New Referees Course – 28th November 2015

Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 9/5/2015 Lansdowne vs Clontarf Referee Sean Gallagher  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) will be holding their next new referees course on Saturday 28th November in the Sportsground.

Why become a referee?

Benefits to you:

  • Stay involved in the game.
  • Keep fit.
  • Learn more about the game.
  • Referee locally, provincially or nationally.
  • Make new friends.
  • Membership of the ARCB.
  • Access to kit.

Benefits to the game and the players:

  • Safe and controlled.
  • Structured.
  • Neutral referees.
  • Enhanced playing experience.
  • Values of the game are maintained.

I’m interested!

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer in Connacht and he would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a referee. His mobile is 086 1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at sean.gallagher@irfu.ie

BETTER REFEREE = BETTER GAME = BETTER PLAYERS

Connacht Community Referee Scheme Launched

Community Referee Launch Photo

ARCB President Mossy Moran and Katie Kilbane with Domestic Rugby Manager Eric Elwood

This season, in an attempt to encourage more participation in refereeing in the province, the Association of Referees Connacht Branch, in conjunction with the IRFU and Connacht Rugby, have implemented a Community Referee grade within the ranks of the ARCB.

Unlike regular recruits, who referee matches at all levels across the province, Community Referees will be ring-fenced for youth rugby in their locality. Ideal candidates should be reasonably fit, have a good understanding of the game and be available to referee. The first intake of Community Referees will be at the New Referees Course on 28th November 2015 in the Sportsground.

Community Referee Launch 4

Mossy Moran, Lyndon Jones, Katie Kilbane and Eric Elwood

What are the benefits of becoming a Community Referee?

  • Full Membership of the ARCB
  • New Referees Course
  • Referee Youth Rugby Locally
  • ARCB Appointed
  • Trial Member Process
  • One on One Coaching
  • Continuous Professional Development

I’m interested!

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer for this scheme and would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a Community Referee. His mobile is 086-1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at sean.gallagher@irfu.ie

BETTER REFEREE = BETTER GAME = BETTER PLAYERS

President’s Message 2015/16

Fellow ARCB members,

It is with great pride that I kick off the 2015/16 rugby year as President of the ARCB.  I want to take this opportunity to wish all ARCB members a safe and rewarding season. The pre-season has seen a few changes to the structure of the Association.

Paul Gannon takes on the mantle of Rugby Chairman and I am confident that Paul and his selectors will do a great job and drive on from the great work done by the previous selection committee.

Sean Gallagher has been appointed as Referee Development Officer for Connacht by the IRFU and is replacing Peter Fitzgibbon, who will be staying around for a few months to integrate Sean into his new role. I wish to personally thank Peter for the fantastic job that he has done for the ARCB over the last few years.

Sadly two of our top referees are leaving for pastures new. Daniel Collins is heading to London and Michael Forrestal to Dublin both for career development opportunities. Two great guys and I thank them for their great help over the last few years and wish them all the best for the future.

Our 1st meeting this season is Thursday 27th August in the Sportsground. Looking forward to seeing ye all there and get the season off to flying start,

Mossy

Pre-Season Course

The ARCB 2013/2014 Pre-Season Course has been fixed for Saturday August 24th at Castlebar RFC. More details will follow closer to the date.

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