Sunshine Coast Rugby Referees’ Association receives a welcome boost
  • Thursday 24 December 2015
Sunshine Coast RefereesThe Sunshine Coast Rugby Referees’ Association received a very welcomed early Christmas present from Sunshine Coast Council.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council recently invited not-for-profit based organisations to complete a survey to capture information about the services they provide to the Sunshine Coast community.

“We offered an incentive for community groups to complete the survey,” Cr McKay said.

“The Sunshine Coast Rugby Referees’ Association was one of three not-for-profit groups to win $1000 towards professional development activities related to capacity building for their organisation.

“The other two lucky winners were 4 Paws Animal Rescue and Road Trauma Services Queensland.

“Council recently endorsed the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy which recognised the vital and invaluable role that local community groups like these play in creating a strong Sunshine Coast community.”

Sunshine Coast Rugby Referees’ Association secretary-treasurer Steve Ryan said the members were thrilled when they heard the news that their association had been chosen as a winner.

“$1000 is hard for any community group to fundraise and this prize has enabled us to purchase a GPS tracking device and camera which a referee can wear on the field to record their whole game,” Mr Ryan said.

“This new technology allows them to analyse their game which they can then cross reference with a digital copy.

“This equipment is a valuable addition to the professional development of members of our association.

“We will use this technology every Saturday and possibly on Wednesday afternoons for the school games as well.”

Each year the Sunshine Coast Rugby Referees’ Association calls for people of all ages to train to become a referee ─ especially younger referees, as they are the future of their Association. For more information please call Steve Ryan on 0403 166 749.