RL Ireland Hosts European Match Official Activity

Rugby League Ireland (RLI) hosted delegates from Wales, Denmark and Germany in the latest activity of the Training and Education Portal project.

Led by RLEF match official tutor, Danny McNeice, the attending RLEF cluster delegates took part in a two-day, Level 1 Educator course, while RLI educators delivered a Level 1, Match Official course to local RLI candidates, with seven qualifying.

RLI Match Offical Educator, Jason Craughwell commented: “It was very good to meet new people and catch up with old friends. There was a sense that everyone had something to contribute which could, and would help others in their delivery of Match Officials’ courses in their own respective regions.”

A recently qualified participant, Steve Hogan added: “The workshop was of huge benefit to everyone who attended, with the added bonus of being able to share information and forge relationships.”

Wales RL Level 1 Educator, Steve Allen (who will take mentoring responsibility in Wales for the new, multi-directional learning system)  said: “Interacting with a group of individuals presenting such a diverse range of experiences and skill sets, whist sharing the same enthusiasm, was very rewarding.”

Representing the NRLD, Bob Doughton (who was joined on the course by his trainee-teacher son, Max), said: “The time was full of rich insights and practical advice of great value.”

Neil McNeice, who was impressed by all the participants, and will now take overall responsibility for ensuring that the post-course activities are completed, in line with the TEP’s continuing, professional development focus.

Designed to build knowledge and skills among the RLEF’s 21 European members, the Training and Education Portal course is a three-year, €723.000 joint investment into Capacity Building through Good Governance and Technical Training, funded jointly by the Erasmus Project and th five RLIF Full Member participants.