Notre Dame Student, Ryan Calder, was selected to officiate at the Rugby League National Champion Schools Final, which took place in London on 22nd August. His selection followed a number of successful performances within the Rugby League Community Game and the Champion Schools competition, which has a long tradition of identifying officials who have gone on to officiate at the highest level in the game in the Super League competition.
Ryan, who has been playing Rugby League since he was six years old, said he very much enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to officiating more games in the future. “I would love to be a full time Super League referee, but there are only a few referees who make this level. There are lots of opportunities to referee part time in the semi-professional leagues however.”
Currently a second year student, Ryan is studying English Language, History and PE. He referees regularly at his club, Drighlington, and has been a reserve official for several Super League games, including a recent match between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC. He is looking forward to going to University next year and getting involved in the games there.