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Simon Aldridge

Training, Assessment & Development Officer

Simon has been refereeing and a member of Hampshire Rugby Referees since 2005, but for the first 3 years of his career continued to play at Gosport & Fareham whilst building the foundations of his refereeing with the Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Society.

 

Through the Royal Navy Referees, Simon has had the honour of refereeing in a number of high profile events and locations, appearing at Twickenham on a number of occasions, Cardiff Arms Park, and Sandy Park to name but a few. The highlight however came at the Army Rugby Stadium in Aldershot, when the opportunity came to AR for a pre-Rugby 7’s World Cup tournament involving the full international squads of Kenya, Ireland, the British Army and his beloved Wales. Awarding the penalty against Wales for offside in the final leading to them losing 21-19 to Kenya, remains, to this day, his worst moment in rugby, even though he made the correct call!

 

2011 was by far his most successful in Refereeing, being awarded a Value the Volunteer award from the Royal Navy Rugby Union, the Combined Services Rugby Referees Match Official of the Year, and the Hampshire Top Man Award – and he was also named Royal Navy Referee of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

 

Simon was the Combined Services Area Appointer for some nine seasons between 2008- 2016, and was the Royal Navy Senior Appointer from 2016-2018, before stepping back into the Deputy role to concentrate on Hampshire Commitments. He took over the Hampshire Society Training Officer role at the start of the 2017/18 season, and at the beginning of the 2018/19 season merged the roles of STO & SADO into his current role of STADO (Society Training And Development Officer).

 

Simon’s final ambition in rugby, is to see Wales lift the Rugby World Cup, so hopefully 2019 will see the fruition of that final dream!