Two courses will take place in the next few weeks for those who wish to become qualified affiliate referees for the next four seasons.
 
The courses will take place on Creggs National School on Wednesday 18th September, and The Sportsground on Wednesday 9th October, with both courses starting at 7pm.
 
It is essential for those wishing to attend to register in advance here.
 
Here’s all you need to know about becoming an affiliate referee…
 
What are affiliate referees?
Club & school affiliate referees are not branch referees. Club and school affiliate referees are defined as adult persons (Aged 18 to 59). They are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no Branch referee is available or has not been appointed.

They usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.
 
Who appoints Club & School Affiliate Referees?
The responsibility for their appointment lies solely with their club or school.
 
Are they members of a Branch Referees Society or Association?
No, they are entirely separate. Club and school affiliate referees are a refereeing resource within their own club or school and have no involvement with their branch referee association / society.
 
Can affiliate referees affiliate to more than one club or school?
No, affiliate referees can only affiliate to one club and one school.
 
What games can they referee?
They are appointed by their club or school. They can only referee games involving their own club or school, home or away.

Two information evenings will be held in the coming weeks for those who have an interest in taking up refereeing for the 2019/20 season.

These info sessions will be in the form of an informal Q&A with Referee Development Manager and former Guinness PRO14 referee Peter Fitzgibbon. Peter will talk attendees through the process involved with becoming an affiliated member of the ARCB (Association of Referees Connacht Branch) and answer any questions people may have.

The first info evening will take place on Monday 15th April at Westport RFC with a further event on Wednesday 17th April at The Sportsground. Both sessions will begin at 7pm.

If you would like to register for either event, or have any questions regarding the evenings, please email Peter at [email protected]

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