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NORTHUMBERLAND’S RU World Cup bound referee Dave Pearson took time out of his own pre-tournament fitness campaign to help the Northumberland Society officials kick off their fitness work ahead of the coming season when he ran a last week at Gosforth RFC.

Having understood the changing demands on referees at all levels of the game and the increasing need for fitter and faster referees, Les Gutteridge (Northumberland Refs Society Training Officer) arranged the event.

With the Rugby World Cup starting in September 2011, Pearson is in full swing in his own preparations as he is one of only 10 referees from around the world to be officiating in New Zealand.

As a full time, elite referee with the RFU, he has access to a training programme put together by the Elite Referee Unit’s strength and conditioning coach and as someone who has never forgotten his roots, he is always happy to work with Northumberland Referees and use what he has learnt to pull together a light hearted, but challenging evening.

Said North East & Yorkshire Referee Development Manager Will Halford: “Gone are the days when a couple of long runs by yourself and maybe attending some training at your local club was all a referee needed ahead of a season. The game gets faster every season and referees need to work on more specific training to enable them both to keep up with play to make the right decision when they get there”.

“The sessions we’ll run over the next few weeks will get the lads to be referee fit so we’ll focus on speed drills and movement patterns as well as some basic cardiovascular work. There is more need than ever for referees to maintain good levels of fitness, no matter what standard they are.

“Players are looking for officials to be in the right place, at the right time and make the right decision. It’s great to see referees working together to improve their fitness, but they are also having fun.”

With 29 referees in attendance it is hoped that they will be able to use these as part of an ongoing programme to develop and support rugby referees in the county.

As well as Dave Pearson, Northumberland also has two other National League Referees - Wayne Falla and Will Halford - and an Assistant Referee in Fraser Gill, so the path to the top is clearly defined.

Says Martin Page, President Northumberland Rugby Union Referees’ Society: “The Referee Society is doing a great job supporting and developing it’s officials at all levels and we are grateful to Dave for putting his time into their development.

“Hopefully this will encourage more people to get involved and help to support the game in the area. Maybe we will find another International Referee from our county soon.”

Having seen how many people turned up and what was achieved, it is hoped to continue running these evenings every Thursday night from 6.30-8.00pm throughout July & August, for any referees in the area to attend. For further information please contact Les Gutteridge 07866630059.

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