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NSW Rugby Union would like to congratulate the following fourteen Year 12 referees from all over NSW for their successful selection in the 2017 ARU School Student Scholarship for Match Officials program:
Shore School / Sydney North
Sydney Grammar School
Xavier Catholic College / Far North Coast
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School / Central North
TAFE Wollongong / Illawarra
The King's School / Sydney West
St Columba Anglican School / Mid North Coast
St Stanislaus College
Hunter Christian School / Newcastle
Kincumber High School / Central Coast
St Ignatius College / Sydney North
St Joseph's College / Sydney North
Waverley College / Sydney South
Cranbrook School / Sydney South
The ARU has run this scholarship program since 1995 with the aim to raise the profile of refereeing in schools and encourage student referees to continue refereeing once they leave school. Recipients receive a program uniform, attend three seminars, one of which involves watching a Super Rugby game and then debriefing the referee, and are given the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Assistant Referee course. The course prepares them to be Assistant Referees for second grade Premier matches in Sydney, or equivalent for country recipients, where they work together with up and coming referees.
The highlight of the program is attendance at the NSWJRU U14s State Championships, where ten of the program members provide the match official team for every match over the three days on the June long weekend. They are coached by experienced referees and referee coaches, some of whom are SSS graduates, on every match they do. As well as receiving a video recording with their own audio on it. Every night the referee coaches lead an intensive individual and collective debrief process so the referees can put what they learn into practice the next day. The end result of this intensive training is professional growth and the foundation for firm friendships.
Previous NSW recipients of the scholarship have gone on to referee at Super Rugby levels or higher, including Angus Gardner (SSS 2002, Super Rugby since 2012 and AR at the 2015 Rugby World Cup), Will Houston (SSS 2006, Super Rugby since 2016) and Amy Perrett (SSS 2005-2007, World Rugby Women’s 7s series since 2012, Women’s Rugby World Cup final 2014, Rio Olympics 2016).
For more information about refereeing pathway in NSW refer to: http://www.nswrugby.com.au/Community/Officiating/ResourcesForMatchOfficials/DevelopmentPathways.aspx
For more information on the SSS program, refer to: http://www.aru.com.au/referees/ARUReferees/ARUSchoolStudentScholarship.aspx
Contact Alex Richards (NSWRU Referee Education Coordinator) on firstname.lastname@example.org for any match official enquiry.