Female rugby referee communicating with male rugby players on the pitchWhat will I get? 

You will get approximately 30 minutes of content, which totals up to an hour of activity. As with all modules, we condense the latest cutting-edge research into a series of bite-size chunks, highlighting the key concepts, ideas and theories into a digestible format. These are supported by interviews from top international sports officials who bring that content to life, together with video examples taken from experienced match officials in touch rugby, rugby-union, hockey and netball. 

What are the aims of this module? 

You will be able to:

Explain Cunningham et al's (2014) performance model of verbal communication for the sports official

Identify and explain Cunningham et al's (2014) and Simmons (2007) descriptions of players' preferred personal qualities and characteristics in the sports official

Describe and explain the VAPER model of verbal communication 

What will I learn? 

The module provides research findings about players’ and coaches’ perspectives about sport officials’ verbal communication. You will learn about the importance of adopting a player-centered approach in your on-field/on-court communication and key verbal factors that can help enhance players’ acceptance of your decisions to progress the game.

Who will I learn from? 

Associate Professor Duncan Mascarenhas, who has over 20 years of experience as a researcher and is an active sports official, will use a range of digital images and videos to describe the theories. Former international rugby-union referee and RFU Referee Academy Manager Chris White will describe the characteristics that he thinks are important to managing players successfully. You’ll also hear from Hollie Davidson, one of the world’s best female rugby referees about how she verbally communicates with players.

Which research will be presented?

Research by Dr Ian Cunningham and colleagues as well as Professor of Communication Peter Simmons from Australia will be explained. You will also learn about the VAPER model of communication and ideas on Transactional Analysis that can help to understand how to better approach your verbal interactions with players.

How will I be assessed? 

You will not be assessed. If you complete the activities, you will be awarded an Edinburgh Napier University CPD certificate of completion.

What will it cost?

£40 + VAT = £48