Recruitment – Referees

At Havant we strive to encourage and develop referees to meet their best potential, and within the M&J section we actively support individual to becoming a referee by supporting their training and development.

Whether you are an active match official, a volunteer administrator or are considering taking up the whistle for the first time, you have a pivotal role to play in the development of officiating rugby in this country.

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to give something back to the game you love, while also helping to widen participation in the sport. Whether your aspirations are to referee clubs Under 9s on a Sunday morning or progress to officiating at Twickenham or even beyond, there is a structure and support mechanisum inplace that will support you every step of the way.

Why Referee?

  • There are a whole host of reasons why you might take up the whistle:
    – to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement
    – to make new and lasting friends within the game,
    – gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike
    – help ensure games go ahead by being available to referee


Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun.

Getting Started

As a new referee, you are advised to undertake the Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA), a three-stage award which will provide you with the key tools to referee competently.

  • If you choose to join a regional referees society, then you will be required to complete all three stages of the ELRA. If you wish to remain within your own school, club or university, then you need only complete stages one and two. These cover the following aspects of refereeing:
    •Management and control
    •Problem solving
    •Refereeing the key phases of the game
    •Positioning and communication
    •Laws of the game

Stages one and two focus on practical learning, giving you the opportunity to observe refereeing in practice and build confidence in your own skills on the field of play.

What Next?

If you wish to develop further as a referee and once you have completed ELRA stages one and two, the CRefC will help ensure you get the appropirate exposure to officiating within the club and our local referees society is on hand to help thouse who want to progress further.

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Becoming a member of one of the the Hampshire referees society means you will be appointed to a wide variety of games and have access to ongoing training, support and development opportunities. You will then be able to progress as far as your abilities and ambition allow.