Our 2019/20 mid season seminar was held in the Green Isle Hotel on Thursday 23rd January, and was attended by over 100 referees from throughout the province. The mid season seminar is a great opportunity for referees to get together in an informal setting, to socialize and learn together. Such opportunities are rare and mainly limited to this seminar and our annual seminar in August.
The meeting was opened by Leinster Rugby Referees President Norman Carter, who welcomed the referees and assessor to the seminar. He thanked those involved in setting it up, namely the rugby committee and the admin committee under Paul Dolan. Norman stressed the importance of referee availability as we come to the “business end”of the season and thanked referees for their commitment. Norman introduced our first speaker – Steve Griffiths former World Rugby Referee Manager and subsequently World Rugby Technical Services manager.
Steve was present in his role as Development Group Manager Steve Griffiths. He gave a presentation on preparing for the unexpected citing many examples through video. In an interactive session he spoke through what makes a good referee and what the behaviour of a good referee looks like talking through many examples of leadership behaviour for a referee. Assertiveness and communication were two key focus areas for referees and answering three key questions – why? What? and how? Steve went through a number of examples on video and invited referees to walk through the decisions. A great session with plenty of takeaways for the referees.
Following Steves presentation, Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson was interviewed by Ciaran O’Brien and discussed the growth of Leinster rugby. Mick has been CEO of Leinster since 2001 and seen many changes in that time from the prefabricated offices in Donnybrook, to Donnybrook village and now the great facilities in UCD. Mick oversees operations in Leinster Rugby which employees 193 people across many different areas including our own Sam Holt and Hayley Whyte. Leinster Rugby is a happy environment with a key aim of growing the game in Leinster, which has certainly happened since 2001 when games were played in Donnybrook Stadium, now Energia Park. Mick aims to make the game more enjoyable for all, including referees, players, and supporters. Mick acknowledged the importance and the contribution of referees to Leinster Rugby’s success.
“Volunteers and referees have played a huge role in Leinster Rugby’s success. Without these volunteers we have no game and it is important that refereeing is seen as a viable alternative to playing and coaching in your club every weekend. Referees have an integral role in the running of our games at all levels, in schools, in clubs, in communities across the 12 counties. Indeed it is great to see Leinster Referees excel at the very top level of the professional game.”
Norman Carter closed out the meeting and thanked all involved.
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