- 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.
26 Nov 15: Pre-Match Xmas Lunch, Sat 12th Dec v Guildford
Saturday 12th December sees not only the last of the home 1st XV fixtures for 2015 in this campaign, but also the fourth of club’s the Pre-match Lunches this season.
Apart from entertaining guests from our opposition for the day we will also be adding some festive cheer to the occasion as we enter the traditional Christmas holiday period. These occasions are great social occasions and part of what grassroots community rugby is all about and last season's was a great event, so demand is expected to be high with places allocated on a first come first served basis @ £25 per head, So why not get into the Christmas spirit and come along for the last home game of the year, if you are interested in attending then please contact Club President Jim Tinsley.(click here)
22 Nov 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: No changes at the top as Hartpury were convincing 0-45 winners at struggling Wharfedale whilst Richmond were 10-46 winners at Ampthill. Blackheath move back into third spot after they beat Plymouth 34-3 with Esher slipping to fourth following a 14-8 loss at Blaydon. At the bottom Cinderford went down 13-38 at the hands of Coventry and remain rooted to the bottom whilst Henley drop into the bottom three following an 18-23 loss to Fylde, combined with Blaydon’s win. Loughborough St posted a useful 10-32 win at Rosslyn Pk as did DMP with a 43-11 win against Hull Ionians.
National 2(S): The top of the table shuffles round again as O Albanians take over top spot after they beat Taunton 35-24, whilst Cambridge sit level on points after their 62-15 hammering of Barnes. Bishops Stortford stay in touch after they beat Elthamians 26-19 although Clifton slipped to a 31-17 loss at struggling Chinnor. At the bottom end of the table there was also a reshuffle; for Canterbury, a 16-28 win at Dorking ends their losing streak and moves them up the table a couple of places. At the foot of the table Launceston narrowly lost out 29-26 at BSE whilst Redingensians were 12-37 winners at Southend with Worthing dropping into the bottom three after a 24-16 defeat to Redruth.
National 3(SE): The top two stretched their advantage at the head of the division as Ldn Irish WG beat third placed Westcombe Pk 28-14 with second club TJs inflicting a heavy 3-49 defeat on a Gravesend outfit that sit three off the bottom. Both Shelford and East Grinstead remain alongside Combe in the chasing pack, both running out winners against Colchester (14-26) and Chichester (17-26) respectively. At the foot of the table the bottom two clubs locked horns, with Westcliff picking up a useful 29-35 win at Eton Manor. In mid-table Guernsey beat Hertford 29-23 whilst Wimbledon were comfortable 57-13 winners against Bracknell.
London 1 (S): No change at the top as the leading contenders all won, with leaders S&E 20-3 winners at struggling Dover, Guildford were 38-5 winners against Charlton Pk and Medway move up a place into third following a 36-5 win against G&F. Sidcup slip to fourth despite a 20-22 win at Havant with Chobham in fifth after they beat Chiswick 43-10. At the foot of the division Twickenham prop up the table from Dover after they lost 0-30 to visiting Tottonians whilst in mid-table Brighton beat Maidstone 33-22.
London 2 (SE): At the top of the table T Wells edge ahead of Sevenoaks following a 51-0 thrashing of Thanet, whilst Oaks ground out a 6-15 win at Beckenham with Horsham staying third despite their match at Crowborough being postponed. D&B are fourth after a 24-0 win over bottom club Ashford. In the mid-table battles Colfes lost out 15-30 at home to Dartfordians whilst O Alleynians beat Hove 33-10.
London 3 (SE): Aylesford lost their unbeaten record at the top of the table as they went down 16-15 at Cranbrook, although second placed Bromley were unable to capitalise as they lost out 29-19 to a Pulborough side now in fourth spot. H&W took the opportunity to close the gap on the top two with a 0-19 win at local rivals and bottom club Uckfield. Elsewhere at the bottom end of the division Anchorians lost out 26-11 at Burgess Hill, whilst Dunstonians currently occupy the last of the relegation places following a 12-21 home loss to Park Hse . In the last of the fixtures a 12-37 win for Folkestone at Eastbourne moves them up into fifth place.
Kent 1: A big 3-41 win for unbeaten Sheppey at Vigo keeps them six points clear at the head of the table, with Beccs in second spot after they beat struggling OGs 24-34. O Wills are only a point behind them after they posted a handy 36-5 win against visiting Kings Coll with H&B fourth following an 11-0 win over Brockleians, although there is an 8-point gap between third and fourth in the table. At the bottom, basement club NAG are still looking for their first win following a 48-12 mauling by HSBC whilst in mid-table Lordswood narrowly came out on top (24-22) against visiting Southwark.
Kent 2: Sittingbourne continue to set the pace after a 31-7 win over second placed Orpington, with Snowdown slipping to fourth place after a 9-5 defeat at Bexley. Greenwich take over third place following their 27-5 win at bottom club Edenbridge. In the remaining fixtures Dartford Valley posted a useful win, beating Shooters 5-17 whilst Askean were 33-17 victors against Whitstable, the last of the fixtures saw Faversham concede a HWO to Foots Cray.
14 Nov 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: All is still tight at the top of the table with 37-10 win against Ampthill meaning Hartpury stay at the top of the table after Blackheath slipped up against old rivals Richmond 23-20 and drop down to fourth with Richmond now second. Third placed Esher also failed capitalise as they lost 13-20 to Rosslyn Pk who sit in fifth place. At the foot of the table Blaydon and Cinderford remain locked together with Cinderford going down to a heavy 45-7 defeat at Fylde, whilst Blaydon were beaten 38-0 at Coventry. Wharfedale are only a point clear of them after they also went down heavily, with a 30-8 defeat at Loughborough St. In mid-table DMP were 15-25 winners at Plymouth Albion, with Hull Ionians beating Henley 32-5.
National 2(S): The slump continues for Canterbury as they fell to a 19-23 defeat to second placed O Albanians and now look in danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle. Elthamians were held to a 14-14 draw against third placed Cambridge, but still look in a position to mount a promotion bid as the season develops, they currently sit 11 points behind the leaders. Taunton continue to head the table after they beat Redruth 19-16 whilst in the battle between the two clubs just above OEs, the honours went with the home side as Clifton edged out Bishops Stortford 201-7. At the bottom, of the three clubs below Canterbury only Chinnor failed to pick up points as they lost out 23-15 at Worthing, whilst bottom club Redingensians picked up a losing bonus point in their tight 19-20 loss at the hands of Dorking. Bottom side Launceston picked up the best result of the bottom three with a 17-17 draw with visiting Southend. Finally in the mid-table battle Barnes lost out 18-21 to BSE.
National 3(SE): Ldn Irish WG stay top and stretched their lead despite being held to a 16-16 draw by visiting East Grinstead. Second placed TJs were unable to capitalise as they fell to their second defeat this season with a 16-11 reversal at Hertford, with third placed Westcombe Pk narrowing the gap after they beat Colchester 18-3. At the bottom end of the table, winless Eton Manor remain anchored to the foot of the division following an 18-3 loss at Bracknell, with Westcliff just above them despite an 18-10 win over Chichester. Gravesend lost 39-5 at the hands of Wimbledon and drop to third from bottom, although by no means adrift of the mid-table pack. In the remaining fixture Shelford were 27-25 winners over Guernsey.
London 1 (S): No change at the top of the table; although in the clash between the top two the honours went to the league leaders as S&E just pipped second placed Guildford 15-17. Sidcup remain in third spot despite losing 23-26 to visiting Brighton, with Medway closing the gap in fourth after they beat Tottonians 10-18. Chobham recovered from last week’s defeat to beat Charlton Pk 3-24 to remain in fifth. At the foot of the table Dover and Twickenham occupy the bottom two places, with basement side Dover going down to a narrow 13-10 defeat at G&F whilst Twickenham fell to a 23-10 loss at Maidstone. In the last of the fixtures Chiswick picked up useful points as they beat Havant 14-13.
London 2 (SE): With a third of the season played Sevenoaks and T Wells sit one & two in the table and level on points, with Oaks solid 27-0 winners against D&B who slip to fifth spot, and T Wells 5-17 winners at Dartfordians. Third placed Horsham remain in the reckoning, but were pushed hard for their 7-22 win at bottom club Ashford, whilst Thanet who came up with Ashford two seasons ago are also struggling as they sit in the other relegation spot following their 25-3 loss at O Alleynians. A bonus point defeat at 12-8 defeat for Beckenham at Hove was still enough to move them into fourth place whilst a 29-10 win for Colfes saw them leapfrog their opposition Crowborough and move clear of immediate danger at the bottom end of the ladder.
London 3 (SE): Aylesford head the table by two points after they ground oput a 15-5 win against Dunstonians, with Bromley closing the gap in second thanks to a bonus point 31-7 result against Eastbourne. A good 22-3 win for H&W over Pulborough keeps them in contention in third spot. At the foot of the table a number of the strugglers were in action against each other; the encounter between Burgess Hill and Uckfield went the way of visiting Hill by 7-12 and moves them above fellow strugglers Anchorians who lost out 10-6 at Park Hse with the results leaving Uckfield and Anchorians propping up the table. The last of the fixtures saw Folkestone beat Cranbrook in a tight 17-16 scoreline to climb above the Wealden club.
Kent 1: Sheppey continue to record big wins as they put 65 unanswered points past struggling OGs and now sit 6 points clear of second placed Beccs who beat Lordswood 13-5. O Wills slip to third after being held to a 10-10 draw at fourth placed Vigo, with H&B in fifth spot following their 13-22 win at Southwark. Despite their best efforts bottom club NAG remain both winless and pointless after an 8-17 defeat that just saw them miss out on a losing bonus point. Third from bottom Brockleians are not far clear of the drop zone after they lost a 3-6 arm wrestle with HSBC
Kent 2: The top two remain undefeated after leaders Sittingbourne were 3-12 winners at Edenbridge, whilst Orpington posted a more convincing 44-14 result against third placed Snowdown. A 10-17 wi for Greenwich over Faversham sees them in fourth spot but level on points with the colliery club. At the bottom points deductions see Edenbridge in overdraught territory below Shooters Hill who lost 5-6 to Bexley, with Dartford Valley moving above them after a 24-17 win against Askean. The last of the matches saw Whitstable 10-0 winners against visiting Foots Cray
12 Nov 15: Club Launches the Maidstone Business Club
Thursday 12th November saw Maidstone Rugby launch a new venture with the inaugural meeting of the new Maidstone Business Club. With a number of representatives from businesses in Maidstone and the surrounding area, the event was a great success with local MP Helen Grant also attending to chat to a wide range of people from the business community.
With the foundations now laid, the aim of the club is to facilitate bi-monthly lunch meetings where the decision-makers, influencers and successful business people from the area can meet, enjoy lunch and discuss life, politics, sport, business etc. Relationships are built and as a result business takes place between members and other introductions are made to many more who can help.
If you’ve got an appetite for business then Maidstone Business Club is the ideal regular networking event for you. Many successful business people contend business networking is a more cost-effective method of generating new business than advertising or public relations efforts. This is because business networking is a low-cost activity that involves more personal commitment than company money
So why not join us for a delicious two course lunch, an occasional speaker and finish the day off in the pleasant and relaxing surroundings of the Bearsted Golf Club.
12 Nov 15: Referee Courses available
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
10 Sep 15: THE 500 CLUB
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.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 28th November
Maidstone FC v Havant RFC
Home KO: 2:00pm
NB: KO time brought forward to 2:00pm to ensure sufficient daylight
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 28th November
Mustangs XV v tba
Development XV v Medway RFC 5th XV, Home KO 2:30pm (League)
Barbarians XV v Whitstable RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm (League)
Veterans XV v Gravesend RFC Moles XV, Away, cancelled
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
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.