- 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 still available for home league & cup fixtures this season (Thanet & Crowborough still available). 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.
- 500 CLUB: Next draw end of January 2015, Join now to be included, See Bob Beney or the 500 Club webpage for more details. You've got to be on it to win it!!!!
- 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.
26 Jan 15: Recognise our Volunteers; RFU President's XV Awards
2015 RFU President’s Awards
Time is short for any nominations for the RFU President’s Awards which can be submitted up until Sunday,February 1, 2015.
The overarching theme is to identify and reward outstanding teams of volunteers, although nominees for Category 7 – the President's Choice, ‘Beyond Rugby’ can be an individual or a group.
For full details click here
To ensure nominations are coordinated, anyone making a nomination is requested to do so via the Chairman, Jon Sargent. Please submit your nomination (in accordance with the guidance outlined at the above link) in the form of an MS Word document and Jon will ensure the online nomination process is completed.
26 Jan 15: Website Updates
Many will have noticed that the left hand column of the website has been updated with a few new navigation buttons, there will a couple of extra additions in due course so please bear with us.
None of the pages prior to the changes have been lost, but there are a few additions as follows.
Club Volunteers: This page is an important addition to the website and will contain information about roles for which we are looking for volunteers to step forward and assist in developing the club. As a consequence all of the role descriptions for various posts within the club will now be contained here and deleted from the Policy page of the website.
RWC 2015: This page will link to the official RWC 2015 website (as does the logo that cycles through the Maidstone Rugby window at the top of the right hand column of the website) , in addition it will also feature news articles that are more relevant to both the county and SE region.
500 Club: This button replaces the standard navigation button that was previously in place.
In addition some husbandry has been carried out on the Links page of the website, if there are any particularly useful links that have been removed then please let us know and we will restore them. There is some further web management to be conducted but this will not affect the site map as a whole and should purely involve the updating of some content of respective generic pages.
26 Jan 15: Intermediate Cup Semi-Final Coach Travel - 14 Feb 15
The club has booked a 53 seater coach for the RFU Intermediate Cup Regional Semi-Final at Diss on the 14th February. It is anticipated that once team travelling requirements have been met there will be c25 seats available for supporter travel.
Travelling supporters should bear in mind that travel arrangement timings will be primarily focussed on the team arriving in good time for pre match preparations. This may not necessarily dovetail with any hospitality arrangements that Diss may be arranging and information on ths will be communicated once it is received.
Cost will be £10 per head, which is good value when you consider the the fuel and toll costs of a return trip by car. Places are available on a first come, first served basis and can be booked at the club bar with the bar staff. Payment is required at the time of booking.
24 Jan 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: At the top Ealing remain the front runners after a 63-35 win over Richmond, with Coventry just four points adrift after they beat struggling Cinderford 32-22. Rosslyn Pk stay third following their tight 20-15 home win over Blaydon and Fylde sit fourth despite losing out 12-35 to visiting Hartpury. Blackheath’s 17-7 win over Wharfedale sees them close the gap on Fylde to just 4 points. At the bottom end of the table doomed Macclesfield gave their spirits a lift with a 20-22 win at fellow strugglers Tynedale, whilst O Albanians occupy the last of the relegation places following their 30-20 defeat at the hands of Loughborough St. The last of the fixtures saw mid-table Darlington MP exchange places with Esher after a 30-22 win for the NE club.
National 2(S): Canterbury made it three on the trot as they posted a useful 28-23 result at home against Redruth, a result that sees them 10 points clear of the bottom three. Of those clubs, Lydney went down heavily 59-5 at Worthing, whilst O Elthamians did the city club a favour in beating Shelford 23-3. Basement club Dings lost 49-19 at Clifton. At the top a 27-32 win for Henley over Cambridge sees them extend their lead to eight points after Dorking could only manage a 17-17 draw at Launceston. Taunton posted a 22-17 win over Bishop’s Stortford whilst in mid-table Southend beat Chinnor 18-14.
London 1 (S): Both of these delayed matches had more bearing on the relegation battl;e than the promotion race; G&F did themselves a power of good with a resounding 45-12 win over struggling Twickenham, a result that moves them up two places to eight spot, but leaves their opponents occupying the third of the relegation places. Basement club Hove stay anchored to the bottom after a 57-0 hammering at Sidcup, with the result moving the Kent club above Guildford and into fourth spot.
London 2 (SE): Any promotion aspirations harboured by Tunbridge Wells have probably been dispelled after they fell to a 27-24 defeat at Colfes in a match delayed from earlier in the season, Whilst Crowborough continue their resurgence with a tight 10-15 win at Thanet. The results now see Wells 10-points adrift of third placed Sevenoaks, with Crowborough and Thanet still in the lower half of the table in 8th and 9th places respectively, although the 'Crows' still have an outstanding postponed fixture to fit in around their league and Intermediate Cup commitments.
London 3 (SE): The mid table battle between Uckfield and Folkestone went the way of the home side as they ran out solid 28-7 winners but they still lie 10 points their opponents for the day in seventh place to Folkestone’s sixth.
Kent 2: No fixtures this week in the division. But the main news is the withdrawal of Orpington from the league. No club takes this sort of decision lightly and issues of player availability, particularly in the front row, have somewhat forced their hand, and having already conceded two league fixtures they were unwilling to risk expulsion in the event of a third cancellation. We wish them well as they look to turn things around.
RFU Knockout Competitions:
Junior Vase: From a county perspective the key encounter was between Sheppey, who travelled to face last season’s champions Battersea Ironsides. Ultimately they came up short, going down 17-8 as the Ironsides look to go one step further than last season’s National semi-final. Camberley made short work of Kingston as they ran out 60-10 winners to progress, whilst Cheshunt lost out 13-19 at home to Wisbech. The last of the ties between May & Baker and Chipstead was abandoned.
Shepherd Neame Kent Cup: With Blackheath already through to the next round after a 10-46 win over Colfes back in November, their semi-final opponents were decided this weekend after TJs ran out convincing 0-31 winners against Medway. The other fixture played this weekend also pitched a Nat 3 club against London 2 opposition as Westcombe Pk hosted Maidstone; and although Combe had tried to play down the disparity in league standings, citing their own stuttering form; perhaps they were correct in their assessment as Maidstone were deserved 20-33 winners on the day to maintain their currently unbeaten season, The victors now go on to host the winners of the only outstanding tie between Tunbridge Wells and O Elthamians in the second of the semi-finals
Plate: In the first of the Plate fixtures to be played Dartfordians went down 19-57, with Gravesend having a Bye, the rest of the fixtures are scheduled for the 14th Feb.
18 Jan 15: Pre match Lunch sees a touch of the Orient
Rugby club fare is normally regarded as pretty traditional, and there is probably nothing quite as filling on a cold day as Suasages or Pie and Mash, however, Saturday’s lunch prior to the league fixture with Thanet Wdrs was a departure from that traditional stereotype and took a trip to the orient, with club members and sponsors experiencing a variety of Far East cuisine. Hosted by Gary Pankhurst from the club’s primary sponsor Pankhurst Contracting the meal ranged from Japanese sushi to start, with a fusion of curries for a main course and desserts that demonstrated just a hint of difference from the norm. In fact, probably the only recognisable English aspect of the meal was the Coffee, Cheese and Biscuits to round off a very enjoyable prelude to the main event of the day on the pitch. An accomplished speaker, Gary even managed to get all those attending to join in a rendition of Max Bygraves ‘a Tiny House’; now that certainly was a first!
Prior to the lunch Fergus and Judith Wilson presented the club with a Wales international shirt signed by welsh legends Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett and JPR Williams and the whole event was rounded off with a presentation by club President Jim Tinsley, of a framed club shirt to Gary Pankhurst in recognition of his support to the club as its primary sponsor.
15 Jan 15: Discipline – A Reminder from Kent RFU
Please don't let this Club down. Treat referees as our guests and with respect at all times!
There appears to be a continuing trend of Match Official abuse; at the county AGM and in their pre-season letter to clubs, the county confirmed that they considered that such abuse must stop and to that end, they would consider in each case whether to add an extra number of weeks sanction as an additional deterrent. They have added either 2 or 4 weeks to each case that has appeared before us; accordingly sanction periods of between 8 and 12 weeks have been imposed in some cases, even where a low entry point has been the starting point.
In other areas of the country the level of abuse has been such that a number of referees have walked away from rugby completely and this has resulted in severe sanctions for clubs concerned. In some cases referees are not being provided to any match involving the offending club, regardless of level and age group. Without them we have no game!
The RFU are currently being very firm on this area of abuse and will support County Discipline Panels who take a similar stance. In some recent cases of referee abuse the RFU have increased sanctions considerably – sometimes to bans running to two years.
14 Jan 15: Pre Match Lunch v Sevenoaks RFC - Sat 7th Feb
Saturday 7th February sees not only the 1st XV home fixture against local rivals Sevenoaks RFC in the current league campaign, but also the next in the series of this season's Pre-match Lunches.
The club will be entertaining guests from our opposition for the day, as well as a number of the club’s current and potential new sponsors and advertisers. This is likely to be a great occasion combined with what is traditionally a keenly contested local derby, (a total of only 6 points have separated the sides over 3 fixtures in the last two seasons) it promises to be a great day. The pre-match lunches continue to be extremely popular this season and places are already filling up @ £20 per head. It is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, if you are interested in attending then please contact Club President Jim Tinsley.
09 Jan 15: Saracens one-day Rugby Camp at Maidstone Rugby
With the RFU implementing Shaping The Game for U7-U10 across all counties, Saracens brand new delivery structure will be in place throughout the 2014/2015 season!!
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.
SSE English Clubs Championship
London & South East Division 2 (SE)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 31st January 2015
Maidstone FC 1st XV v Medway RFC
Away, KO 2:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 31st January 2015
Mustangs (2nd) XV v Gravesend RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2:00pm
3rd XV No Fixture
Development XV - Medway RFC 4th XV, Away, KO 2:00pm
Barbarians XV - Gillingham Anchorians RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 2:00pm
Veterans XV - Calais Veterans, Home, KO 2:00pm
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
**IMPORTANT- Senior Squad Training Information, Tuesdays & Thurdays - IMPORTANT**
posted: December 14 2014
The training schedule for the remainder of December and into the New Year is as shown below:
All Tuesday training will be at the club as follows
NO TRAINING ON TUES 23RD DECEMBER
Training for Tues 30th Dec (prior to the cup fixture v Medway) will take place between 7:30-9:00pm on 3G at the YMCA, Melrose Close, Maidstone, ME15 6BD.
Senior squad (1st/2nd XV) training on Thursdays for the following dates (below) will take place at Swadelands School, Lenham (ME17 2LL) on 3G. Physio will also be available at the venue.
Thurs 18th Dec - 8:30-9:30pm
Thurs 8th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm
Thurs 15th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm
Thurs 22nd Jan - 8:30-9:30pm
Thurs 29th Jan - 8:30-9:30pm
Thurs 5th Feb - 8:30-9:30pm
All players are reminded that clean footwear is required and they should take trainers or moulded soles as a back up to normal rugby boots.
The upper tier training area under the new floodlights remains available on Thursday evenings for Veterans/5th XV training.
Club End of Season Tour
posted: October 24 2014
Club Captain Ben Williams is organising a toyr to Gloucester at the end of the current season, the tour is open to all senior players (Over 18) and non players alike. Ben currently has a rough idea of outline costs and times but with a better idea of the numbers interested a more precise cost can be worked out. If you want to tour, there is a list behind the bar to put your name on. This is you committing to coming and a £30 deposit will be required by 15th November.
Venue - Gloucester...
Dates - Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May 2015
Opposition - Gordon League RFC
Cost - depending on numbers £80-£150 for coach travel, accommodation and breakfast.
Friday: 9:00 am depart Maidstone (from club)
Arrive in Gloucester approx 12-1pm
Activity, open to suggestions but I can organise Bubble Football (google it!)
Out in Cheltenham Friday night
Saturday: Arrive at club for an early KO about 2pm
Enjoy the hospitality of the club and head into Gloucester
Sunday: Depart Gloucester about 10-12
Arrive back in Maidstone 2-4pm
Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 13th Jan))
posted: July 29 2014
The home league fixture remaining available for matchball sponsorship is the last fixture of the season v Crowborough. plus any home fixtures the cup competitions may throw up. If any club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.
11 Apr v Crowborough
Perimeter Advertising - Pitchside Boards: Limited vacancies remaining.
posted: September 12 2014
There are still a few places available for pitchside boards, could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.
If your company are or may be interested the please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.
Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 24 2014
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.
**IMPORTANT** MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS **IMPORTANT**
posted: September 04 2014
Stipulations to Membership from 01 September 2014:
• Members owing subs from 2014/15 have until 30th September to sign up for DD or pay for the coming season in full – if not they will owe for the previous season + the coming season before they can play again.
• Existing players must have a DD in place or paid in full before taking part in any pre-season training.
• New players joining can attend pre-season training but must have signed up to the DD or paid in full prior to first match.
• New players joining during the season must sign up before their second match.
• We acknowledge that particularly in the lower sides that on occasion non-member players may to be drafted in at late notice on an ad hoc basis. In doing so, they will be subject to a match tax of £10. Those fitting this category will be allowed to play on 3 occasions by which point, full membership will be required to be considered for further selection.
• Failure to meet any of the requirements will render a player unavailable for selection until any accrued debts are paid.
• If you are not a member, then you will forfeit all membership rights including Club representation, use of club house facilities, access to physiotherapy services provided and entitlement to apply for international tickets.
In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is dependent on your eligibility as a paid up member of the club. The bottom line is that, to have a say in the way in which the club is run you have to actually be a current member.
1st XV Kit Order Forms
posted: August 24 2014
1st XV kit order forms for non playing kit can now be downloaded from here for submission either direct to Kevin Bailey or via the 1st XV Coaching & Management Staff (according to the instructions issued). Click here to download the form for completion and submission as appropriate.