Adult Competition Leagues Cancelled

The RFU made the following announcement today by email: "The RFU Council has today made the difficult decision to cancel the Adult Competitive Leagues (Level 3 and below for Men, Level 2 and below for Women) for the 2020/21 season. We believe that, even if a return to full contact rugby becomes possible, playing a ... More

GOOD NEWS STORY – Elliott Lewis becomes a Panel Referee

Manchester & District Rugby Union Referees’ Society Ltd. Founded 1902 www.madrefs.co.uk President: Clive Ennis Esq - Chairman: Roger Bowden Esq - GOOD NEWS STORY - Elliott Lewis becomes a Panel Referee Whilst we are all under the cloud of Coronavirus and the return to rugby is stalling, it is cheering to be ... 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

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. If you need a DBS check then we suggest that you ... 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

Feedback on Society Meetings

Manchester & District Rugby Union Referees’ Society Ltd. Founded 1902 www.madrefs.co.uk President:  Clive Ennis Esq - '  07941 352621      š  cliveennis@yahoo.com Chairman:  Roger Bowden Esq - '  07811 161706      š erogerbowden@gmail.com In response to the recent request for Feedback on Member ... 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