Welcome to The Kent Society of Rugby Referees
The Society was formed in 1950 and currently has around 166 members in various roles. We organize monthly training meetings for Referees and Match Observers at all levels of the game. These sessions provide a useful forum to aid development and also to share ideas with fellow rugby enthusiasts.
Members of the Society have progressed to Premiership, National Panel and South East Group level. The Society also maintains strong links with our colleagues from Sussex in the South East Federation.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our meetings but should you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us using the link at the top of the page.
IVAN CASTLE 1917-2014
Kent Referees Society is very sad to announce the death of one of their Life Vice Presidents, Ivan Castle, who passed away on Saturday 21st February, aged 96. Ivan was from East Kent farming stock. He started playing rugby as a wing forward for the Sandwich club, only switching to Canterbury when Sandwich folded. He had a distinguished war record as part of the rearguard action at Dunkirk. Captured, he was marched across Europe to spend five years as a prisoner of war, mainly in Poland.
Returning home after the War he continued to play wing forward for Canterbury into the 1950s. He was chairman of the club in the 1960s.
After finishing playing, Ivan took up refereeing with the Kent Society (then only recently separted from London Society) and quickly made his mark. He was a very successful A1 referee, reffing many county championship matches most notably in the fearsomely competitive Northern Division.
Ivan was a distinguished President of the Kent Society and a wise councel to aspiring referees. His commentry on junior and up and coming referees' performances was always clear, polite and constructive but,concisely direct.
Even into his 90s he was a regular supporter of Canterbury rugby and his presence on the far touchline will be missed. His lucid analyzis of the team's performances and his wicked and ready wit brightened many a post-match beverage.
He is survived by Betty, and children Viv and Ian to whom we offer our condolences.
The Details for the funeral are as follows:
Date: Friday 14th March 2014
Venue: The Ash United Reformed Church in Ash
Time: 1 pm to be confirmed.
The following awards were awarded for 2013.
Best Newcomer - Gareth Edwards
Most Improved Referee - Ben Preece
President's Award - Nick Wickham
The Robert Horner Award - Colin Blackham
Become a Rugby Referee
Refereeing rugby matches is a challenging occupation that will keep you mentally as well as physically fit. It is a unique way to be involved in the sport of rugby. Have a look at our joining page to see how you too can become a rugby referee.
Who's The Ref
'Who's The Ref' manages the Society's appointments using an online appointments system. This system was trialled successfully by Norfolk and is now used at every level by Scottish Rugby. Many other societies have since subscribed both in the UK and abroad. www.whos-the-ref.com