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07 May 19: MFC Youth Academy & Structure

 

The club is pleased to announce the start of the Youth Academy at Maidctone FC. These changes are being introduced as part of the One Year Look ahead plan from Director of Rugby, Pete Barford.

Academy Coach

Under the direction of of the D.o.R. the club is pleaseed to announce the appointment of Mick Walker as the Academy Coach for next season. 

The Academy will be formed of players from next season's U16s, U17s and U18s, based on what Pete has seen last season in terms of potential, character and attitude. 'In the future, I believe that it should be the case that every player from the relevant age groups should aspire to be part of the Academy' said Pete. 'The formation of an Academy will allow youth players to build together, establish new relationships and be coached outside of the 'comfort' of their own age group'. As for his choice to kick start the future, Pete said 'Mick was an obvious choice to me and having spoken a number of times to him about his passion to coach again, Mick showed the enthusiasm required plus he has the credentials to deliver the role'. Mick has an extensive and varied CV, with notable success with the Army U21s, who were undefeated for three years under his tenure, periods at North Walsham in National League and then Sheppey. He was also involved in the development of the successful Aylesford Ladies team and more recently the all conquering Mustangs team from two seasons ago, which now forms the core of the current 1st Team. 

Discussions have taken place with the Head Coaches from the relevant age groups and the Youth Chairs about the introduction of the Academy and the concept has been positively received. 

An initial group of 25 players will be selected within the next week and a meeting held with them prior to the start of next season to discuss expectations.

School & University Liaisons

Separately, Pete has made two further appointments that close some loopholes he identified from his knowledge of the past and the time he has had during last season as both Youth Rugby Manager and covering for Director of Rugby.

Jamie Mills will become the University Players Liaison and will provide a link with all players going to university from the club. Jamie will be setting up a database covering future university players and also looking to capture information relating to those who are already at university. Pete commented 'We need to be spot on in the way we deal with those who go on to further their education and make them feel that they are still very much part of the club'. He added 'It also does not make any sense that someone as capable and successful in his time within the Youth Section as Jamie is no longer involved with the club'.

The final appointment is Gavin Allwright as Schools Liaison. Gavin has already done a lot of work with a number of schools over the last two seasons but his role will be a broader one based on the relationships with schools established last year by Pete. Pete commented ' Gavin is a big character and he is a smart thinker and we need to be smart when we deal with schools as opportunities for both contributing to player development and recruitment clearly exist'. Gavin will also continue to be part of the coaching set up for the Colts team next season.

05 May 19: Around the Grounds

National 2 Promotion Playoff:  I had the good fortune to be invited to this fixture and quite a day it was, my thanks to Shepherd Neame for the invitation, it was most appreciated.  More important was the on the pitch display which saw Canterbury prevail over opponents Chester with a 19-10 scoreline.  In a match played largely in sunshine the early pressure came from the home side with the first scoring opportunity a penalty which drifted wide of the posts.  Chester then began to get back into the match and were first on the scoreboard after a penalty gave them the territory and they were able to cross from the resultant lineout.  With little between the two sides much of the half was then played in midfield and it was only in the closing stages that Cant began to exert pressure in the Chester 22m, Eventually the visitors solid defence cracked as Canterbury crossed and with the conversion successful held a slender 7-5 advantage at the interval.  A half-time hailstorm had just about cleared by the restart and again the two sides found themselves locked together in a largely midfield battle until the closing minutes of the third quarter saw a good piece of anticipation with Canterbury intercepting a loose pass on halfway, which completely flatfooted the Chester players who were set in attacking mode as the ball was dotted down under the posts. Another try wide on the right a short while later looked like it might settle the affair as the lead stretched to 19-5 but Chester fought on manfully although it wasn’t until the dying seconds of the match that they were able to score their second try.  Congratulations to Canterbury on a great effort and a great result as they now join Blackheath and Elthamians in National 1.

RFU Cup National Finals:

Intermediate Cup:  Kenilworth always had just a bit too much for Matson who had beaten Colfes in the semi-final.  Despite conceding almost from the kickoff Kenilworth were 14-5 up inside 10 minutes and when a penalty and a further try took the score to 22-5, it looked like Matson were dead & buried.  A late first half rally reduced the deficit to 22-12 at the interval and when the teams reappeared for the second half, the game restarted at a furious pace with both sides on the scoreboard in double-quick time.  With the score at 27-19 the game settled into long periods of Kenilworth pressure, but unable to inflict the decisive blow it was Matson who scored next to set up a tense final ten minutes with the score at 27-26.  In the end it was Kenilworth who kept their nerve to cross for a try with 4 minutes remaining to take the Cup 26-32

Senior Vase: This was a very tight match that ebbed and flowed with Northallerton first on the scoreboard with a penalty after 15 minutes, little the two sides but it was Honiton’s two tries against the one from the opposition that gave them a 12-10 advantage at the change round.  The second half followed much the same vein as the first with scores for both sides as Honition led 19-17 going into the final quarter.  Two quick Northallerton scores looked like they were going to snatch the trophy before the Devon club responded with tries of their own to take the Senior Vase 29-27.

Junior Vase:  Of the three club finals today this was perhaps the most one-sided as Yorkshire club Thornensians had no real answer to the attacking Reeds Weybridge, who had pretty much wrapped the game up by half-time as they ran in five unanswered tries at regular intervals to take a 35-0 lead into the break.  Thorne did get on the scoreboard early in the second half to reduce the deficit, but that was as good as it got with Reeds scoring again with what was really the last meaningful play of the match to take the trophy 42-5

03 May 19: Sad News: Reg Dancer - FUNERAL DETAILS UPDATE

The club is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Reg Dancer. The ex-player & long supporter of the club became unwell in December and has been in a care home since early March.

His friend Phil Giddings was with him on May 1st and said that Reg was comfortable and at peace, ready to leave this world for the next.

Reg passed away shortly after.

Tributes have been pouring in for Reg over the past twenty-four hours, remembering him as an always friendly and welcoming character around the club. Known for his sing songs and front row grunt, he will be sorely missed by all those that were fortunate to have known him at the club.

The Club President Paul Ehrhart remembers Reg fondly. He said "Reg first played his rugby for Maldon Vikings and Chelmsford in Essex where he skippered a team in both clubs, and then joined Maidstone in 1973 as a prop forward for the B team; he then took over as skipper for a number of seasons, and then was a founder member of the Veterans team in 1985/6 season. All the time he played he could always be found after the game still in his muddy kit in the bar singing away much to the annoyance of the committee. He was a great tourist leading the singing, and his rendition of The One Eyed Trouser Snake or The Wife the Maid and I, will never be forgotten.  His dedication to the game showed when we went on tour to Canada, the fire alarm went off in the hotel at 4 in the morning and Reg was the only one outside carrying his kit bag, the fire wasn’t going to stop him playing!!!!!!!

A great character, a one off, never to be forgotten". 

On behalf of the club, we wish Margaret, the entire family and friends our deepest condolences.

The funeral will be held at the United Reformed Church, Week Street, ME14 1QU at 3.15pm on Friday 24th May. This will be followed by the wake at the clubhouse from 5pm onwards. Margaret has requested that any club members wishing to attend the funeral, does so wearing club blazers & ties.  

 

30 Apr 19: Fat Boys Training 2019

The ever popular "Fat Boys Training" returns for the summer, on Saturday June 1st at 11am on the Somme - and guess what?  You don't need to be fat to attend - or even a boy for that matter, but you do need to be 16 or over. 

Hosted by the never popular Shaun Neaves, you can be sure he will put you through considerable discomfort in the interests of making you a better, fitter and more committed rugby-player - and human-being (which are not entirely incompatible objectives).

He advises that you should bring water and boots and, in the interests of decency, clothing of some description.

 

28 Apr 19: Around the Grounds - Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Edition

Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Competitions

Kent Cup:  Just six of the nine eligible clubs entering a tournament that saw only one fixture played prior to a repeat of last year’s final between Sidcup & O Elthamians. Elthamians started quickly held the early advantage, pushing out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter before Sidcup began to get into their stride and pegged them back to a 17-15 scoreline at the half-time interval.  Elthamians started quickly again in the second half, extending their lead to 24-15 before a succession of three Elthamians tries and a penalty in the middle period of the half took the score out to 48-15, ensuring there would be no repeat of last year’s result where Sidcup took the trophy in the dying minutes.  It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes and with a man advantage that Sidcup were able to respond with two converted tries of their own before a final flourish by Elthamians to lift the Kent Cup for the first time in their history with a 55-29 scoreline.

Kent Shield:  Now in its third season, this competition for teams at Levels 7 & 8 saw less than half the available clubs enter, and again a competition littered with walkovers.  Of the round one fixtures only one was played as part of the preseason preparations. Of the semi-finals, only Charlton Park’s match against Aylesford took place, with Gravesend benefiting from a walkover in the other and reaching the final without ever having to put their boots on.  The final was always a close encounter with Charlton Pk holding a narrow 8-6 advantage at the interval and with the lead change hands during the second half.  In the end in a contest where there was little to separate the two sides, it was Gravesend who held off some late Charlton Park pressure to take the trophy 23-26

Kent Plate: Entry into the Plate is for losers of their first fixture in either the Cup or Shield competitions; and ended with a Canterbury v Westcombe Pk final without a ball ever being kicked.  Nonetheless, the final proved an enthralling and high scoring encounter in which the advantage swung back and forth with the lead changing hands on five occasions.  In what was always a close contest it was Canterbury’s Pilgrims that lifted the trophy with a 31-39 scoreline.  

Kent Vase: It would appear that there is much more enthusiasm for the county cup competitions amongst the junior clubs with 23 entering the Vase competition and out of the 19 fixtures up to the final only five were conceded to walkovers, which is a credit to all the clubs concerned. To mention all the matches would be impossible, but some of the fixtures of note were the efforts of league debutants Cliffe Crusaders who made it to the quarter-finals before falling to eventual finalists Kings College; and non-league Ash, Ashford Barbarians and Swanley who all went out in the opening round. Their participation in the competition is most welcome, and without wishing to be political, their willingness to compete perhaps an example to some of the senior clubs. The semi-finals saw Kent 2 club Bexley concede to Kings College whilst the other semi also resulted in a walkover with Ashford being given the concession by O Gravesendians.  The final saw Ashford always in control to complete a successful season with an 18-3 victory to lift the trophy.

Kent Salver:  Only four clubs failed to transfer to the Salver through conceding their fixtures and pleasingly the competition progressed through three rounds with only one further walkover.  The semi-finals saw Cranbrook fall 19-27 to Southwark Lancers, whilst in the other Faversham were 29-7 victors against Sittingbourne.  In the final Faversham took a slender 7-5 advantage into the interval but it was Southwark who looked like picking up the trophy having moved into a 7-15 lead, but the ‘castaways’ came back with two further scores to eventually lift the Salver with a narrow 17-15 win.

28 Apr 19: AGM Notice - Thursday 25th July

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Maidstone Rugby will take place at The Mote on Thurs 25th  July 2019 at 8:00pm.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM and details of the agenda for this year’s meeting will be posted here in due course.

If any members have any points, topics or questions to be raised for discussion they should be submitted to the Hon Secretary in writing by Sunday 30th June 2019 in order that appropriate actions and responses can be prepared.

Please make every effort to attend and have a say in the running of your club.

25 Apr 19: A Word From Our New Director Of Rugby

Firstly, I would like to thank both Andy Golding and Craig Tuffrey for the support I have had during last season. Andy, in particular, has given me an insight into the running of the club and how to conduct oneself. Little did I know that my role as Youth Rugby Manager would end up by the end of the season as being one that is encapsulated in the role of Director of Rugby at the club. However, incorporating one into the other makes a lot of sense for the future.

 
I am proud to have been given the chance to bring change and success. Anyone who knows me and knows my past will be able to confirm that I will be totally focused on delivering success for the club, starting from the Youth Section.
 
The club is already in receipt of my One Year Lookahead, which includes some accelerated change. This will be presented to club members before the start of next season but it is true to say that the work has already started. The plan emphasises the start point, which is the Youth Section, and then goes on to cover the Senior Section and finally Culture & Standards.
 
As for the team of coaches I have inherited, I feel that we have a good balance of skills and effective communication styles. Having observed for the first part of the season and then had some involvement for the second part of the season, I believe I know what needs to be done for next season. I am meeting the coaching team and associated team members on Monday 29 April to discuss next season and the future.
 
And finally, for the playing members at the club, I am sure we all want success plus a bit of fun on top. An emphasis on the One Great Club message is the only way forward.
 
Pete Barford

 

17 Jan 19: Junior Fixtures Coordinator Required For Next Season

After doing such a stellar job of the Junior fixtures, Craig Rixon will need to step down at the end of the season due to work commitments. The club is truly thankful to Craig for his fantastic efforts in coordinating the youth games.

This means that as of next season, the club wil need a new Youth Fixtures Coordinator. In the role, you’ll be responsible for organising rugby fixtures for all age groups within the Maidstone Youth section. Players will rely on you to ensure the fixtures provide the right standard of rugby, reflecting the needs of each age group. As it’s all about playing rugby, it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be a rugby club without you.

Ideally, you’ll need to be:

  • Well-organised & Conscientious
  • Good at communicating
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Knowledge of Excel 
  • Familiarity of Maidstone Youth Section volunteers and lead Coaches would be helpful but not necessary

The role is not as daunting as it sounds and we guarantee that you'll receive the gratitude of the players, coaches and supporters alike. You’ll be the source of all knowledge about upcoming matches, keeping the season alive and on schedule. The skills needed to do this role are transferable to any walk of life, so having something like this on your CV is attractive to potential employers.

A full role description can be found here.

23 Nov 18: Sponsorship Role Vacancy

After 14 years long service and an incredible amount of money gained for the club, Bob Hayton will be stepping down as Sponsorship Officer at the end of the season. Over the years Bob has built up a network of relationships that have benefitted the entire club. From shirt sponsors to Mike Tindall & Lawrence Dallaglio visits, his efforts have reaped such reward for the club. With his everyday work load becoming more pressing, coupled with the multiple hats he already wears for the club, he has reluctantly decided to pass one of hits hats on.

The club is obviously looking for a replacement as soon as possible. Bob will be on hand to help transition the existing relationships across to the new incumbents. With the groundwork laid over so many years, maintaining these relationships is key, but should not be to arduous if picked up quickly.

This is not a role that needs to be filled by one person and we do have a couple of volunteers willing to help out. However, the club still desperately needs a lead in which to coordinate the tasks and oversee the role. The club is also looking to offer a commission base for the Sponsorship role as an incentive to any and all volunteers willing to help the club.

If you are interested in coming on board, then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance.

The only thing left to say is to thank Bob wholeheartedly for his efforts and persistence throughout his tenure, which without, the club could be in a far different place.

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Notices

Annual Awards Dinner
posted: March 21 2019

The 2018/2019 annual awards dinner will take place on Thursday 18th April, the day before Good Friday. This year it emanates from the Cornwallis Suite, which is part of the Maidstone Masonic Center.

The event is open to all members to be part of as we toast the season and then hand out the coveted awards. The doors open at 7pm on the night at a cost of £25ph, payable at the clubhouse bar no later than April 2nd.

We hope you can join us for this very special night in the calendar.



Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 08 2018

 

This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise perimeter board sales. The success of the club in being able to generate perimeter board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Manager's role has outgrown what can be achieved and fulfilled by one person and in many respects the sale of perimeter boards is 'treading water' as opposed to increasing sales. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for perimeter 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 upcoming closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is also 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 and exploring opportunities 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.



Online Physio Appointment Booking
posted: October 03 2018

The club will be launching a new online booking system for the Physio department at the club.

The intention is to help the team plan clinics and also help make sure that everyone can be seen in a timely fashion. The priority on Thursday will go to senior players looking to play games on the Saturday, but the booking system will help make scheduling an appointment easier. The online system will be trialled until Christmas.

A booking link will be added to the club’s website and also to the clubs Facebook players page, for members to book. Please remember that treatments are for paying members and you maybe refused service if you are not paid up.



Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals (Pre RWC 2019)
posted: December 03 2018

Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals

The Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals purchase window opens at midday on Tuesday 4 December. These tickets are not being distributed through the usual RFU allocation system and must be booked directly by the individuals/groups concerned.


England will play two matches at Twickenham and one match at St James Park, Newcastle.

  • England v Wales - Sunday 11 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
  • England v Ireland - Saturday 24 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
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Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

£80

2*

£60

3*

£45

4*

£25

* A junior concession is available on categories 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

England v Italy - Friday 6 September 2019 (St James Park) KO:TBC

Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

1**

£70

2**

£45

3**

£25

**A junior concession is available on categories 1, 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

Payment for all tickets must be made by credit and debit card. There is a £3.50 service and delivery charge per transaction.

To access the RFU booking portal please click here



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: August 07 2018

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.



50% Off Your Playing Membership
posted: June 29 2018

As part of our recruitment drive, the Club is offering a massive 50% discount off of your senior playing membership. All you need to do is recruit a friend to come and play for Maidstone. Once they are a signed up and a fully fledged playing member, the club will discount the last 6 months of your membership.

This season we are eligible again to take part in the RFU Intermediate Trophy, which has the final played at Twickenham. The last time we entered was 2015, where we saw off stiff competition from Diss and Coney Hill to set up the final at Twickenham against Bridgenorth. The rest as they say, is history.

Memories of that day can be found here, and it is something we hope to experience again.

For more information, please speak to Director of Rugby Andy Golding, or Head Coach Mike Hebden.

 



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2018

The last batch of club blazers was ordered and delivered over 2 years ago (2013) and there have been expressions of interest in obtaining a blazer from various quarters throughout the past season.  The club is prepared to assemble another order but you should be informed that the minimum order quantity is 20 and the last order took c2 years to assemble.  Therefor if you put your name forward please be aware that this will not be a rapid process.

Members interested in ordering a blazer should forward their names to Bob Hayton and include what size they require; sizing is based on the standard M&S blazer sizes (i.e. 42R, 42L etc) although minor adjustments can be made such as extra or shorter sleeve length

Please note that given that it took c2-years to assemble the order for last batch of blazers this batch is therefore expected to be the last order for the foreseeable future, so if you don't order one, you may well miss the boat!!

 





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