- 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.
- 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.
25 Aug 16: Road Works Road Closure, Willow Way 30 Aug - 03 Sept
Willow Way between the entrance to Mote Pk and the mini roundabouts at the Leisure Centre will be closed whilst road repairs are carried out during the period Tues 30 Aug - Sat 03 Sept. Road work crews will allow access to The Mote and also to residents on the affected stretch of Willow Way during this period, although this will be at times be dependant on where specific works are taking place.
The work may not take the full 4-5 day period depending on the progress of the work crew and the weather conditions.
Players should be aware of this when attending training on Tues 30 Aug and Thurs 01 Sept as well as on Sat 03 Sept. We ask that you plan sufficient time for your journey to the club and please exercise patience with the road repair crews who are doing all they can to reduce disruption and maintain access to Willow Way for those requiring it.
The club has informed Kent Highways of the timings for senior training on Tues & Thurs, as well as alerting them to the league fixture v Tunbridge Wells on Sat 03 Sept.
Your consideration is appreciated.
17 Aug 16: Assistance Required - Scoreboard and Programme Sales.
During the early weeks of the season the club's usual scoreboard operator and more importantly Programme Seller will be unavailable and the club is looking for a volunteers (or volunteers) to fill the role on a temporary basis until Francis returns.
Assistance is always welcome for these small but important match day roles, so if you also wish to help out on a more regular basis, then your assistance would be most welcome.
Anyone interested in helping the club in fill these roles should contact Carol McKenzie, the club's Volunteer Coordinator or Club Chairman Shaun Neaves in the first instance.
17 Aug 16: Situations Vacant - Match Programme Coordinator
Match Programme Coordinator: The success of the club in being able to generate sponsorship & advertising sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Officers role has become greater than can be fulfilled by one person. Therefore in an effort to spread the workload the club is looking for a volunteer to take on the responsibility for the coordinating of the match programme for home league and cup 1st XV fixtures throughout the season. This is an enduring role throughout the season and requires liaison with the Sponsorship Officer during the closed season in respect of advertising content, and then arranging the the changing content for each edition.
Martin Arnold has fulfilled the role of assembling the matchday insert for the last 5-6 years and with a growing familly now needs to take a step back from this commitment, although will provide assistance to ensure a smooth handover in the early part of this role. The task is not unduly time consuming and requires some commitment to the initial formatting of the programme and an hour or so preparation for each edition. A knowledge of desktop publishing is not required, but an interest in writing would be beneficial but is not essential as this is primarily a coordinating role. If you are interested in being part of the Sponsorship & Advertising Team and assisting in this rewarding role, please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance.
13 Aug 16: Situations Vacant - Ground Chairman
The club is looking for a violunteer to take on the role of Ground Chairman.
The key responsibility of the role is to manage the maintenance club grounds/facilities throughout the year to ensure that matches can take place. To ensure that the rules and regulations regarding club pitches are respected and observed.
this is not intended to be a groundsman role although the ability to provide hands on assistance is beneficial, the role is primarily seen as recruiting & managing volunteers, and providing direction to the club on the requirements in terms of pitch & facility management and reparations as required.
For a full description of the role click here, members interested in volunteering for the role and making a direct contribution to the success of the club should contact Hon Sec Craig Tuffrey ivia the website Contacts page in the first instance.
17 Aug 16: Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
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. 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 closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; 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 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.
12 Jul 16: Sponsorship News
The club is pleased to announce that during the closed season the club’s sponsorship campaign continues to progress, although work on the 2016-17 season started midway through the last season. Unfortunately, circumstances have meant that Pankhurst Contracting LLP have been forced to step aside as one of the club’s Primary Sponsors and we also say farewell to KH Engineering Svcs after a long association with the club, a lot of which was behind the scenes and on a purely altruistic basis. To both, we wish them every success in the future and are grateful for the support they have demonstrated to the club.
Hospitality Finder have reaffirmed their support for the 2016-17 season and the club is particularly pleased to announce that Firmin have made a substantial increase to their level of support, which will be under the branding of the Firmin Recruit and Firmin Xpress arms of the business. Due to the timing this sponsorship doesn’t carry any additional exposure on the 1st XV shirts to that already carried but will see significant extra pitchside coverage. Finally, the region’s largest law firm Cripps Law have also raised their level of support as joint Primary Sponsors.
Long term club Official Sponsors Britelite, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Glosrose Group and Alltask have all renewed their support for the forthcoming 2016-2017 season, although Alltask’s support will be done via their sister company Hehku for next season. In addition, Linton Oil who were new sponsors for the 2015-16 campaign have also agreed to continue their support; additionally the club is pleased to welcome London based investment company Oakley Capital who have lent their support to the club as Official Sponsors with Club Sponsors from last season Sharpak Aylesham who have agreed to upgrade their level of support for the 2016-17 campaign. At Club Sponsor level Sibley Pares, FG Barnes, Ye Olde Thirsty Pig remain on board and are joined this season by Morlings Solicitors. Communication is currently ongoing with the other local and regional companies who have expressed an interest in supporting the club, in addition to work being conducted by Gemma who heads up the club's injury support team, in assembling some new partnerships to enhance the level of physiotherapy support provided by the club, whilst on the fitness front as part of the club’s preseason training regime Maidstone’s Topnotch Health Club have again agreed to maintain their significant 'Benefit in Kind' contradeal arrangement with the county town club.
The club has in recent seasons been looking for a partner for its coaching support programme in local schools and is particularly pleased to welcome Longfield based Bovis Homes, who have stepped forward as the club’s lead Community Partner.
Maidstone rugby have a variety of sponsorship package templates available to suit all budgets, if you or your company would like to generate a positive local or regional profile in being seen to support high quality community based grassroots sport, then we would love to hear from you.
12 Jul 16: Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
Shirt Number Sponsorship
All now Sold
Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures; the Kent Cup fixture v Dover or Blackheath is also available but the date for this is yet to be confirmed. If you or your company would be interested in being the matchball sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:
10th Sept v Dover (Sold)
24th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)
8th Oct v Gravesend (Sold)
29th Oct v CS Rugby
19th Nov v Chobham
3rd Dec v Brighton
7th Jan v Sevenoaks
21st Jan v Havant
11th Feb v Chiswick
4th Mar v Cobham
25thMar v Sidcup
8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham
23 May 16: New Players - Maidstone Rugby is Recruiting
Ambitious London 1 (S) club Maidstone Rugby are recruiting for the 2016-17 season and welcome all aspiring senior players, ambitious local players, or players moving to the area or the county town, regardless of level/ability. The club is always looking to strengthen the senior squad for the upcoming 1st XV league and cup campaigns as well as the Kent RFU Invicta and Junior league competitions.
If you are interested in joining a club that has a professional attitude on the pitch but is very sociable off it, then contact Head Coach Mike Hebden via the club website.
Maidstone Rugby is a traditional club with a friendly atmosphere. Located at “The Mote” on the edge of Mote Park close to Maidstone town-centre and its vibrant nightlife. The club runs 4 senior sides every weekend, with the 1st XV playing their rugby in London Division 1 (South) within the English Clubs Championship. In addition they have been the London & SE Division, RFU Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup Champions in three of the last four seasons, reaching the National semi-finals of the Senior Vase competition in 2012 & 2013 and winning the national final of the Intermediate Cup at Twickenham in 2015.
The club has a well-established coaching structure, as well as full physiotherapy and sports science support. Additionally the club has access to broad range of 'state of the art' fitness training facilities through one of the sponsors (Topnotch Health Clubs).
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Pre Season Fixtures
Saturday 27th August v Beckenham RFC (Ldn 2SE), Away, KO: tbc
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Autumn International Tickets
posted: May 31 2016
In addition to matches v S Africa and Australia in November and December, there are two other Autumn internationals for which we the club is not constrained to a fixed ticket allocation and for which you might wish to apply for tickets, plus an additional fixture which sees Argentina play Australia as part of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations) competition. Dates and pricing details are as follows:
08 Oct: Australia v Argentina KO tbc, Ticket Prices £80, £60, £40 (£20 in all three categories)
19 Nov: England v Fiji KO 14:30, Ticket Prices £50, £35, £25 (£15 in all three categories)
26 Nov: England v Argentina KO 14:30 Ticket Prices £78, £70, £63, £55, £48, £37 (£20 in all categories) Note: This match is followed at 17:05hrs by England Ladies v Canada Ladies for which your match ticket will allow you to watch.
NB: Juniors prices in brackets
If you are interested, could you please contact Steve Vincent with your ticket requirements (and in what price categories) so the club can submit bids accordingly. The closing date for bids is in mid-August, although given that it is the holiday period it is requested that your bids are submitted to Steve by mid-July at the latest.
NB: Please note that you can bid for tickets for the fixtures against S Africa and Australia, and an announcement will be published on the website for that process in due course.
THE 500 CLUB
posted: June 15 2016
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: June 15 2016
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.