Women-only refereeing on course for growth

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By Community Rugby

A new campaign to encourage women’s involvement in the game was kicked off with the first Women's Only Refereeing Kids Rugby course held at Allianz Stadium recently.

It was a great success with 25 women from all over Sydney attending a three hour course. All left armed with knowledge and confidence, with some happy to apply this to the sidelines, well versed to take on Saturday sport. However, the majority bravely forwarded their details to the Referees Association leaving with whistle in hand, ready to go.
Maroubra local Debbie Ross, a long serving volunteer for juniors and women’s Rugby as a team manager and club administrator was thrilled to complete the course.
“This was such a fantastic idea, with the amount of women involved in Rugby be it playing, administrating and refereeing it is great to see this many women coming out to support the game. I hope we have more initiatives like this in the future for women to celebrate Rugby,” said Ross.
But there’s no prerequisite to already be an administrator or volunteer, a parent or player to attend. Meghan Black, new to the Eastern Suburbs, was looking to get involved with her local club.
“It was very exciting to be a part of the very first all-female course. It was engaging, informative and a great way to better understand the game. Rugby’s doing a tremendous job involving women in the game.”
With global participation rates for women recently topping the one million mark, female participation is the future of the game. Overall the night was a huge success, most ladies staying back after the course asking for more information and opportunities to continue their learning.
Click here for another story on women in refereeing.
For further information, please contact Match Official Programs Manager, Jamie McGregor or your local State Union.

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