Referees in England
- May 2, 2007
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- Level 15 - 11
Hi Phil, it’s Danny Carlin here from Barton Under Needwood rugby club. I believe you are the referee tomorrow for our game against Aston old edwardians. I will be welcoming you to the club, you will have a parking spot right at the top of the car park next to the changing rooms it will be reserved.
Just a quick question what time will you be arriving at? So I can greet you. Would you like a tea or coffee on arrival?
Cheers and see you tomorrow Danny
nice. that's the sort of thing i tried to do with my short-lived (yet award winning, i don't know if i've ever mentioned that ) club referee association a few years back, to try and make the club as welcoming as possible for incoming refs. good to hear that things like this are appreciated, and that there are clubs out there that still do this.
Henley were very welcoming, from the moment I drove into the car park, through the match (21-24) and afterwards. Abbey rather less organised, and only one set of showers, which the ladies used!Have fun. Both grounds great, both lovely friendly clubs, though Henly gets my vote when it comes to after match food, I’ve never had better
Genuine question. How did they know they were contacting the correct person in WhatsApp? Do they have your phone number? Is that publicly given so clubs can contact referees? ( we don't tend to give out personal phone numbers in these parts...opens to door for unsolicited cold contact when not wanted).
Berkshire do, when you get your WTR notification you get the club contact. Likewise, they get an email confirming you as ref, which your contact details. Clubs are encouraged to call the ref to confirm, but some do message or email.Genuine question. How did they know they were contacting the correct person in WhatsApp? Do they have your phone number? Is that publicly given so clubs can contact referees? ( we don't tend to give out personal phone numbers in these parts...opens to door for unsolicited cold contact when not wanted).
i find it pretty reliable, actually. Probably because an outgoing contact quickly gets irritated by incoming calls, and gets it fixedIf only you could trust the WTR contacts! My Saturday game has an email contact only (I know that's the wrong person so had a test convo with the correct one), my Sunday game has two contacts, of which at least one is wrong