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- SITUATIONS VACANT: Please see the Club Volunteer page for information on positions vacant within the club.
31 Jul 15: Sad News: David Hole
The club is sad to report that club member David Hole passed away on Monday 27th June from complications following back surgery.
Dave played his rugby for the club during the 1960’s before travelling around the world through his work in the hotel industry. He was a larger than life, cheerful and friendly character, remembered as much for his off pitch activities, although he was proud to have been the club’s first, and as yet only dual international, having played international representative rugby for both Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
The club send their condolences to Dave’s wife Vicki and son Edward.
There will be a private funeral, but details of a memorial service will be announced in due course.
30 Jul 15: 2015-16 Late Red Veterans Trophy
The draw for the pool fixtures for the 2015-16 Late Red Veterans Trophy Cup & Bowl competitions has now been published. This season sees much the same entry in the Cup competition with Ashford replacing deal & Betteshanger in the eaastern Pool. In the Bowl competition Gillingha, anchorians come in to replace Leigh RFC.
The full programme of fixtures, which start significantly earlier in the season this time around, can be found on the late red Veterans Trophy page of the website (click here) or via the Kent RFU website competitions page.
30 Jul 15: 2015-16 Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship
Almost all of the Shirt Nos for the coming season have been taken, with only Nos 16 & 17 remaining.
However, Matchball Sponsorship opportunities remain available for all of next season's home league fixtures plus also the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup home fixture v Tonbridge Juddians on 17th Oct. The cost is £50; if you or your company would be interested in being a Shirt No Sponsor for the two remaing shirts, or Matchball Sponsor for one of these 14 home fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:
12th Sept v Chiswick
3rd Oct v Tottonians
17th Oct v Tonbridge Juddians (Kent Cup)
24th Oct v Dover
14th Nov v Twickenham
28th Nov v Havant
12th Dec v Guildford
9th Jan v Sidcup
16th Jan v Sutton & Epsom
30th Jan v Gosport & Fareham
20th Feb v Medway
19th Mar v Brighton
9th Apr v Chobham
23rd Apr v Charlton Park
27 Jul 15: O2 Touch at Allianz Park
Sunday 26th July saw two teams from Maidstone attend the O2 Touch Rugby Tournament at Saracens Allianz Park.. Despite the weather having an impact and it not perhaps being the best conditions, both teams that entered had a brilliant time. Team 1 just missed out getting through to the semi finals.
Other than the rugby, there was the opportunity to hear Emily Scarrett, Jason Robinson and Johnny Wilkinson speak and have a Q&A session. Jason was a big hit with the squad, and even asked a certain player to show him some footwork skills- to which he replied (to the world cup winning player) with "you couldn't handle it!". I think perhaps he was a bit starstruck. There were only two minor injuries, but tears were shed over two lost iphones.
Apart from the rugby there was plenty to occupy the teams, with a goal kicking tent, interactive challenges and commentary from Vernon Kay.
The O2 Touch Tour has something for everyone- it is a minimal contact sport that can be played by both men and women of all abilities. Numbers at tthe club's Touch sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays have fantastic this year and it would be great to see even more people next year!
Particular thanks to Alex Clark for organising all the Touch Rugby sessions and the tournament entry.
24 Jul 15: Pre Season Shop Sale (Updated - New Item Added)
Over the coming weeks a numbers of items will be offered for sale at reduced clearance prices :
The first of which are :
A) - Track Suit Trs - Blue tracksuit bottoms with full length leg zips @ special offer price of £20/pair - normally £27.50 - see shop details on the web site for image.
PLEASE NOTE :For the coming season (!5/16) the tracksuit bottoms will be black and all match day squad members of the 1st XV will be expected to wear these (not blue)
The quantities and sizes available are as follows :
Small (32" waist) - 3 pairs
Medium (34" waist) - 2 pairs
- Large (36" waist) - 1 pair
B) - Club T-shirts - Red & black with embroidered club badge and Maidstone Rugby across shoulders - sorry no image available - special offer price of £13 each
PLEASE NOTE :For the coming season (15/16) the T-shirts will be black (as last seasons) and all match day squad members of the 1st XV will be expected to wear these.
The quantities and sizes available are as follows :
Medium (42" chest) - 1
X-Large (46" chest) - 2
- XX-Large (48" chest) - 2
C) - Club vests - White & grey with 'Maidstone Rugby' logo (one with ball) across shoulder - sorry no image available - special offer price of £8 each
The quantities and sizes available are as follows :
Medium (42" chest) - 1
- Large (44" chest) - 1
- XX-Large (48" chest) - 2
D) Old Style Youth Shirts - On offer are a limited number of the old style junior shirts which are in a 'Pro-knit' material (which is heavier and totally different to the current shirt material). They will make good training or leisure shirts for all sections of the club
There are the following sizes and quantities available :
MB (34" chest) - 3 no - sale price £12.50 each
- LB (36" chest) - 1no - sale price £12.50
- XS (38" chest) - 4 no - sale price £15 each
- M (42" chest) - 4 no - sale price £15 each
- L (44" chest) - 1 no - sale price £15
- XL (46" chest) - 1no - sale price £15
Anybody wishing to purchase any of the garments listed please contact Kevin Bailey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Further offers will follow so keep watching the news for further details
23 Jul 15: Club's Sponsors BBQ a Success
A glorious Tuesday evening saw the club hold what has now become an annual event with a BBQ for its Sponsors and Advertisers at The Mote, with over 40 representatives from the club’s portfolio of sponsors and interested local businesses attending. The evening saw a review of last seasons unprecedented achievements, culminating in the formal presentation of a framed version of one of the club’s Twickenham cup final shirts for the clubhouse and was followed by an update by Head of Playing Sean Charlton, to the clubs sponsors of the ambitions and objectives for the 1st XV and the wider senior squad next season.
The event provided a valuable opportunity for the club to say thank you to its sponsors for their continuing support,. without whom we could not achieve what we do,.
27 Jun 15: Shop News: New Leisure / Warm-Up Top for the 2015-16 Season
To expand our product range below are the details of the new club top for the 2015/16 season
The top is at a minimum shower-proof and comes with a fleece collar and fleece inside the cuffs, soft mesh internal lining, front pouch pocket and the underarm panels are in 'knitted ribbon'
The top will be available to all sections of the club, in all sizes, (see sizing chart link on the club shop page) as it is a 'bespoke' item being manufactured for ourselves. The initial delivery will be in the region of 8 weeks time
The anticipated cost will be £40 for adult sizes up to 2XL, £43 for 3XL +, and £33.50 for junior (up to Large Boys as these are zero rated for VAT) - cost includes all embroidery etc as shown on the presentation.
ANYBODY WISHING TO RESERVE A TOP PLEASE CONTACT KEVIN BAILEY ; email@example.com ASAP SO THAT THE INITIAL ORDER CAN BE PLACED TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED DEMAND.
If you have any queries please contact Kevin.
That's all for this season, see you all again in September when we look to do it all again
(or most of it).
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Draws announced for RFU Cup Competitions
posted: July 21 2015
Although Maidstone won’t be involved in the RFU Cup competitions this season, there are still a number of the county’s clubs that will be.
In the Intermediate Cup it is probably disappointing that only half of the clubs eligible within the region have entered. Of the Kent clubs involved in the first rounds, Colfes travel to face Hampshire based Andover whilst Thanet Wdrs come up against league rivals Crowborough. Dartfordians host Portsmouth, with Ashford travelling to face newly promoted Horsham. A number of clubs have byes into either the 2nd or 3rd rounds, amongst the seven clubs receiving a bye into the 2nd round are Tunbridge Wells, who have decided this season that they are interested in the possibility of a good cup run along with Beckenham who also have a bye. Sevenoaks probably thought they looked set for a busy season as they are probably one of the preseason league favourites in Ldn 2(SE) and are the only Kent club to have a bye into the 3rd round; this means they won’t actually play a cup fixture until the 6th February next year! They are joined by Maidstone’s regional semi-final adversaries from last season in Diss along with 6 other clubs.
The Senior Vase sees an even lower number of entries with only 22 clubs partaking for the Ldn & SE region. From Kent only three sides have entered and all have byes into the second round, Aylesford Bulls, Folkestone and defending champions Bromley will all take the field, but there is likely to be some strong competition as Junior Vase champions Battersea Ironsides, a resurgent Heathfield & W plus US Portsmouth who were promoted with a perfect record last season are all in the competition.
In the Junior Vase there are 50 entries with ten from Kent, the Preliminary round on 5th Sept sees two of the counties clubs pitted against each other as Edenbridge take on Dartford Valley with the winners drawn at O Wimbledonians in the next round, Foots Cray are at home against Croydon with the winners going on the face Sussex club Seaford, whilst Askean on the road to face Mitcham with the winners rewarded with a home tie against Southwark Lancers. The last of the county clubs in action on day one is Sittingbourne who travel to take on Reigate with the winners scheduled to face Kingston in the 1st Round. Joining them in the first round are Lordswood, who host O Cranleighians. Three of the Kent Div 1 clubs have byes into the 2nd Round, Beccehamians, Sheppey and also Hastings & Bexhill, who despite being Sussex based, ply their trade in Kent 1 after relegation from Ldn 3(SE) at the end of last season.
Full details of all the competition draws are available on the London RFU website (click here)
posted: May 22 2015
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!!
CLUB SHIRT ORDER FOR NEW SEASON 2015/16
posted: May 18 2015
Orders for new club playing shirts are now being arranged for delivery for the start of next season - the shirts are a 'Regular Fit' (NOT the skin tight playing version) but these still can be used for playing in or just leisurewear for supporters / parents etc
The shirts can be personalised and a graphic of the shirt will follow shortly to explain the alternatives available to the back of the shirt - essentially it can be manufactured with different printed options, including 'Maidstone Rugby', your name , a number, or any combination of these. PLEASE NOTE that the cost of the shirt is fully inclusive of all printing options.
The cost of the shirts (provisional - subject to confirmation) are £35.00 from baby up to large boys, £42.50 from XS up to 2XL and £47.50 for 3XL or bigger - please refer to the sizing chart on the Club shop webpage - to reiterate the shirts are regular fit not the tight 'competition version' used by the playing sides. Women's sizes are available as detailed on the sizing chart, BUT a minimum order of 10 shirts is required, so for any women's order could you please also provide an alternative mans sized shirt, just in case the minimum number is not achieved.
If anybody wants to place an order you need to get the details (size and personalisation requirements) to KEVIN BAILEY ASAP, preferably by e-mail, but strictly by no later than 19th June (no extension to the deadline is possible due to manufacturing lead times) - a minimum deposit will be required of £25 for child's shirts and £35 for adults, this to be paid via electronic transfer, bank details will be advised, or cheque (Regret - strictly no deposit no order, as these are bespoke orders).
If anybody has any queries please contact me direct - see contacts page on the website
posted: May 07 2015
All players should be aware that pich renovations are already underway on all 3 pitches, currently all pitches have been reseeded, with 80 tons of top dressing applied to the training pitch and 10 tons on each of the two other pitches. All players are to note that all 3 pitches are 'Out of Bounds' until further notice.
Activities such as O2 Touch and any training activities are requested to use the area at the far end of the lower pitch.
Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer
posted: May 15 2015
A change in work circumstances has meant that current Hon Treasurer Ben Court will have to stand down from his role as Hon Treasurer at Maidstone Rugby.
This is a critical role to ensure the sound running of the club; currently Ben is investigating how to break the role down into a series of clearly defined areas in order to best meet the club’s needs as it continues to progress. However, a copy of the role description for the Hon Treasurer as it is currently defined can be found on the club’s policy page (click here).
If any member of the club is interested in taking on this critical role, either in full, or in part, please contact either Ben or a member of the committee in the first instance.
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.