Budapest Hosts Match Officials Training

Match officials from five nations – Malta, Norway, England, Serbia and Hungary – were represented at the latest Training and Education Portal project held in Budapest.

“It was excellent to observe match official education given by experienced Serbian referee, Rale Novakovic to two new officials from Norway and Malta,” said RLEF Match Official Tutor, Phil Smith, who led the activity, “as well as to see these activities strengthen relationships with the host country Hungary.”

“Adrian Seglem from Norway, and Malta’s Jean Pierre Zarb, were active participants, and will continue their education through ongoing training over the winter, while at the same time sharing their new knowledge within their own nation.

Both received their Level 1 Match Official qualification, as did Hungarians, Zsolt Lukacs and Balint Mezes, and Serbian referee Aleksandar Milosovic. All four will now continue their educator training, guided by Novakovic in their cluster of the TEP.

“We were proud to act as hosts, we view these sessions as essential in improving our knowledge and helping us to grow the sport in our country,” said Hungarian Rugby League Federation official, Lukacs.

The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 investment into capacity building through good governance and technical training, funded jointly by the EU’s Erasmus+ project, the RLIF, and five of its full members.