- Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 6 senior sides so can cater for whatever level you play at. So why not join us at the county town's senior rugby club.
- Matchball Sponsorship: Opportunities stilll available for the home league fixtures. Contact Bob Hayton
- New Players: Maidstone Rugby welcomes new players of all ages and abilities, see New Players page for contact information. Free membership for members of HM Forces.
- Situations Vacant: Please see the new Club Volunteers page of the website for roles in which the club is looking for volunteers to step forward.
10 Feb 16: U15s top the bill on a big weekend of rugby 27th/28th February
The weekend of the 27th & 28th February is building up to be a big weekend of rugby for Maidstone. On the Saturday, apart from the obvious interest in the RBS 6 Nations as England face Ireland at Twickenham in what is the national side's first home fixture in this year's competition; the 1st XV host Gosport & Fareham in a fixture postponed duue to the weather from 30th January.
On the Sunday the club's under 15s sides top the bill as the U15 A XV host local rival Medway in the Kent Cup and will be looking to progress as they defend their 100% record so far this season. The B XV will be competing and have a tough draw as they travel to face Westcombe Pk in the quarter-final of the Bowl competition.
As if that isn't enough, in the afternoon the 1st XV runout again, this time in the Shepherd Neame Kent Plate competition as they travel to Cranbrook looking to book a place in the next round to face Dartfordians (away), the other sides through to the next round are Canterbury, Anchorians and Dunstonians, Interestingly, the tie against Dartfordians will be the only quarter-final match as the other sides have byes to the semi-finals (although this is conditional on whether Sidcup beat Elthamians, should Elthamians lose they will travel to face Anchorians).
Your support for all the teams would be appreciated
08 Feb 16: Shepherd Neame Kent Cup News (Updated 10 Feb)
Things seem to be moving quite slowly in the Kent Cup competitions and this update deals primarily with the Cup, Shield and Plate situation. In the Cup competition 2nd round ties which should have been completed last weekend saw only the one match take place as Westcombe Pk progressed following a 17-26 win at Dover. With postponed fixtures consuming spare dates, the fixture between Sidcup and O Elthamians is now scheduled for Friday 26th Feb under floodlights. No information has surfaced on what is happening (or happened) in the tie between Backheath (Heathens) and Charlton Pk and looking at both club websites, you would think the competition didn’t exist. The last of the ties is a bit more difficult to fathom, as it was supposed to be Medway v TJs, but with Medway’s disbarring and Gravesend supposedly reinstated from the Plate to the Cup, it may be that the administration is still catching up.
In the Shield competition the semi-final clubs are now known, with 3 sides from Ldn 2 joined by Aylesford from Ldn 3 who beat Bromley in early January to book their place. Colfes received a W/O against Park Hse and the two league ‘big guns’ in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks reached the semi-final stage after away wins at Folkestone (10-18) and Dartfordians (24-34) respectively.
In the Plate competition matches don’t have to be played until the weekend of 27/28th Feb although Canterbury have booked their quarter final spot after a 43-7 win against Ashford last weekend. Under the competition rules, with Park Hse failing to fulfil their fixture in the Shield they are now ineligible for the Plate so it looks as if Dunstonians will receive a bye whilst Dartfordians still wait to find out what has happened in the elusive Blackheath/Charlton Pk cup tie. With Gravesend looking like they have been reinstated in the main Cup competition it is probable that Anchorians now have a bye and should Elthamians lose against Sidcup they will also receive a bye to complete the fixture card. Ironic that the first round of the Plate tin which there could have been 10-11 sides vying for 8 quarter-final spots, looks like resulting in actually being the quarter-finals.
Update; The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the Kent Plate competition have been announced as follows:
Dartfordians v Cranbrook or Maidstone
Old Dunstonians - Bye
Gillingham Anchorians v Old Elthamians or Bye ( if Elthamians lose to Sidcup in Cup )
Canterbury - Bye
The draw for the Cup, Shield, Vase & Salver competitions can be found here
08 Feb 16: Maidstone Feature in Rugby World (again)
Maidstone Rugby feature in this months edition of Rugby World magazine. The brief article can be found in the Focus on Club Rugby section of the magazine under London & SE clubs. The article also features a photo of club captain Ben Williams in a pose that can be best described as that of a 'Prancing Horse'!!
07 Feb 16: Around the Grounds
National 1: Blackheath slip to third place after they lost out 21-15 at struggling Wharfedale, Hartpury overtake them following their 48-16 win against relegation struggler Henley whilst Richmond stay top after they beat basement club Cinderford 25-8. Esher just about stay in touch with the top three after they won 19-22 at Hull Ionians but they are tied on points with Plymouth Albion who beat Blaydon 16-5. At the bottom of the table, Cinderford, Henley and Blaydon look the favourites for the drop although Wharfedale are by no mean out of the woods despite today’s win. In the other fixtures Ampthill were 21-5 winners over Rosslyn Pk and Loughborough went down 7-22 at DMP.
National 2(S): Despite Cambridge’s fixture at Taunton being postponed they remain top as O Albanians were unable to capitalise, going down 5-17 at home to struggling Chinnor. Third placed Bishops Stortford closed the gap after they beat city club Canterbury 14-26. Bottom club Launceston are now 28 points adrift after they lost heavily, 40-0 at Barnes with Redingensians, another club in the relegation dogfight winning 18-42 at Elthamians. With the matches between Clifton v Southend and Redruth v Dorking being postponed the bottom of the table sees Southend and Chinnor in the relegation spots above Launceston, although at this stage it really is perm any two from six for those relegation places.
National 3(SE): The only fixture in this division saw Colchester lift themselves into mid-table with a 24-46 win at Bracknell.
London 1 (S): In a weekend of rearranged fixtures involving some of the promotion chasers at the top end of the table most notably Sidcup failed to significantly close the gap on the sides above them as they went down 25-17 at a Maidstone outfit that have taken points of all the top three sides since the end of November. Fourth placed Medway were convincing 32-10 winners against fifth placed Chobham and the only side in the top five to record a win, whilst sixth club Brighton lost out 18-15 at Havant with Tottonians running out 36-3 winners against visiting Chiswick.
London 3 (SE): the tow fixtures in this division were mainly mid-table affairs with struggling Burgess Hill losing out 10-20 at home to fellow Sussex club Eastbourne, a result that keeps Eastbourne just ahead of Pulborough who were 10-17 winners at Cranbrook.
Kent 1: the only match in this division saw sixth placed Vigo close the gap on HSBC with a 26-10 win against visiting Kings Coll who sit on the edge of the drop zone and will be the target for NAG to catch in the coming weeks.
RFU Intermediate Cup Round 3: in large part is was good results across the board for the Ldn 2(SE) clubs as Sevenoaks received a W/O with struggling Basingstoke conceding the fixture, for their league challengers Tunbridge Wells were 48-5 winners against Hove whilst Thanet lost out to 17-53 at home to visiting Horsham. Elsewhere, Cobham came out on top 24-18 in the clash of the ldn 2(SW) frontrunners; whilst last season’s regional semi-finalists Diss were narrow 11-12 winners at Woodford. In the remaining ties, H&F received a walkover against Romford & Gidea Pk, with Enfield losing out 7-27 at home to Fullerians and Saffron Walden convincingly beaten 5=-29 by a Ldn exiles club that is very much on the rise.
RFU Senior Vase Round 3: This competition is at the regional quarter-final stage and all three of the Ldn 3(SE) clubs will be involved in the draw for the semis. Aylesford were resounding 49-20 winners at home to visiting Eastleigh, whilst defending champions Bromley thrashed Stevenage 74-21. The last of the regional sides is H&W and they posted a 12-20 win at a confident US Portsmouth side that were promoted last season with a perfect league record (including bonus points). The last of the ties saw Hitchin 34-12 winners over Kings Lynn based West Norfolk.
RFU Junior Vase Round 3: Of the two sides of local interest still in this competition Southwark fell 7-44 to visiting O Cranleighians, whilst H&B were 13-20 winners at Kingston. None of the fixtures saw runaway victories as Chipstead went down 12-20 to Millbrook and Crusaders were 18-7 winners against Royston. Ely beat Maldon 22-11 whilst Fordingbridge went down to Reeds Weybridge 14-25. In the two remaining fixtures Seaford were narrow 10-7 winners against O Georgians and Streatham & Croydon lost 7-25 to Ldn Welsh(Am).
NB: The Around the Grounds for next weekend (13 Feb) will be delayed and probably not appear until Tuesday evening as the author is away in Rome for the Italy v England RBS 6N fixture.
05 Feb 16: RFU Injured Players Foundation Collections
As many of you will know the club has in recent years since the injury to Tom Hughes, been supportive of the work of the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF). During the matches on Sat 6th Feb v Sidcup and Sat 20th Feb v Medway there will be a collection to support the ongoing good work that they do. The collection is being made by local lady Lorna Torrens who is running the London Marathon in April to raise funds for the IPF and this is just part of her fundraising effort.
As a neuropsychologist Lorna specifically chose to raise funds for the IPF having recently been asked to assess a couple of rugby players who have incurred head injuries as well as having done work with injured players with the Scottish Rugby Union during her time in Edinburgh.
Lorna has a long association with rugby, her father was actively involved in the sport as a referee in the USA during rugby’s formative years there in the mid-1970s. Her son also played the game and represented Cambridge University as an U21 Blue.
Attempting the London Marathon is no mean feat and the RFU IPF is a very worthy cause, so we ask you to please give generously.
Lorna also has a just Giving page where donations can be made: click here
11 Jan 16: Saracens Rugby Skills Camp, 16-17 February 2016
February Half Term Rugby Camp 2016 – Maidstone FC
The Saracens Rugby Camp Program is aimed at U7 – U14 boy and girls playing age groups and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities, utilizing Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches from the Community team.
With the RFU implementing Shaping The Game for U7 - U10 across all counties, Saracens brand new delivery structure will be in place throughout the season!!
Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips, creating a fun and enjoyable environment in which participants will work closely in groups of the same/similar age covering all rugby aspects. Individuals can expect to cover content specific to their age group ensuring the best possible chance to further personal development on and off the field.
The club and experienced coaching staff allow access for all rugby abilities and encourage TAG rugby players to attend in addition to those of an older age.
Course: Two Day Skills Clinic
Venue: Maidstone FC
Date: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th February
Age: 6-14 years old
Normal Price: £60.00
Online Price: £54.00
To book your place on a this course, please CLICK HERE or call Ed Clark on 0203 675 7242
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 13th February
Maidstone FC v Dover RFC
Away, KO: 2:30pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 13th February
Mustangs XV v Tunbridge Wells RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2:30pm (League)
Development XV v Old Gravesenians III, Home, KO 2:30 (League)
Barbarians XV v Sittingbourne RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm (League)
Veterans XV v tba
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
RFU & Kent Volunteer Awards
posted: February 01 2016
It is that time of year where we start to look at the more formal recognition of those servants of the club who so generously give their time and effort for the benefit of the club and its members.
There are several tiers of awards ranging from the RFU Presidents Awards to the Kent RFU Volunteer Awards in addition to our own club awards.
The Hon Sec Steve Quinn has volunteered to coordinate the process to ensure that the committee is aware of any nominations. Anyone making a nomination is requested to provide details to the Hon Sec so that the club is aware of what nominations may have been submitted and for what categories.
RFU Presidents Awards
The 2016 RFU President’s Awards are now open for nominations, with entries closing on Sun 13 March. This is again an online nomination process and full details of the categories, guidelines and nomination process can be found on the RFU website (click here)
Kent RFU Volunteer Awards
The 2016 Kent RFU Volunteer Awards are now open for nominations which can only be submitted via an online system. The closing date for nominations is Thurs 28th April and full details of the awards categories can be found on the Kent RFU website (click here)
For both the RFU and Kent RFU anyone can submit a nomination but once again, the committee requests that you keep them informed via the Hon Sec of any nominations submitted.
International Tickets: England v Wales, 29th May 2016
posted: December 09 2015
There will be a full selection of QBE Autumn Internationals in 2016 with fixtures against Australia, S Africa, Argentina and Fiji during November. However as a bit of a taster in the summer there will be an England home fixture at Twickenham against Wales on Sunday 29th May.
Tickets for this match are in three categories; £83, £70 and £48 and are not subject to the normal allocation system. Essentially, we can bid for what we want. The closing date for bids from the club is 21st January 2016.
If any members are interested in obtaining tickets for this fixture and the opportunity of watching England gain revenge for their embarrasing defeat on home turf during the RWC, then they should contact Steve Vincent via email as soon as possible stating how many tickets they require and in what category, plus also method of payment. (click here)
Referee Courses available
posted: November 12 2015
The RFU along with Kent Referees Society have been working hard to secure referee courses in Kent. Historically there hasn't been the workforce to deliver these courses and have only been available outside of Kent. We now have 3 courses over the season in Kent and need to ensure that the places are filled in order for us to continue having courses delivered in Kent . Please distribute widely to ensure everybody knows of these courses and therefore work together so that we in Kent can ensure we have enough referees to facilitate our games
Referee courses in Kent now available
Want to become a rugby referee or interested in understanding more about the game? Why not book yourself on a referee course. The Level 2 course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip candidates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It is delivered using a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
Referee courses have been scheduled in Kent at the below dates and venues
1. Sun 29th Nov & Sun 6th Dec 2015 @ Leigh Academy- Dartford 9-5pm both days. Click here to book on line via the RFU booking system. (there are still 8 vacancies available on this course)
2. Sun 7th Feb & Sun 21st Feb 2016 @ Langley Park School 9-5pm both days . Click here to book on line via the RFU booking system.
3. Sun 18th June & Sun 25th June 2016 @ Simon Langton School, Canterbury 9-5pm both days . Click here to book on line via the RFU booking system.
Places are going quickly so secure your place asap
THE 500 CLUB
posted: September 10 2015
Have you joined the 500 Club?
What is the 500 Club? The 500 Club is a cash draw that takes place at regular intervals during the season.
How does the 500 Club work? The 500 Club works on the basis of members entering the 500 Club Fund, the cost is £60 per year (although you can put in more) and members are allocated a number for each £10 contribution. Half of the fund goes towards the prizes and the other half to the club. the size of the fund dictates the size of the prizes, so the more people pay in, the more money is available in prizes. The winning numbers for each prize draw are drawn utilising an electronic random number generator.
How do you join? Collect a form in the clubhouse bar or contact the 500 Club coordinator Bob Beney, either via email (click here) or Mob: 07973 118043.
How do you pay? Payment can be monthly by either standing order or direct debit (available shortly) or annually by cheque or bank transfer.
Can other members of your familly join the 500 Club? YES
What does the money earned by the club get utilised for? Of the total money generated 50% goes into the prize draws for cash prizes, with the remaining 50% into club funds. This season the club has decided to create some additional focus to the use of the 500 Club funds by supporting a specific project within the club. Discussion has identified that there is a real need for additional equipment and machinery to assist the ground chairman in pitch reparations during both the playing and closed season, the money generated by this season’s 500 Club will assist in funding those ground and machinery requirements.
Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: September 10 2015
Have you considered becoming a member of Kent RFU? The county’s constituent body is looking to strengthen its membership. For only £10 per year you get the following benefits:
Your own copy of the Annual County Handbook.
2 issues of the Kent RFU ‘In Touch’ Newsletter.
The entitlement to apply for international tickets through the county.
Free entry to RFU County Championship home fixtures.
Free entry to the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup finals day.
For further information or if you have any queries contact Kent RFU Membership Secretary Steve Homewood (click here) and to download a Kent RFU membership form (click here) which should in turn be forwarded to Steve.
IMPORTANT -Membership for 2015-16 Season now due
posted: August 12 2015
New Senior Players need to set up their Direct Debits NOW for payment action; alternately a one off payment can be made to Carol over the bar before 1st September.
The subscription is all the payment that is required to play rugby at Maidstone, click here for subscription costs.
Please note that “only players who have paid their membership” are covered by the RFU insurance and eligible to play. In some cases it might be prudent to take up additional insurance cover for your own personal use.
Membership subscriptions include the usual benefits of use of the clubhouse facilities, , access to the draw for international tickets, voting rights, ability to stand for office etc all apply and perhaps key for playing members is free physiotherapy and injury management.
There are no match fees charged by the club, these are all incorporated into the membership subscription.
Players should note that the costs borne out of membership fees are club strips, balls and other playing/training equipment, pitch hire when required, plus also referees.
IF YOU HAVEN’T PAID YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION THEN YOU ARE EFFECTIVELY FREELOADING ON THE BACK OF YOUR TEAM MATES AND:
1. DEPRIVING THE CLUB OF FUNDS.
2. NOT ENTITLED TO PHYSIOTHERAPY.
“AND SOMEONE ELSE IS SUBSIDISING YOUR RUGBY”!!
(Is your mate at the bar paying for more than your pint?)
Membership Forms can be downloaded from the Club Policy Information page (click here). A direct debit instruction should be completed first and can be done so online at the foot of the membership page (click here).
RBS 6 Nations International Tickets
posted: August 26 2015
Despite the fact that the pre RWC warm up fixtures are not yet complete, and with the RWC yet to come, fully paid up members can apply now to the Club for inclusion in the ballot for RBS 6 Nations 2016 Tickets. The matches are Ireland (27 Feb16) and Wales (12 Mar 16) at Twickenham with the away matches being Scotland (6 Feb16), Italy (14 Feb16) and France (19 Mar16). Applications for inclusion in the ballot to Steve Vincent via email (click here) stating which matches and how many tickets ideally required (not to exceed 4 per member for home matches and 2 per member for away matches).
2015-16 Matchball Sponsorship
posted: July 30 2015
Matchball Sponsorship opportunities still remain available for next season's home league and cup fixtures, all the fixtures in the first half of the season have now been taken up with Sidcup the first of the 6 home league fixtures in 2016 that remain available The cost is £50; if you or your company would be interested in being a Matchball Sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:
12th Sept v Chiswick - Bob Beney
3rd Oct v Tottonians - Jim Tinsley
17th Oct v Tonbridge Juddians (Kent Cup) - Gordon Diment
24th Oct v Dover - Sharpak Aylesham
14th Nov v Twickenham - Gordon Diment
28th Nov v Havant - Topnotch Health Club
12th Dec v Guildford - Sharpak Aylesham
9th Jan v Sidcup
16th Jan v Sutton & Epsom - Sharpak Aylesham
30th Jan v Gosport & Fareham
20th Feb v Medway
19th Mar v Brighton
9th Apr v Chobham
23rd Apr v Charlton Park
Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 21 2015
This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise pitchside advertising sales. The success of the club in being able to generate board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Officers role has become greater than can be fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for pitchside board sales as a standalone role.
The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly. However; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating leads and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.
Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website
For a full description of the role click here.