The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) held a successful induction day for new referees at The Connacht Hotel on Saturday 27th August. Seven prospective new referees attended the course, hosted by ARCB president Christy O’Sullivan and Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon.

On the day the attendees discussed a range of topics relating to match officiating, including the role of the touch judge, referee positioning, communication, and match preparation. They also looked at examples of referee decision-making in live situations and were given the opportunity to become the referee, being put ‘on the spot’ in a virtual sense when reviewing match footage.

ARCB are always open to new members. If you are interested in refereeing contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon.

M – 086 8322987 or [email protected]

The next new referees course will take place in October.

The Association of Referees, Connacht Branch (ARCB) held a very successful pre-season conference on Saturday 20th August.

Almost 50 members attended on the day, which was held at Corinthians RFC and hosted by ARCB president Christy O’Sullivan and Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon. A mix of on-pitch and classroom-based workshops were facilitated by senior referees Shane Tuohy, Shane Gaughan and Andy Fogarty in preparation for the season ahead.

On the day a new sponsorship arrangement between BF Goodrich Tyres and Connacht Rugby was announced. BF Goodrich Tyres have come on board as sponsors of Connacht Referees for the next two seasons, with the company’s logo being on the front of the new ARCB jersey. This agreement will have a lasting impact on rugby in the province, providing significant support for the referee development programme in Connacht.

Pictured at the launch of the BF Goodrich Tyre’s sponsorship of Connacht Referees are Andy Fogarty (ARCB Referee), Michael Goode (B2C Country Manager, BF Goodrich Tyres), Christy O’Sullivan (ARCB President), Siobhán Daly (ARCB Referee), Padraig Moran (Connacht Rugby President).

ARCB are always open to new members. If you are interested in refereeing contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon.

M – 086 8322987 or [email protected]

New Referees Course this coming Saturday, 27th August. Places still available.

There will be series of Associate Referee Courses run throughout the province in January 2009.
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