England Rugby Coaching / Refereeing Award 20/21

Are you thinking about becoming a Referee or just want to find out more about refereeing, then use the link Login  or contact the Society Secretary at madrefsecretary@gmail.com   More

RFU Covid-19 Resources for Match Officials (*** More material added ***)

Further resources have been made available by the RFU: Contact Rugby Law Variations - A two and a half minute video Recording of the England Rugby Community Game Law Variations webinar that was held on 10th December featuring Craig Maxwell-Keys (Professional Referee England Rugby) and Michael Patz (Match Official ... More

Covid-19 Law Variations – Video Clips

Most will now be aware of law variations (LVs) being enacted to allow movement towards full contact rugby.  Andy McMillan has extracted clips from a recording of a recent match to produce a  video (9 minutes) that addresses SOME of the LVs together with an accompanying script. This material is intended as a "taster" to ... More

Your Development and the Preferred Options Papers

Andy McMillan, Chairman of Training & Development, introduced the thinking behind the Society’s “Preferred Options” (PO) papers at the pre-season meetings in August. The idea of the papers is to help referees and assessors work towards taking a more consistent approach and to continually improve the refereeing ... More

Updated December: What’s Happening about DBS for MadRefs Referees and Match Officials

Further to the recent email regarding the society's position on refereeing at present, please note the following on Age Grade Matches Refereeing U18 and DBS We must remind you all that if you are invited to referee any Age Grade game ie U18 you must be DBS checked. Because of the current Covid 19 Situation and ... More

Return To Rugby – The Society’s Position

Manchester & District Rugby Union Referees’ Society Ltd. Founded 1902 www.madrefs.co.uk 1st September 2020   Return to Rugby – The Society’s Position                    Regular readers of the Society website (which, of course, means all of us) will be aware of the RFU Return to ... More

Match Officials Who Attend Age Grade Coaching Sessions

From: Steve Bradford RFRU Safeguarding Manager Sent: 21 July 2020 19:40Subject: Match Officials Coaching at Age Grade Rugby Companions, I have received the following clarification from RFU Safeguarding Team in respect of Match Officials who attend Age Grade coaching sessions Society’s should ensure that a ... More

Summary of RFU courses which include refereeing for season 20/21

Manchester & District Referees' Society Ltd Summary of RFU courses which include refereeing for season 20/21. We are currently at Stage B of the ‘Return to Road Map: Community Game’’. Face to Face coaching and refereeing courses will probably only come in at Stage E or F. Kids First. There is a new ... More

RFU Match Official Development

  Match Official Development Distribution List: RFRU Secretary Referee Society Secretaries Match Official Development Officers Match Official Panel Development Managers Monday 23rd March 2020 Dear colleagues, We hope that you are all well and we are sure that like many of us you will be monitoring ... More

Safeguarding and DBS Checks

For the attention of all members who wish to officiate at matches involving players under the age of 18 The RFU have declared, starting next Season (2020/21), that all Match Officials who wish to officiate U18’s matches must be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked. ***  "DBS Checking of Forms" sessions on 17th ... More