First Belgian match officials now qualified

Still a budding rugby league nation, Belgium are growing and developing and have received a huge boost, with the region’s first technical tutors now qualified.

After completing the match official portion of the joint EU-RLEF Leadership Devolution Project in Brussels, the successful candidates were led by RLEF heavyweights including educators Tom Mather and Thierry Alibert.

The four candidates who complete the course and satisfied the technical requirements were Belgian duo Ilias Laarichi and Salvatore Liga, as well as Dutch duo Tom Van Gorkum and Jorge Vasquez.

With their training beginning last year in Holland, Laarichi said that the plan is to continue the development of referees across Belgium’s rugby league system.

“We will continue to teach and spread the knowledge to our players and future prospective referees,” said Laarichi.

For Liga, the opportunity to undertake the course and develop his own skills was something he now looks forward to utilising.

“I really appreciated the depth of the training. It gives us more confidence to teach and referee the games,” said Liga.

Alibert, a former referee himself, will now work with the BRLA to appoint the two new Belgium graduates to National 1 French championship games in Paris for the remainder of the season.

The former Frence referee praised the efforts of all four individuals upon completing the course.

“The two Belgians are good tutors,” commented Mather.

“It was also very clear that Tom and Jorge from Holland had excellent knowledge and good tutoring skills.”

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