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  • Matchball Sponsorship: Opportunities for the 2017-18 season 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.

22 Aug 17: Perimeter Board Sponsors: Almost There!! (Update)

As we sit almost all of the125 perimeter board spaces have been filled but there are still a couple of places available for the 2017-18 season on the internal perimeter before we start to occupy the external perimeter along the touchlines to create the capacity for more boards as necessary, ideally we need 5 or 6 to start with. 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 then please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.

10 Aug 17: Law Changes for the 2017/18 Season

The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials.

The amendments, which have been tried in specific international competitions this year, relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), and are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee, as well as further protecting player welfare.

The six law amendments will debut in full from 1 August 2017 in the northern hemisphere, and from 1 January 2018 in the southern hemisphere, are as follows...

Throwing the ball into the scrum
Law 20.5 & 20.5 (d) 5

No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight, but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.

Rationale: To promote scrum stability, a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team throwing in.

Handling in the scrum – exception
Law 20.9 (b)

The number eight shall be allowed to pick the ball from the feet of the second-rows.
Rationale: To promote continuity.

Striking after the throw-in
Law 20

Once the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front-row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball.
Rationale: To promote a fair contest for possession.
Sanction: Free-kick

Tackle
Law 15.4 (c)

The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their own side of the tackle “gate”.
Rationale: To make the tackle/ruck simpler for players and referees and more consistent with the rest of that law.

Ruck
Law 16

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. Players on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives, no hands can be used.
Rationale: To make the ruck simpler for players and referees.

Other ruck offences
Law 16.4
A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion.
Rationale: To promote player welfare and to make it consistent with scrum law.
Sanction: Penalty

 

05 Aug 17: Volunteers Required - Ground

Those who attended the AGM will have seen the section on Volunteering in the Annual Report, in addition a piece about the need for volunteers was also included in the latest circulation of the club newsletter.

The club is looking for volunteers to commit to a few hours a week on a regular basis to assist with ground & pitch maintenance.  We already have a small pool of committed volunteers, but need others to step forward to cover absences and unavailability; this is not a lifetime  or life changing commitment, just a request for people to step forward and give some time.

You don’t need to be horticulturally minded, just demonstrate a willingness to help; and for those of you who’ve never driven a ride-on mower, tractor, or connected a 3-point linkage then full instruction can be given.  It’s not that onerous and in many ways is a pleasant way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening on a sunny day.

If you feel you can help in this area then please contact a member of the committee, please don’t leave everything to the committed few.

24 Jul 17: Club Physio assists England Rugby as club launches Physiotherapy Partnership scheme.

Maidstone Rugby’s Lead Physiotherapist Gemma has been involved with the England Women's Rugby training camps in the lead up to the World Cup in Ireland in August. 

In April she covered the Basingstoke abc training camp with the forwards, and from there has assisted the Head and Senior Physio at various locations around the UK. She has also been a pitch side physio for England Development 7s at Bisham Abbey and at 7s in the city. 

Gemma says: "It's been an amazing opportunity and in my pursuit of continuing to learn and develop to provide the best possible care, it has been an invaluable experience and one that I'm very grateful for". 

"I'm starting a private practice in February to allow me to have the flexibility to do sports physiotherapy. In the meantime, I have just accepted a six month contract with BMI Somerfield Hospital in Maidstone, who have been very understanding regarding my sports commitments. I'm excited to join the team there who are experienced, enthusiastic and have great rehabilitation equipment, including an alter-g treadmill". 

"It's exciting to be involved in the England Rugby set up and hopefully I can bring what I've learnt back to the club at Maidstone. The club are also looking for Physiotherapy Partners this season (click here for information) to help spread the cost of kit and equipment and further improve our injury management protocols. Any help from local businesses, particularly those in the medical field would be greatly appreciated!" 

NB: initial response from local medically related businesses has been good with three commited to helping support grassroots sport already

07 Jun 17: Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities, 2017-18 Season

Matchball Sponsorship

Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures, Kent Cup fixtures once they have been announced will also available for any home fixture.  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:

2nd Sept v O Colfeians (Sold)

16th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)

30th Sept v CS Rugby (Sold)

21st Oct v Gravesend

4th Nov v Chobham

25th Nov v Brighton

9th Dec v Medway

16th Dec v Sevenoaks

13th Jan v Havant

17th Feb v Thurrock

10th Mar v Ldn Cornish

7th Apr v Chichester

 

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Notices

Maidstone Rugby are Recruiting (updated)
posted: May 19 2017

MAIDSTONE RUGBY ARE RECRUITING FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON

Ambitious London 1 (S) club Maidstone Rugby are recruiting for the 2017-18 season and welcome all aspiring senior players to the county town, ambitious local players, or players moving to the area. Current players and coaches. Please pass this on to any of your mates/contacts who may be interested in playing at Maidstone next season, regardless of level/ability.The club is looking to strengthen the senior squad for the upcoming 1st XV league and cup campaigns as well as the Kent 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 please contact Head Coach, Mike Hebden (click here)

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 in which they were eligible to enter, 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).

The club's 1st XV currently play in London Division 1 (South).

Currently the club runs 4 Senior sides and caters for players of all standards.  If you are a player looking to test yourself at a higher level in competitive rugby, or even just interested in club rugby in a more social and corinthian environment, then you are just the player we are looking for and we will have a team in which you can flourish.

 

 



Kent Referees Group
posted: July 09 2017

As indicated in May’s/June’s information leaflet, Kent County RFU is launching a new initiative called ‘Kent Referees Group’, focused solely at Club Referees.

Aims and Ambitions

The Kent Referees Group aims to make sure that all senior matches and as many other games as possible from U13 upwards are refereed by accredited referees to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for players.  The ambition extends to providing referees for Kent U10-U12 festivals. Referee cover may also become possible for other club mini/midi festivals.

The accreditation process has been designed to make sure that all Club Referees are competent. Each Club’s Community Referee Co-ordinator (CRefC) will be responsible for ensuring that all referees within his or her Club receive support and further training if required.  The Kent Referees Group will work in partnership with the RFU Training Team and KSRUFR to give all accredited referees an identity within the Kent Rugby community and to support and provide them with training and development opportunities. To this end, all accredited referees will be provided with a Kent Referees Group referee shirt at the first training session planned for November.

Next steps

The success of the Kent Referees Group will depend to a large extent on the active involvement of each CRefC to communicate these aims within the Club community and to be responsible for accreditation of Club referees.  With this in mind, we encourage all CRefCs to come along to one of our information evenings on the below dates in September.

Monday 4th September – 7.30pm at Westcombe Park RFC
Monday 11th September – 7.30pm at Aylesford Bulls RFC
Monday 18th September – 7.30pm at Canterbury RFC

All attendees will receive a Kent Referees Group Polo shirt and food will be provided on the evening.

To register your place please email KentRugbyOffice@theRFU.com before the end of July with your name, club, role, date attending and size of shirt.

Any questions please get in touch with Kent Coaching & Refereeing Chair Dan Phimister: danphimy@gmail.com 

 



Killik Cup: Barbarians v New Zealand, Sat 4th Nov
posted: June 06 2017

The club has been advised by the RFU that all tickets for the Killik Cup fixture: Barbarians v New Zealand on Saturday 4th November are being processed directly with Ticketmaster.  If members would like to book tickets for this event please do so through Ticketmaster via the link below:

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/3500528B8DAF120A

For groups bookings of 9+ please call Ticketmaster groups line on 0844 844 2121.

Parking for this event will be available in the Rosebine Avenue car park and should be booked through www.englandrugby.com/tickets



Old Mutual Wealth, Autumn International Tickets
posted: June 02 2017

In addition to the match v Australia in November, there are two other Autumn internationals for which we the club is currently not constrained to the usual fixed ticket allocation and for which you might wish to apply for tickets.  Dates and pricing details are as follows:

Sat 11th Nov: England v Argentina, KO 14:30, Ticket Prices £90, £78, £65, £55 and £35 with Junior tickets (u16) being £20

Sat 25th Nov: England v Samoa, KO 14:30 Ticket Prices £60, £40 and £30 with u16 at £15.

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.

‚ÄčNB: Please note that you can bid also for tickets for the fixture against Australia on Saturday 18th November; Allocation of tickets across all price brackets (£41 - £104) will be through the normal ballot process.



Club Trade Directory
posted: June 06 2017

For a number of season’s the club has operated a Trade Directory page on the website and will continue to do so.  The aim of the directory is to provide a useful source for club members of professional and trades people within, or connected to the club.  After all, most of the time we all put greater trust in those that we know, rather than complete strangers.  In broad terms the directory is primarily a service for small businesses and the self-employed, although larger businesses won’t be excluded should they express an interest.

Entries on the directory are free for club members or a nominal £25 fee for non-members. All you have to do is provide the content in terms of text, any photos and your logo.  For further details please go to the Trade Directory page, you can also view current entries which will also provide a helpful template for the type of information to provide.

In addition, could those members who currently have entries in the directory please check as to whether they need updating and provide updated information as required.



Volunteers Required
posted: June 06 2017

As soon as the infrastructure is in place entry to all 1st XV matches will be by programme at a charge of £3 ea. A structure is due to be contructed at the metal gate that allows access up to the pitch area and the club is looking for a team of volunteers to man the entrance to conduct programme sales during then period prior to KO; it is anticipated that this will be for no longer than 1-1.5hrs.  Obviously this is much less of an onerous task if shared between a group of people doing half an hour each.

If you are prepared to give some time on match days to help share the burden then please contact a member of the committee.

 

 



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2017

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!!

 



Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: June 06 2017

 

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.





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2017-18 London Division 1 South 
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 Brighton    
2 Chichester    
3 Chobham    
4 Cobham    
5 CS Rugby    
6 Gravesend    
7 Havant    
8 Ldn Cornish    
9 Maidstone    
10 Medway    
11 O Colfeians    
12 Sevenoaks    
13 Thurrock    
14 Tottonians    

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