The North Midlands RFU organised their centenary celebrations at Ellesmere College on Wednesday 27th November and our very own YMOs Ash and Paddy had the great pleasure of Assistant Refereeing for Luke Pearce and meeting Sir Bill Beaumont. Both of the YMOs did a fabulous job of representing the society, see write up on the experience below.
“On the 27th of November of last year, I had the privilege to assistant referee at Ellesmere college against Wrekin college for Luke Pearce. It was a surreal experience which will be hard to top in my refereeing career. It was great to watch a professional do what they do best, and strange to see someone you see on the tele standing right in front of you. It was an amazing celebration for the centenary of the midlands rfu, in which I was also lucky enough to meet Sir Bill Beaumont, ex-England captain and ex-student at Ellesmere, which was also a surreal experience. I am honoured to have been a part of the celebration, and look forward to where refereeing will take me.”Paddy, YMO
“To hear those golden words, ‘we have a ref’ is like winning the lottery for us, so thanks to the ‘young whistler’ who I thought had an excellent day.”U14’s Team Coach
“Big thanks to two of our YMO’s for acting as ARs at Sixways as I refereed a charity match between West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police. They gave great assistance and both teams were full of praise for their efforts!”James Ranford, North Midlands Referee
“There currently is a small group of YMOs available in the north midlands, I am totally amazed at the amount of support they have, Saturday afternoons they turn up to help senior games as an AR then Sundays try to take what they have learned from their mentors at junior level with a senior referee on the side giving valuable advice. The parents of the YMOs help and support each other too. Just shows the spirit of the game is fantastic. Onwards and upwards!”Proud Dad of a North Midlands YMO
Warwickshire Girls County Festival, NB: Change of venue to Coventry RFC 8th March – U18s and U15s Girl’s County festival, there are opportunities for both experienced (U15s 15-a-side games) and novice (AR for U15s games) YMOs. There will be a round robin of 15-a-side games in the morning and 7s/X7s in the afternoon which will be suitable for all levels of YMOs to get involved with as the organisers are trying to put out teams of three. This should be a really fun event which will also include the Warwickshire Referee’s Society’s YMOs.
North Mids Girls County Festival, Telford RFC (TBC) 22nd March – U18s and U15s Girl’s County festival – the U15s inter-county games will be more suited to the more experienced YMOs with a few games already under their belts this season. Expenses paid on the day by the organisers.
Worcester Warriors Junior Festivals These are ideal opportunities to take that first step in to refereeing if you haven’t taken the plunge since completing the ERRA or if you are feeling a bit rusty after some time off. Our other YMOs have started out at these festivals and found them fun and really useful learning opportunities.
21st March – U9, 10, 11 & 12 festival
11th April – Girls festival
25th April – U7 & U8 Festival
30th May – Schools Tag festival- U13s Festival at Sutton Coldfield
Our team of YMO Mentors are active and experienced society referees who kindly offer their valuable time to ensure the next generation of match officals get off to the best start.
Without these superstar volunteers the YMO project simply wouldn’t be possible: Tony Jones, Paul Salisbury, Nancy Wilkin-Mead, Rab Cooper, James Ranford, Jamie Richards, Paul Owens, Peter Hunt, Kieran Bateman, Rod Blaine, Mike Vaughan & Leonie Pryor.
“I get loads of support from the society, I have my own mentor and she’s just incredible, she gives up so much of her time for me. The other referees are all really supportive. There’s quite a few female referees within our society who we can look up to and take inspiration from.”North Midlands YMO
Paul Scott is our Sunday referee appointments secretary and below are some of his top tips to making sure you get a game:
Simply log in to the WHOSTHEREF (WTR) website and on the ‘Contact Availability’ calendar change the red cross to a green tick, or select AM/PM. From this I can see that you want a game and I can then try to find a local game for you that is a suitable age group and level for your current experience or grade. Once you have been allocated to a game, you will get an email asking you to ACCEPT or DECLINE the fixture. When you have accepted your appointment, WTR will automatically send an email to the home club inviting them to make contact with you to confirm arrangements (it is important that your contact information on WTR is accurate and that you ensure WTR emails don’t disappear in to your junk mail box).
Simply getting an email/text/voicemail is NOT confirmation, you must respond to the club (in effect confirming the confirmation!)
The club will confirm location, Kick Off time, changing facilities etc and you get the opportunity to ask questions, i.e. what colours will both sides be wearing.
If you do not hear from a club by 48 hours before kick off time, you must contact me to advise. Never turn up without confirmation. After that, just turn up and enjoy yourself!
One of our YMO Mentors Peter has put together the following lists of useful pointers:
Try to arrive at the venue 1 hour before kick off. Search out the coaches and introduce yourself. Check the following with the coaches:
Get changed – ideally be changed 30mins before KO. Check the pitch – flag posts, post protectors, condition of pitch. Warm up
Check studs and that soles are not cracked. No jewellery. Ask to speak to the following:
Off the field arrive looking reasonably smart. On the pitch:
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