ETA Referee Committee

Nicolas.jpgNational Referee Manager 
Nicolas Van de Rijt

Nicolas discovered Touch in 2010, when living in Gif-sur-Yvette, near Paris. He quickly picked up a whistle to have a go at refereeing, and noticed he quite enjoyed it. After obtaining his Level 2 badge just 5 months after having started, it became clear that refereeing would be his chosen path, rather than playing.

After moving to London in 2012, he became in 2013 a L1 referee coach, a L2 referee course presenter and the ETA referee courses coordinator. In 2016, Nicolas became a National Referee Manager and obtained his Level 5 badge.

Outside of touch, Nicolas works as a management consultant.

Mike.jpgReferee Courses Coordinator
Mike Green

Mike started playing at Loughborough University in 2013, before joining Nottingham Touch Club in 2014, where he was encouraged to help referee. Not liking it at the time, he decided to get better and went on to complete a Level 1 course.

Since then, he has moved away from playing to focus on developing his refereeing skills. He has helped others at Nottingham, taking on the role as their Referee Development Officer, whilst also continuing to help at Loughborough.

Mike joined the ETA Referee Sub-Committee in the role of Referee Course Coordinator at the end of 2016. In 2017 he achieved his L4 upgrade at the England Touch Nationals.

In his day job, Mike is a Police Officer for Leicestershire Police, which he has been doing since 2001.

Please contact Mike at if you would like to attend or can host a course.

Genevieve.jpgReferee Media and Communications Coordinator
Genevieve Mitchell

Genevieve started playing Touch in 2011 and, after being talked into attending the L1 ref course in 2012, became one of her club’s most enthusiastic player-refs. Enjoying holding the whistle more and more, in 2016 she decided to give it a go and commit to a season of full-time reffing. She quickly found her place in #TeamRef, and achieved her L3 badge at the EFT Premiership Permit in Edinburgh.

In 2016 she was appointed to the ETA Referee Sub-Committee as Media and Communications Coordinator. Contact Gen at with any questions about comms (from ‘can you put this in the newsletter?’ to ‘will you please stop using hashtags?’*).

To subsidise her international tournament habit, she works in sport policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


Referee Tournament Coordinator
Kathy Van de Rijt

Coincidentally, Kathy also discovered touch in 2010, when living in Gif-sur-Yvette: she was conned into playing and refereeing by her hubby. When she got her Level 1 badge, she had only just started refereeing and was pregnant. During her Level 2 course, she was running around practicing penalty procedures, yet still very pregnant. And when she achieved her upgrade, her baby was only 4 months old and still breastfeeding. At the Senior Touch Championships in Edinburgh, she achieved her Level 3 badge (for once baby-free!).

Kathy worked in banking until 2015, then logically (!) switched to childminding and being a stay-at-home mummy.

Any questions on upcoming ETA tournaments? Eager to be part of our amazing referee squad at any of the ETA tournaments? Contact Kathy at!