2017's Match Officials - to be confirmed
Ben Spencer - Referee
Ben was a professional rugby player for 13 years. He played for Saracens, Racing Metro, London Welsh and London Scottish.
One of the highlights of his career was playing on the 7s circuit for England. During this time he was part of the team that won a Commonwealth games silver medal and the Hong Kong 7s title.
After a serious neck injury he had to hang up the playing boots and decided to lace up the refereeing ones instead. Ben now works at Ivybridge Community College as a rugby academy
Andrew Kemp is a retired army officer who now works as the CEO of a group of medical device companies specialising in infection control and Biological defence products. His rugby career included caps for the Army and Royal Army Medical Corps teams. He has coached at junior and senior levels, and he now referees for local games near his home in Nottingham.
Paul is 55 years old and served 34 years in the Royal Navy as a man and boy - he's now a bus driver for City Bus. Paul has been evolved in rugby from the age of 11 playing for Devonport Services RFC before taking up the whistle in 1991. Married to Sally with three children - Paul's loves include rugby, his dog and family.
Under 16's Officials
Steve Woolley (Ref)
Steve was forced to give up playing in the Front Row whilst at medical school, so he decided to take up blowing the whistle to stay involved in the game. Steve regularly officiates for the RFU National Panel of Assistant Referees in National League 1 and National league 2 (South and North). When not officiating with the RFU, he officiates with the Staffordshire, Royal Navy and Combined Services Societies.
Steve has had the pleasure of working with all branches of the RN in his career as a RN MO, but now focuses on his training to be a specialist in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology in Birmingham.
Neil was forced to stop playing rugby last season because of a neck injury but quickly took up the challenge of the whistle. He says that it is a completely different experience, whilst still being just as much fun!
Having played for PRFC in the inaugural Medics Rugby Challenge, Neil was keen to stay involved with the Medics Rugby Challenge and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to officiate in the U16s match.
David Philpot spent 28 years in the Royal Navy as a Submarine Weapon Engineer and was Weapon Engineer Officer of HMS SCEPTRE and TIRELESS before leaving the service in 2010. He's currently employed by Babcock as the Submarine Combat System Manager in Keynsham.
David took up the whistle in 2001. An active member of Devon Rugby Referees Society, he can be found on a pitch somewhere in the county most weekends.
Dr Paul Giles is a GP with a special interest in Sports Medicine. He is a Partner at Beacon Medical Group, based at Plympton Health Centre and also works in the iCATS Knee Clinic at Mt Gould Hospital. Paul has been Club Doctor at Plymouth Argyle since 2000, and is a Sports Physician for British Diving, providing Medical Support to Elite-level Divers based at Plymouth Life Centre. He has been British Team Doctor for British Diving at World Series Events in Beijing and Dubai.
Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2014 and immediately took up a job in the Berkshire Health Foundation Trust working in musculoskeletal outpatients. Alongside this he has been providing Physio and pitch-side medical cover for Bracknell Rugby Football Club who play in the London and South East Division 3.
Physio - Ruari Cushion
Chartered and HCPC registered Physiotherapist. Qualified : 2015 Trinity College Dublin/ Plymouth University. Currently practice as a Sports Physio for Ocean Physio (part time), Exeter University men's Rugby, Exeter Chiefs Academy.
CS Sports Massage Therapies
Level 3 sports massage therapist and former Royal Navy Medical Assistant of 10 years, Chris spent his career keeping service personnel fit and healthy from recruits in training to marines and soldiers on operations over seas. Finding a passion for the assessment and treatment of a range of sporting injuries Chris left the Navy in 2015 to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist. Now in his second year at Plymouth University Chris is building on and fine tuning the skills he learnt in the RN. When not revising for exams Chris plays rugby for Devonport Services RFC and previously represented the RN under 21s.
Based out of Imperium Gym Plymouth CS Sports Massage Therapies provides a range of massage treatments, at great rates, to assist with the prevention of or recovery from a range of injuries, not just those that occur on the sports pitch. Along side the coaches at Imperium gym Chris strives to return all his clients to the highest level of function they can achieve.
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