The Welsh Rugby Union’s Community Department is excited to introduce you to its initiative to support and develop referees.
Referees Corner has been established as a way of connecting a group of people who "share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly".
Often referred to as Communities of practice (COP) the art of people engaging in collective learning has been around for a long time, but as we are growing more into a technological era, we have been able to become far more connected.
The structural characteristics of a referee’s corner are defined to a domain of knowledge, a notion of community and a practice:
Domain: A domain of knowledge creates common ground, inspires those who attend to participate, guides their learning, and gives meaning to their actions.
Community: The notion of a community creates the social fabric for that learning. A strong community fosters interactions and encourages a willingness to share ideas.
Practice: While the domain provides the general area of interest for the community, the practice is the specific focus around which the community develops, shares, and maintains its core of knowledge.
At the WRU we are seeking ways to focus learning through reflection of practice and are offering high valued learning environments, where peer to peer learning activities are offered as a complementary alternative alongside the more traditional course offerings.
These offerings will be specified by domains that you practice in, and our offerings will be domain specific to level 1 referees, level 2 referees and level 3 referees and are intrinsically linked to our referee framework.
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