Last updated:
25/05/18 09:25

Privacy Policy

Gloucester & District Rugby Referees Society Limited Privacy Policy

This Privacy policy became effective on 25 May 18.

Summary of how we and the RFU use your data

  • The Gloucester & District Rugby Referees Society Limited uses your personal data to manage and administer your membership and your involvement with the Society and the teams we support, and to keep in contact with you for these purposes.

  • Some data is shared with the Rugby Football Union (“RFU”), who use your data to regulate, develop and manage the game.

  • Where we rely on your consent, such as any consent we seek for email marketing, you can withdraw this consent at any time.

  • Amongst the data we collect from you may be medical (including injury) information. We will hold this where you (or your parent) have given consent, so that we can ensure we are aware of your condition and can that you are supported appropriately.

  • Where you work in a particular role within the Society, you may be required to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service check using the RFU’s eDBS system. The result of this check will be input into the RFU Game Management Service (GMS) record.

What does this policy cover?

This policy describes how Gloucester & District Rugby Referees Society Limited (also referred to as “the Society”, “we” or “us”) will make use of the data we handle in relation to our members and players, including our use of the Game Management System (“GMS”) provided by the RFU, and, The Referee Administration System, Whos The Ref (“WTR”) provided by Ltd.

It also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which we carry out. More information about your rights, and how to exercise them, is set out in the “What rights do I have?” section.

What information do we collect?

  • your name

  • your gender,

  • your date of birth,

  • your home address, email address and phone number;

  • your passport and NI details, where we have to check your eligibility or ability to work for us;

  • your type of membership  and involvement in particular activities, or any key role you may have been allocated, such as Chair, Safeguarding Lead, Membership Secretary etc.;

  • your payment and/or bank account details, where you provide these to pay for equipment;

  • your marketing preferences, including any consents you have given us;

  • your medical conditions or disability, where you provide this to us with your consent (or your parent’s consent) to ensure we are aware of any support we may need to provide to you.

Some information will be generated as part of your involvement with us, in particular data about your performance, involvement in particular matches in match reports and details of any disciplinary issues or incidents you may be involved in on and off the pitch, such as within health and safety records.

What information do we receive from third parties?

Sometimes, we receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you are a child, we may be given information about you by your parents.

We may receive information relating to your existing registrations with other clubs or rugby bodies or disciplinary history from the RFU through GMS. Additionally, for certain role holders or those working with children, we may receive  information from the Disclosure and Barring Service and RFU on the status of any DBS check you have been required to take.

  • The RFU is responsible for the administration of the GMS. Your GMS record is your responsibility, but once you have entered details on that record, those are then are available to us to support our legitimate interest in proving the Society.

  • CCTV is used at the premise we occupy for our monthly meetings.  We would only request such information in the event of an incident during our occupancy and only then in respect of that particular event.

  • We may also receive information from WTR when dealing with exchange appointments and information updates provided by club referee contacts and officials.

How do we use this information, and what is the legal basis for this use?

We process this personal data for the following purposes:

  • As required by the Society to conduct our business and pursue our legitimate interests, in particular:

    • we will use your information to manage and administer your membership and your involvement with the Society and associated Clubs, and to keep in contact with you for these purposes;

    • we will also use data to maintain records of our performances and history, including match reports, score lines;

    • CCTV cameras to maintain the security of the premises we rent, may use this video to investigate incidents at the Society or its premises]

    • we may choose to send you promotional materials and offers by email where we want to send you offers relating to similar products and services that you have already bought.

    • we use data of some individuals to invite them to take part in market research;

  • To fulfil a contract, or take steps linked to a contract: this is relevant where you make a payment for your membership and any merchandise, or enter a competition. This includes:

    • taking payments;

    • communicating with you;

    • providing and arranging the delivery or other provision of products, prizes or services;

  • Where you give us consent:

    • we will send you direct marketing or promotional material by email;

    • we may handle medical or disability information you or your parent provides to us, to ensure we support you appropriately;

    • on other occasions where we ask you for consent, we will use the data for the purpose which we explain at that time.

  • For purposes which are required by law:

    • we maintain records such as health and safety records and accounting records in order to meet specific legal requirements;

    • we ensure, where you will work with children, that you have undergone an appropriate DBS check – this is also carried out with your consent.

    • where you hold a role at the Society requiring us to check your right to work, we may process information to meet our statutory duties;

    •  we may respond to requests by government or law enforcement authorities conducting an investigation.

Withdrawing consent or otherwise objecting to direct marketing

Wherever we rely on your consent, you will always be able to withdraw that consent, although we may have other legal grounds for processing your data for other purposes, such as those set out above. In some cases, we are able to send you direct marketing without your consent, where we rely on our legitimate interests.  You have an absolute right to opt-out of direct marketing, or profiling we carry out for direct marketing, at any time. You can do this by following the instructions in the communication where this is an electronic message, or by contacting us using the details set out below in the “How do I get in touch with you or the RFU?” section.

Who will we share this data with, where and when?

Some limited information may be shared with other stakeholders in rugby, such as other clubs, Constituent Bodies, referee societies, league organisers, so that they can maintain appropriate records and assist us in organising matches and administering the game.

Personal data may be shared with government authorities and/or law enforcement officials if required for the purposes above, if mandated by law or if required for the legal protection of our or the RFU’s legitimate interests in compliance with applicable laws.

Personal data will also be shared with third party service providers, who will process it on our behalf for the purposes identified above.  Such third parties include the RFU as the provider of GMS and providers of WTR.

What rights do I have?

You have the right to ask us for a copy of your personal data; to correct, delete or restrict (stop any active) processing of your personal data; and to obtain the personal data you provide to us for a contract or with your consent in a structured, machine readable format.

In addition, you can object to the processing of your personal data in some circumstances (in particular, where we don’t have to process the data to meet a contractual or other legal requirement, or where we are using the data for direct marketing).

These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, or if you ask us to delete information which we are required by law to keep or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping.

You have the same rights for data held by the RFU for its own purposes on GMS.

To exercise any of these rights, you can get in touch with us– or, as appropriate, the RFU or its data protection officer – using the details set out below. If you have unresolved concerns, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Much of the information listed above must be provided on a mandatory basis so that we can make the appropriate legal checks and register you as required by RFU Rules and Regulations. We will inform you which information is mandatory when it is collected. Some information is optional, particularly information such as your medical information. If this is not provided, we may not be able to provide you with appropriate assistance, services or support.

How do I get in touch with you or the RFU?

We hope that we can satisfy queries you may have about the way we process your data. If you have any concerns about how we process your data, you can get in touch at or by writing to:

“Gloucester & District Rugby Referees Society Limited, 307 Stroud Road, Gloucester, England, GL1 5LF”

If you have any concerns about how the RFU process your data, you can get in touch at: or by writing to

“The Data Protection Officer, Rugby Football Union, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA”.

How long will you retain my data?

We process the majority of your data for as long as you are an active member and for 6 years after this.

Where we process personal data for marketing purposes or with your consent, we process the data for [x] unless you ask us to stop, when we will only process the data for a short period after this (to allow us to implement your requests). We also keep a record of the fact that you have asked us not to send you direct marketing or to process your data indefinitely so that we can respect your request in future.

Where we process personal data in connection with performing a contract or for a competition, we keep the data for 6 years from your last interaction with us.

We will retain information held to maintain statutory records in line with appropriate statutory requirements or guidance.

The RFU will maintain records of individuals who have registered on GMS, records of DBS checks and the resulting outcomes and other disciplinary matters for such period as is set out in the RFU’s privacy notice to be set out on

Records of your involvement in a particular match, on team sheets, on results pages or in match reports may be held indefinitely both by us and the RFU in order to maintain a record of the game.