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As you may have seen in recent communication from the IRFU there is a huge focus at the moment on ensuring respect for all referees, players and supporters which is in line with the published IRFU Code of Conduct.

To support this initiative, on Sunday 21st November the Greystones RFC Youth Committee implemented the use of a Coaches and Players Technical Zone for Age Grade Teams ( age U13 – U 18 ) with both teams allocated to their own area each side of the halfway line. To further support this we put a rope barrier in place running the full length of the opposite side of the pitch creating a defined supporters area outside of the playing area. 

Tony McGuinness, Club Welfare Officer said  “we have all seen the recent articles in the news and on social media which highlight occasions of verbal abuse, fighting and overall general disrespect creeping into sports in Ireland and here in Greystones RFC we wanted to take proactive action now to try to minimise the potential of this happening within the game or on the sidelines in the future. This is already a requirement within the IRFU rules so we are just putting in place the same procedure which already exists on our main pitch where our AIL games take place. We saw this initiative as a great way to bring some structure into matchdays from a coaching and supporters point of view which we are confident will have a positive impact on the enjoyment of the game for everyone on a matchday. I’m delighted to have already received positive feedback from some of the Leinster Referees assigned to games in the club on Sunday “

Leinster Branch Referee Eoin Crossen said “I was in Greystones and was very impressed by it, the Technical Zones were on the opposite side of the pitch to the parents too which helped greatly.”

Leinster Branch Referee Martin Farrelly said “I was out in Greystones on Sunday and saw this positive initiative in place. Worked from my vantage point between the TZs which housed the coaches while all the spectators were on the other side behind the rope. Well done GRFC–

Tony continued “Each area is a minimum of 2 metres from the side of the pitch giving the players, referee, assistant referees and coaches better visibility of the game and the sidelines as well as giving supporters a better view of the full pitch. We look forward to celebrating the success of this at the end of this season and we will then look at how we can improve on this next season”


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