New Match Officials structure working well
Match officials across the country are benefitting from a new development structure implemented by the RFL.
The changes, brought in at the start of the season, are aimed at giving each official the best possible chance of progressing through the ranks.
A number of experienced volunteers have been utilised, their role being to identify and support officials at various levels.
These include former Grade One officials Dave Campbell, John Holdsworth and Tony Brown who are part of a panel that assess and mentor both referees and touch-judges on a weekly basis.
19 year-old Liam Moore from Wigan Referees Society is one of several promising officials to have benefitted from the new framework.
Earlier this month, Moore toured Canada with the North West English Lionhearts and combines refereeing in the U19 Academy with touch judging in the Championship while officiating In-Goal in the Super League.
“I think now is a great time to be a match official,” he said.
“The new development structure has made everything clearer for everyone and there is a bigger sense of value and belonging.
“Everyone knows what they need to do to get to the next level so the onus is on us as individuals to work hard and continue moving forward.”
Likewise Tara Jones is another young official enjoying a meteoric rise.
Jones referees at U16 Scholarship level and has been selected as one of eight officials for this year’s Champions Schools Finals, the Y7 Final of which will be played at Wembley prior to the Challenge Cup Final.
She added: “The new structure has been a massive boost and the main aspect of that is the increased level of support we receive.
“You know that you’ve got a good chance of being observed wherever you’re officiating because there are lots of experienced mentors across each region.
“Getting feedback is the best way to improve be that as a player or as an official and our review process is really in depth and constructive.”
If you would like more information or interested in becoming a Match Official visit www.therfl.co.uk/more/match_officials