There are plenty of reasons why becoming a ref will be the best decision you make this year. We hardly have enough space to list them all!
From your own personal health gains through to your community involvement, the people you’ll meet and the places you’ll go (no, we’re not quoting Dr Seuss), the energy you’ll discover through getting involved and the fantastic role model you will become to not only your own kids (should you have any) but every child, teenager and sportsperson on the field. Those are all great reasons on their own – but when you through in the opportunity for professional development; with refereeing as a career path – well then it’s just a no-brainer. Why become a ref? Because you’re that kind of person, and you’re ready to show it!
Become faster, better, stronger, fitter!
You may not think you have it in you to become a Northland ref – but you may be surprised at the change that occurs in every single one of our new refs during the course of a single season. It’s almost as if simply by being engaged with a sport – no matter that they’re not actually playing – their body responds with bursts of adrenalin that resolve into action and results in energy! We have noticed that our refs gain a huge amount of personal fitness and active health benefits throughout the course of a season – and that’s not even taking into account the gym membership deals we have going on… Want a new, better you? Why not do it the natural way! With reffing, it happens almost without you noticing the change – and best of all, it’s great fun!
Show your community your true colours
Everyone respects the ref. You will notice that every person on that field will admire you for your knowledge, your fair play, your dedication, and most of all, simply for showing up. Every parent, friend, relative and player on that field knows the time and energy that you are giving up has been donated by you, with no thought for reward. Your community will grow to respect and admire you for your selfless attitude, your commitment, and your reliability. Want to be more? Become a ref and you will notice the difference.
New people, new places, new opportunities!
Ever heard the phrase ‘if you never do anything, then nothing ever happens’? Well, it’s true. Sure you could still be lying around in bed on a Saturday morning. Sure, you might feel relaxed while it’s happening – but when you finally move yourself and get out of that bed, you’ll notice that half of your day has disappeared, nothing has happened, and actually you kind of wish you’d gone out and done something after all! When you become a Northland ref, you’ll be sent to different locations, places you may never have seen before. You’ll be interacting with different people every week, meeting new friends, broadening your social circle. You will be out there, exploring, growing, living! Becoming a ref opens doors and changes lives. Don’t believe us? Find out for yourself!
Become your own role model
Yes, that could easily have read ‘become your kid’s role model’, or ‘become your team’s role model’ – but actually, when it comes down to it, the truth is that the only person you need to be impressing is yourself. Once you have become your own role model, other people will naturally start looking to you for guidance and for advice: they will be attracted to your confidence and your happiness. Why would becoming a ref help you in this? Because you will be placed in a position where other people will be looking to you for decisions and answers; and you will need to be ready to defend your position. Referees are strong, sure, confident and fair: these are all qualities that you will find in yourself during the rugby season. Become a natural leader and a sure-footed role model; we can show you how.
Ref the BIG games – referee your way into a professional career!
Where do you think all of those glamorous international refs started off? That’s right, in training through their local rugby clubs! If you have ever considered a career in rugby refereeing, then this is the way to start. Start off with your local games, but aim your sights towards the towards the Mitre 10 Cup games, the international leagues and the World Cup finals! Just think of the life: constant immersion in the game you love, flights to interesting cities in far-flung destinations, the eyes of thousands of people glued to you, waiting for your decision… It’s a pretty exciting world out there, and becoming a Northland rugby referee might just get you on the right track to exploring it in style!
Contact us today to learn more: we’re waiting for your call!