The trainee young officials, from clubs and schools across Northumberland, enjoyed learning refereeing skills from RFU Community Rugby Coaches and Jamie Leahy Area 6 Match Official Development Officer. And in no time they were testing those skills at the Northumberland Emerging Schools Festival for year 7 and 8 students, one of the largest local schools events, with nearly 600 players taking part.

Said Rugby Development Officer Dave Reed: “The students got a great deal out of the course and did a great job taking charge of matches on the same day. Hopefully, a number will stay in refereeing and add to the number of our regular young match officials.”