YMO Stories

YMOs fly the flag for Luke Pearce and the North Midlands RFU & Ref’s Society.

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 November 2019, 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 TV standing right in front of you. It was an amazing celebration for the centenary of North 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
One of our first crop of YMOs in action at the North Mids Junior Finals Day at DK RFC April 2019

Premiership Landrover U12 cup and Warriors vs Sale, 30/11/19.
Worcester Valkyries development Referee Team. 

“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 active in the North Midlands region. I am totally amazed at the amount of support they have: on Saturday afternoons they turn up to assist in senior games as an AR then on Sundays try to take what they have learned from their mentors by refereeing 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
YMOs “flying the flag” and putting their recent AR course in to practice.
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