ARE YOU READY TO PLAY YOUR PART?
International Golden Oldies Rugby Referees Association
→ Recognition as preferred GO Rugby referee
→ Opportunity to network with fellow referees
→ Have input into GO Rugby rules variations
→ Discounts to GO Rugby events packages and drinks
→ Regular news updates and communications
→ Official GO Rugby Referee jersey
→ Create a group of experienced referees
→ Promote this group for Old Boys & Girls Festivals
→ Develop consistent law variations
→ Set and maintain the standard for IGORRA members
→ Provide a safe and enjoyable environment
→ Promote and recognise the contribution of IGORRA referees
→ Promote fun, friendship and fraternity at every event
FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS, AN IDEA GROWS
Beginning with discussions at the 2014 Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in Mar del Plata, the VSL team recognised the unique role that the referees play in the success of the Festivals. Reaching out to interested members of the Golden Oldies family who have refereed past events, the idea grew for establishing an organisation that promoted and recognised the dedication and experience that these referees have been bringing to Golden Oldies and Vintage Rugby events. From consistent application to a standard set of GO Law variations through ensuring that these experienced referees have the opportunity to enjoy refereeing at both international and regional events, the referee organisation would promote and recognise the referees.
OVER 50 REFEREES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
During the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival in Cardiff 2016, the idea was introduced to the assembled group of referees to establish the International Golden Oldies Rugby Referees Association. The idea of the IGORRA was met with much enthusiasm and by the end of the Festival the organisation had 50 members from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, USA and Wales.
OPEN TO ALL AND FREE OF CHARGE
An important aspect of the organisation was that it would be open to all qualified referees without any charge for membership. The VSL leadership has stated that they were impressed that referees have been attending the past Festivals as players and then volunteering their services to ensure that other teams had experienced referees for their matches. In some cases the members have attended the Festivals simply as referees for the opportunity to enjoy the unique aspects of Golden Oldies Rugby.
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?
The initial qualification for membership is that a referee is recognised by his local organisation as a certified referee. No particular grade or experience level would be required since the GO festivals have many levels of games and the IGORRA would assist in the development of the referees.