GAA: Search on for camogie referees
A major drive is being launched to attract more referees into camogie, particularly at inter-county level.
Each county board has already been requested to nominate referees who will officiate at county games next year and, perhaps most importantly, their lists should include two people who are willing to have their names added to the list.
And, as part of the ongoing development of a National Referees' Training programme, it is intended to initiate a detailed Referees' Tutor Training programme.
Ulster is expected to provide two tutors for this programme and applications have already been invited from serving qualified coaches.
"The applications must be in by this Friday. This is an opportunity for coaches to enhance their personal profiles and to make an even bigger contribution to refereeing overall," says Ulster Camogie Development officer Kevin Kelly.
Prospective referees' tutors will be asked to meet with current GAA referees' tutors in Croke Park on Saturday week to discuss the overall role of tutors.
And the National Referees' Committee is holding an open day on Saturday December 15 in Croke Park, for current and prospective inter-county referees.
The newly-appointed tutors will be expected to attend this meeting.
"These Croke Park get-togethers will be very important in terms of streamlining and encouraging the referees' panels. Obviously without the whistlers we would have no games so they have to get the respect they deserve," said a Croke Park spokesperson.