NRG Referees Manager calls for retired players to stay involved

We have so many retired players that believe their time is over but at NRG we say ‘your time has just started’.

NRG appointment officer Rob Young was voted the Senior Referee of the year in 2018 and looks back fondly on his playing days.

‘I loved playing football every weekend but then one day my body said enough was enough, so instead of walking away I approached the NRG and it was the best decision I ever made. The Referee Manager Graham Chapman said quite clear in his communication that this would be the best decision I have ever made and he was right. I love refereeing now more than when I played. I am able to use my years of playing to understand how players are as I was one of them and often I remind them of that. I highly encourage any ex player to stay involved and commence refereeing’.

To become a referee simply fill in the ‘become a referee’ form located on our website.


Senior referee of the year announced

Referees Manager Graham Chapman has congratulated NRG appointments officer Rob young for his unwavering commitment.

‘at the recent Nepean Football Association annual awards I had the pleasure in confirming and publicly announcing Rob Young as the Senior referee of the year. From the moment Rob joined NRG he has been an absolute team player focused on seeing young people grow. In the past 2 years he has been our appointments officer which is a job within our organisation that is unrelenting. He has done an exemplary job and continues to inspire people with his CAN DO attitude’. said Referee Manager Graham Chapman






2019 – become a referee

In 2019 the Nepean Referees Group will hit the ground running and we look forward to welcoming new referees to further strengthen our numbers. If you would like to become a referee simply fill in the form titled ‘become a referee’ contained on this site and one of our team will get back to you.

NRG referee coach and senior referee of the year for 2017 Kieran Fisher said recently ‘I am looking forward to ensuring another group of new referees are ready to enjoy the experience of refereeing once our season starts. We have several level 4 courses already set and available on our website. It’s important that we develop as many referees as possible in those courses so we can have them ready for the start of our season’.

First female to referee in the W league since Sarah Ho

This year was amazing as we witnessed Emma Kocbek become the first person trained by NRG to referee in the W league. Referee Manager Graham Chapman said ‘we made a commitment when we started NRG to have someone from this region on the W or A league within a decade and we achieved that goal in half that time. I am over the moon. Emma is a wonderful young lady that started refereeing in 2014 and she has listened and stayed focused. She is evidence that by putting in the time, remaining committed and never losing sight of your goal, dreams can come true. She debuted on the W league on the match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane. Equally as proud was the fact that her mentor and former NDSRA and now NRG referee Sarah Ho was on her senior line keeping a close eye on everything’.

Emma said after the match ‘this is one of the most exciting days of my life, a massive thanks to the NRG team for believing in me and guiding me through. This is just the start, I would love to referee on the W league one day so I am going to continue the hard work and focus.’


Youth is the answer as we set our sails for 2019

As we approach our 6th full year as the Nepean Referees Group it’s time to once again put out the call – to the youth of our region.

‘The future of refereeing will always be youth, we need to inspire them to join NRG and take on the challenge of refereeing. The most important age are those kids between 13 and 17. The challenge then is keeping them engaged as they become young men and women and go to the next step of refereeing adult football. ‘. Said Kieran Fisher from Nepean Referees Group.