Forty of Rugby League’s most promising match officials will undergo three days of physical, tactical and mentally-challenging activities at the inaugural NSWRL Referees' High Performance training camp at Bathurst from today.
Under the guidance of NSWRL Referees High Performance Manager Stuart Raper and former NRL referees Shayne Hayne and Jared Maxwell, the camp will incorporate team-building exercises and educational seminars, as well as training drills to improve on-field communications and decision-making in a high-performance environment.
Raper said the camp at Charles Sturt University is part of the NSWRL's pathways program to help prepare match officials for refereeing the state's premier competition - Intrust Super Premiership NSW - before graduating to the NRL.
"The officials have worked exceptionally hard before the Christmas break to improve on the standards set last year and we are looking at continuing this hard work through this camp,” Raper said.
“The training camp will be physical, there will be mental challenges and educational aspects also incorporated. The whole weekend will be of a competitive nature.
“These sessions will be very open-ended, and we expect strong participation and positive outcomes to be achieved by all officials.”
The camp is being conducted by NSWRL, in conjunction with the NSWRL Referees Association, and will involve NSWRL high performance squad management staff, medical and support team members and executive members from the NSWRL Referees Association.