How To Become A Referee

It is really quick and simple to become a referee – whether you have been involved in rugby before or not, you will be supported along the way.

Ready to scrum down to refereeing?


It’s time to set up…

Head to the Scottish Rugby website below to view the available courses and follow the instructions to sign-up using a SCRUMS account. If you don’t see a course listed, get in touch with us.

Introduction to Match Officiating – Scottish Rugby

The courses are interactive with a mix of online and practical learning.


Let’s come together…

After your course, you will join the Border Rugby Referees’ Society – we will set you up with a coach and support your development as you start to be allocated games in the Borders. You will join our team meetings, speak to other refs and share best practice.

We will also sign you up on our allocations system, provide you with on-field kit and make sure you get your travel expenses paid for the games you referee.


Push forward…

Now you have started your refereeing journey and have a development plan with your coach, you can think about the future.

If you are committed, want to vary your experience and have shown good progress, then we will support you to join the Scottish Rugby Transition or National Match Official Panels.

Play on…

You will still be part of our Society and expected to share your experience and skills with people like you who are just beginning to Bind.

Being a referee can provide endless opportunities – both in the Borders, Scotland and across Europe and the world.