Clare is the England Rugby Match Official Development Officer for the South West and is in conversation with BBC Radio Bristol’s, Geoff Twentyman.
This interview is a great insight into the enthusiasm and commitment that goes into recruiting, mentoring and coaching referees. There are currently c. 3,000 referees who are members of a regional referee society but it’s estimated that are possibly more than double that number involved at a grass roots level at their local club or school.
“If you see it, you can be it!” is Clare’s motto. This is particularly important when it comes to encouraging more women to get into refereeing. There are up to 30,000 women and girls playing but there are not enough women referees in relation to the number who play.
The good news is that more and more women are wanting to have a go. That’s not surprising when they have role models like Clare as well as Sara Cox, England Rugby’s first professional rugby referee.
Thank you to Geoff Twentyman and BBC Radio Bristol for allowing us to publish the interview.