You will be required to attend a Level 1 Course which usually last for 6 hours. On this course you will learn some basics about refereeing and of course you will gain more information on the Laws of the Game. The course has an exam at the end and on passing this you will be asked to try and organise the opportunity to referee a game local to you. These are normally school matches or club youth matches. The organisation is usually done in conjunction with your local Club Youth Development Officer who the RRDM would inform of your participation on the course. When you have a game organised you should contact the RRDM who will arrange for someone to come along and watch you. The aim is to ensure you referee the game in a safe manner and also to provide some coaching points for the future. Providing all is well you will then become a Licenced Referee.
After gaining your licence you will have to decide if you want to just help out at your local club or whether you want to referee on a regular basis for the Society. This would involve being appointed to games in the Borders away from your own club. If you want to do this you would be encouraged to join the Referees Society. Within the Society we have regular training nights and also meetings where we discuss various issues and also provide technical training. We would recommend you referee as many games at school and club youth level as possible before you start being appointed to games. The intention would be to have someone watch you as often as possible to coach you along.
Once you have refereed a few games at Step 3 level we would look to appoint you to a game within the Society. Again you would be accompanied to the game by a Referee Coach and this would continue for a few matches until both you and the coach were comfortable to do games on your own. The Society pays travel expenses every month for all games covered and also once you have committed to referee on a regular basis you will be supplied with some refereeing kit.
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