THE Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF) organised the World Rugby Level 1 Officiating Course. ASPIRE Academy officials as well as players of Camels 1 and 2 teams attended it.
“The QRF had requested Asia Rugby to organise a referees’ course for local players. The continental body viewed it as a step in the right direction,” said Rugby Development Consultant and Co-ordinator Gaith Jalajel.
“As many as 14 people, including players and officials, attended the course. It consisted of theory and practical sessions, where they all took turns at officiating,” he added.
QRF General Secretary Ali Al Malki said, “It’s important to foster local players and keep them in the game once they retire from active sport. We’re focusing on educating Qatari players in different roles such as coaching, refereeing and management. That way, they’ll be associated with the sport.”
The ASPIRE Academy, a partner of the QRF, also praised the efforts.
“As a partner and co-host, it’s imperative we too know what the sport is all about and how it’s played. The course will allow players to understand the fundamentals from a referee’s point of view,” said Aspire representative Subait Al Hasawi.