Important: New League Structure

You may already have seen that the RFU has now finalised the new league structure for the season 2022-23. All the details can be found on the RFU website by clicking here.

Further information on how this impacts on referee levels and appointments will follow in due course

Expenses

A message from our Finance Director:

End of Season Match Day Travel Expenses Referee / Advisors and Summer Rugby

Please read this carefully to avoid any problems.

Thank you all for your patience. Although still far from 100% following my illness I am going to try and pay all expenses before the 31st May, which is a VERY tight timetable: –

All Match Day travel claims MUST be with me by Tuesday 24th May. Any received after this date may miss the payment date.

Payment will be on 30th /31st May – all being well.   

Guidance on how to complete and submit your match day travel claim can be found in the ‘Support Hub’ in WTR. Click ‘Officials Support Hub’ and then Core Functionality and you will find the information at the bottom of this section.

Claims should include ALL matches up to the end of the official season which you have not yet claimed

Reimbursement

I refund all expenses claims through the online banking facility the society uses. It will also ensure that you receive your money in a timelier manner than if I have to prepare lots of cheques and address individual envelopes and then post them.

Where I already have this information, I will arrange reimbursement to your nominated account.

HOWEVER: –

IF YOU HAVE MOVED TO A NEW BANK YOU WILL NEED TO LET ME KNOW YOUR NEW ACCOUNT DETAILS.

LIKEWISE, IF YOU ARE A NEW MEMBER WHO HAS NOT ALREADY SENT THIS INFORMATION TO ME CAN YOU DO SO.

In both cases, please email me finance@northmidsrefs.co.uk with your account details before 27th May.

If you prefer to receive a cheque this will be sent to the address that you have registered on WTR, hopefully before the end of July.

ONE FINAL POINT PLEASE TAKE CARE AND DOUBLE, NO TRIPLE, CHECK THAT THE INFORMATION ON YOUR CLAIM IS 100% CORRECT. I do audit a selection of claims to ensure they are correct

Summer Rugby

We are now in Summer Rugby mode. This means that travel expenses for ANY games you referee over the coming months must be claimed from the club or tournament hosts – NOT THE SOCIETY. Even it the appointment is via WTR the Society will not be responsible for your travel expenses.

Thank you!

Ian

What can I do over the summer?

A message from our Training Director Neil Chivers:

“Hi everyone

At the AGM I spoke about the use of a new online referee self-review form. After every match the form would be an opportunity for you as a referee to be honest about how you felt the game went, and importantly this would start to give me information on what you as members would like support with.

We also appealed at the AGM for support to the Board in the running of the Society. Even if you can only offer an hour or two a week, this will help keep the Society moving in the right direction!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take a look at the draft self-review form here, here and here.
  2. Go to www.slido.com where you will be asked to enter a code (you can also get there by pointing the camera on your phone at the QR code below)
  3. Enter the code ‘Refs’, and then your name
  4. You’ll then be asked to answer two questions: what you would change on the self-review form, and whether you can offer any help to support the Society

If you are struggling at all please drop me an email training@northmidsrefs.co.uk

AGM recording

For those not able to be at the AGM last month, a recording was made of proceedings. This can be downloaded by clicking here, and will also be stored for a year on the Society Meetings page as a matter of public record.

Expenses

There will be more news shortly on the payment of the remainder of Expenses due this season, please bear with us whilst we make appropriate arrangements. In the meantime please do not submit any claims

Reminder: reviewer/developer meeting 22/5

A reminder:

The end of season meeting for all reviewer/developers will take place on 22 May, at Five Ways Old Edwardian RFC, Ash Lane, Alvechurch B48 7BD.

It will be an opportunity for feedback as well as information on changes for the future season. It will also be an opportunity to catch up with others that you may not have seen for a while.

Please arrive at 930-945, in time for a prompt 1000 start. Lunch will be provided

Please also confirm your attendance and help us to book appropriate catering by emailing Trish Bartlam-Clarke

Autumn International Tickets: Last Chance!

Last Chance!

This is the final reminder that to be in with a chance of ‘good’ tickets for England’s Autumn International fixtures, you need to send your request to Dave Thomas dave@yoyomail.co.uk BEFORE 9 MAY, to ensure that any requests go to the RFU in time.

A reminder also that you will need to pay the RFU directly for any tickets ordered, once your order has been confirmed.