But we’re also keen that players, especially Academy players, do refereeing courses to enhance their understanding. The RPA has even talked about making this compulsory for young players.
Refereeing union is bloody difficult.
Getting the players to understand how difficult sounds like a damn good idea to me.
“Compulsory” always worries me. But a general expectation that anyone playing professionally should be, at the same time, working towards a certain level (obviously, not entirely all the way to test level) of refeering competence seems reasonable.