4 July 2024

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) will be launching a Young Referees Programme that aims to inspire young people to enter the game of rugby league as a match official.

As match officials play a significant role within our game, the NZRL Young Referees Programme aims to encourage young people to recognise the value of becoming a referee.

The programme will be targeted towards senior secondary school-aged students between 15–18 years of age.

Participants will be connected with District referee associations across New Zealand, promoting young recruits to officiate within their local District competitions and potentially National competitions.

For some aspiring match officials, the programme will present an opportunity to strengthen their connection to rugby league, whilst for others the programme could be the start of a career as a match official with several New Zealand match officials currently appointed in NRL and NRLW pathway competitions and tournaments.

If you are between 15 – 18 years of age and would like to receive more information regarding the programme

Please register your interest here – sporty.co.nz/viewform/297385

Registrations for the NZRL Young Referees Programme will close Monday 15 July.