About the Society

Welcome. We are an eclectic group of men and women who referee Junior and Senior rugby in Hertfordshire and on exchange around the country and overseas. A number of our members have been with us for some years so great bonds are developed between the members as they develop their rugby refereeing career. We will look after you and develop you at a rate that its best suited to you and your abilities.

The Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees was formed in 1959. The Society appoints Referees to Club, Schools and Youth games in Hertfordshire mainly on Saturdays but also covers Sunday and some midweek games. Typically 1200 games a season are covered by 60 or so active members.

  • Annual Society Dinner

    April 12th, 2019

    The annual dinner is the Society’s main social event of the season. We formally recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions from both clubs and referees throughout the season, present trophies, awards and generally take the mickey out of each other. St. Michael’s Manor, Fishpool Street, St. Albans AL3 4RY 18.30 for 19.30 Ideally Dinner Jacket (for gentlemen) with Society Bow tietie; Society Blazer or lounge suit are equally acceptable. Contact dinner@hertsrefs.co.uk

  • January 2019 Society Training Meeting

    January 10th, 2019

    Januarys Society Training Meeting will take place as usual on the second Thursday of the month, so Thursday 10th January 2019, at the Sports Village in Hatfield from 7.30pm. This month James Clarke returns with his corridor of common sense, this time considering foul play. James is one of our National Panel Referees, regularly running out in National 1. His expertise as a project manager in his day job with Skanska, combined with his people management on the pitch, will support referees of all levels in this interactive session. As always, we recommend bringing your notebook and pen to keep notes, however we would ALSO like you to bring you yellow and red cards - and be ready to use them!

The Society provides Training and Development for Referees in 4 ways through:

»Monthly Society meetings held at the University of Hertfordshire

»New Joiner sessions for new Referees at University of Hertfordshire

»Weekly Fitness sessions at St Albans Athletic Track, car park (AL1 2DJ) 7:30pm on Tuesdays

»Formal reviews of your performance at games by Referee Advisors and informal feedback from clubs and players

Joining the Society.

Membership of the Society is open to persons wanting to take regular refereeing appointment to matches. Initially, these matches will be in Hertfordshire. A pre-requisite of joining the Society is having completed the RFU Entry Level Refereeing Award Parts I & II. The Society membership fee is £ 20.00 per season.

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