be handled by federations, dependent again upon which clubs are in which leagues

Level 7 will have approx 16, Level 8 approx 20, and Level 9 a number to be confirmed. These are dependent on the allocation of teams to each league, which will take place in June once final standings from the current season are known

If you would like further information before the AGM, please email chair@northmidsrefs.co.uk

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