World Rugby Level 1 Referee Course.
Ankara, Turkey25th Ė 27th May 2018
By Colin Brett
The opportunity to deliver some refereeing
knowledge is always a good way to spend a weekend. It makes the occasion even more special when
there is an opportunity to develop refereeing knowledge within a developing
nation. Ankara, Turkey was the venue and
it was an honour to spend the weekend with some excellent rugby people looking
to contribute to the game in Turkey by developing new skills in the art of
refereeing as part of the Turkish Airlines Penguins.
The course took place on Friday 25th
May at Hallechette University. It was
great to see 15 people attending the course all of whom come from a playing
background or already referee. The
weather was ideal for the course, and we made for the pitch and started having
some fun straight away, challenging everyone during some touch rugby with
managing offside lines through good positioning. My next aim was to progress their knowledge
by identifying positive pictures at the breakdown, and set piece, and restarts,
helping them understand the process of a referee at each of these areas of the
There was a lot of interest during the
course on Friday by the troops, to understand specific management skills on
specific areas of the game. So, on
Saturday we went back to the University to do a couple of workshops,
specifically on high tackles and managing player behaviour throughout the game.
Later that afternoon there was an
opportunity to watch a game and do some coaching with the appointed referee. The weather had a dramatic change minutes
before the start of the game with heavy rain and local thunderstorms. Fair credit to the referee he worked very
hard on his positioning and management of the offside lines, and contributed to
a very good game of rugby.
The final game of the season was taking
place on Sunday at Meta University, so when the offer came to arrive early at
Meta and do some coaching with their womenís team, I jumped at the chance and
enjoyed coaching some tackle and offload sessions. Obviously as a referee, the opportunity is
always there to transfer some law knowledge at the tackle, hopefully they
gained some new skills that will benefit them in future game. The final game kicked-off late afternoon in
very hot temperatures making the conditions very challenging for the players
and referee. It took all of 20 seconds
for the first try to arrive and the game continued at a great pace throughout,
with 116 points being scored between both teams. At the end of the game Meta were crowned champions
for the season receiving the trophy from the Federation President.
I had the pleasure of meeting some outstanding
people during my time in Ankara (special mention to Alperen & Fede for
looking after me), itís amazing the enthusiasm for the game and their will to
progress the game in Turkey. The
commitment of everyone throughout the course and the workshops is a testament
to all involved in the Turkish Rugby Federation, and itís always a pleasure to
be part of such a great sport no matter where in the world.
Special thanks to Turkish Airlines who
managed my travel from the UK to Turkey and who are the partner of Penguin
Rugby to help develop rugby in Turkey.