Anil Jayasinghe takes up post as referees manager in a society which plays a pivotal role in the conduct of school and club matches
Anil Jayasinghe has taken over duties as the manager assignments at the Society of Rugby Football Referees. This post has been created at a time when the referees in the island need a much needed backing. Refereeing is a vital component in the game and this society has existed with the approval of the SLRFU. The referees’ society has dedicated members dealing with refereeing, providing match officials and training cadets who take to the whistle. The society is headed by former international referee ASP Nizam Jamaldeen. Critics have often voiced the need to raise the standard of referees which will enable all others involved with the game to have a memorable experience at matches.
It is good to know that the referees’ society conducts workshops regularly for its members so that they can raise their standard. The society also works hard to further develop assessors and referee coaches. If they do this properly it will be better than brining referees from oversees to officiate in crucial matches. It’s good to know that the society operates under the blessings of the SLRFU.
At one time the society has members in the like of Dilroy Fernando, Anil Jayasinghe and Priyantha Guneratne who reached international standard.
Jayasinghe in his role as Referees Manager is responsible for managing referees at all club and school matches. He must ensure that every game gets qualified referees. He also maintains a match roster throughout the year. He also coordinates with clubs and school officials. He also recruits cadet referees. Jayasinghe through his actions has shown that a referees manager must be an organized person who maintain friendly relationships with the entire rugby fraternity.
Before taking this post, Jayasinghe showed his prowess as a player, coach and also with the whiste. He was born in Kandy at Nittawela. He had his education at Vidyartha College, where he excelled in sports, especially rugby and cricket. At school he led the rugger and the cricket teams. He was an outstanding rugby player for the Outstation Schools, Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country. He was also in the national pool. He had the privilege of leading both Kandy Sports Club and Up-Country. He led the Up-Country side against Hong Kong under 24 where the Hong Kong side beat Up-Country by 23 points to 13 at Bogambara. The Up-Country team had players like N. Abraham, Athula Manchanayake, P. Conara, Sean Wanigasekara, Riza Odayar, Dhamika Wickremasinghe, S. Samarakoon, R. Yatiyawella, C.S. Ekanayake, Chandima Amadoru, Anil Jayasinghe (Capt), Maurice Joachim, Renni Ibrahim, Ananda Kasthuriarachchi, Quntin Dias, P. Kumara, K. Ranaweera, S. Jayaweera, (Kandy Sports Club) B.J. Ratwatte and Ranga Gunasekara (Dickoya MCC).
He has made a great contribution to uplift the standard of the game over here in the hills through his involvement in the fields of refereeing, coaching and administration. He was one time the Vice-President of the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees Society and also the Secretary of the Central Province Rugby Football Union. His outstanding ability in his chosen profession, as well as sports helped him make notable contributions to society. Jayasinghe is a cheerful, energetic and efficient person in the field of rugby and has won the hearts of all who have come in contact with him.
He served as a committee member of Kandy Sports Club and also was ground secretary at one time. During his tenor in this post he maintained standards and did a lot to make it a top class rugby field. After hanging up his boots, prematurely, Jayasinghe took to refereeing in 1992. His first game as a referee was between CH and FC and Petersons SC. He has refereed over 250 games. As a referee he has officiated in overseas tournaments. He was first coached by George Jayasena at school level. Later at Kandy Sports Club he was coached by Irwin Howie and the late Col. Bertie Dias. Jayasinghe has coached his school Vidyartha College, Dharmaraja College, Trinity College (both juniors and Seniors), Zahira College and also Kandy Sports Club. He also regularly followed coaching courses in Scotland, England and Wales. He is an IRB Educator and Coach Match Official (CMO) for the Referees Society of Sri Lanka and Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU). Central Province takes this opportunity to salute Jayasinghe and wish him well for all his future work.