In 2018 Somerset Rugby Referees’ Society set up a 7s Squad to supply the growing sport of Rugby 7s across the county and beyond. The squad was set up to improve the standard of refereeing across all levels of the 7s game. The squad is open to all members of the society as roles include being an assistant referee, coaching other members of the squad or being a pitch manager. Members of the squad are able to referee at as many or as little tournaments as they would like by making themselves available on a tournament by tournament basis, via Who’s The Ref. Between May and August is the busy period when the squad is most active. Outside this period, there are many school tournaments starting in January before the schools make their journey to Rosslyn Park 7s, the largest school tournament in the UK.
The squad has some great links with some local tournaments including two tournaments which are part of the national Secure Trading 24/7s tournament, these being Frome 7s & West Country 7s. In 2017, one member even refereed at the regional qualifiers in Exeter as well as 2 members taking part in the Super Series Finals in Bath as assistant referees.
The Society 7s squad has links with other societies to help each other out when they are in need of more referees to supply to tournaments. The link allows members to referee as much or as little as they want.
At the start of 2019 the squad are looking for sponsors to improve the look of a great squad.
Dates for the diary 2019
*DATES & TOURNAMENTS IN ITALICS ARE TOURNAMENTS WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY BRISTOL TO HELP*
Sunday January 27th – Millfield Under 18s School 7s @ Butleigh Pitches, Millfield School
Sunday February 3rd– Millfield Under 16s School 7s @ Butleigh Pitches, Millfield School
Sunday February 10th – West of England School 7s (Under 14s, 16s & 18s) @ Kings College, Taunton, Queens College, Taunton & Taunton School
Monday February 25th– Prior Park Under 14s School 7s @ Prior Park College, Bath
Wednesday March 13th – Llandovery College 7s (Under 16s girls & boys, Under 18s girls & boy) @ Llandovery RFC
Saturday May 4th – Old Boy 7s @ Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Beggar Bush Lane
Saturday May 4th/Sunday May 5th– Dyson Under 14s 7s @ Bath RFC (YMO’s-DATE TBC WHEN PREM FIXTURES ANNOUCNED)
Saturday May 18th– Bristol Social 7s @ Lockleaze Sports Centre, Bristol
Saturday June 1st– South West 7s @ Cleve RFC, Bristol
Sunday June 2nd– South West Junior X-Rugby 7s (Under 14s, Under 15s & Under 16s) @ Cleve RFC, Bristol
Saturday June 8th & Sunday 9th June – Yeovil 7s @ Yeovil RFC
Saturday June 15th– Frome 7s @ Frome RFC
Saturday July 13th– Avon 7s @ Avon RFC
Saturday August 10th– Bath Combination 7s @ Trowbridge RFC
If this sounds like something you would like to be part of then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerset Referees 7’s Squad Manager