- Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 4 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: Only 3 opportunities stilll available for the home league fixtures, plus the Kent Cup fixture v Blackheath in November. 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.
23 Jan 17: RBS 6 Nations Tickets: England v Italy, 26 Feb 17
Due to unforeseen circumstances the club still has available 3 pairs of tickets for the England v italy RBS 6 Nations fixture on Sun 26th Feb, KO: 3:00pm.
Ticket values are as follows: 2x £70, 2x £63 and 2x £37 .
If any member is interested in obtaining tickets please contact Steve Vincent via the Intl Tickets or Contacts pages of the website.
23 Jan 17: Around the Grounds
Apologies for the delay in this week’s round up, no doubt you know what it’s like. The rugby gets postponed due to the weather and ‘er indoors’ then decides to take the opportunity to do other things. Whilst I’m all for an evening out, being dragged round shops on Saturday and Sunday hasn’t exactly been the high spot of my year so far!!
National 1: Leaders Hartpury extended their lead to 27 points after a 50-19 win against Coventry, with Ampthill in second spot after they beat Moseley 18-35 with Plymouth Albion third after their 13-18 win at O Albanians, and Blackheath move up to fourth following a narrow 31-29 win against struggling Hull Ionians. At the foot of the table the bottom two clashed with Blaydon coming out on top in a low scoring affair 7-15 at Macclesfield. The result sees the pair along, with Ionians looking favourites for the drop at this point. Fylde and Esher are by no means out of danger and the 42-29 result in the clash between the two brought welcome points for the Surrey club. The remaining matches saw DMP just lose out 19-20 at home to Rosslyn Pk, whilst Loughborough St were 42-27 winners against Cambridge.
National 2(S): With Leaders Bishops Stortford’s clash with Canterbury and Elthamians trip to Worthing both being postponed, Chinnor now top the table after a 16-10 win against Redingensians; Redruth also narrowed the gap in fourth after they just edged out bottom club Exmouth 33-32. In the other match affecting the relegation battle, Barnstaple lost out 24-22 at Cllifton, Ldn Irish WG edged clear of danger with a 36-24 win against BSE, whilst the clash between Henley and Barnes was postponed. In the mid-table clash Taunton lost out 20-27 at home to Cinderford.
Nationals 3(SE): All fixtures postponed due to frozen pitches
London 1(S): Only two fixtures survived the freeze and both had an impact on the bottom end of the table. Firstly, bottom club G&F picked their first win of the season with a 25-15 win over a Chiswick outfit that had beaten Brighton last week. The result doesn’t lift G&F off the foot of the table but narrows the gap to Brighton just above then as well as keeping Chiswick on the fringe of the danger area. In the other match Dover lost heavily (53-10) at Chobham and were unable to capitalise on Chiswick’s loss and like Brighton remain nine points from safety.
London 2 (SE): There were no fixtures scheduled in the division except the rearranged match between Crowborough and Hove which yet again fell foul of the weather.
London 3 (SE): Anchorians clash with Pulborough which was postponed from last week ended in a 24-38 win for the Sussex club which moved them back into second spot, although level on points with Lewes in third.
Kent 1: No scheduled fixtures
Kent 2: strange that Kent 1 should have no scheduled fixtures yet Kent 2 had a full programme with only the match between leaders OGs and Becxley falling to the weather. RBS, Whitstable and Foots Cray all closed the gap with Whitstable beating Dartford Valley 24-0, Footscray effectively ending any promotion aspirations still harboured by Lordswood with a 37-12 result. RBS stay in touch after they were 36-7 winners against Askean. In the two remaining fixtures Faversham received a HWO against struggling Shooters Hill, whilst Orpington were 7-24 winners at Greenwich.
15 Jan 17: Around the Grounds
National 1: Well it really is a one horse race at the top as a 31-57 win at Fylde gives them a 26-point lead over Ampthill who beat Loughborough St 25-3. Plymouth albion are third following a 29-7 defeat of Esher with Moseley slipping to fourth after their fixture at Blaydon was postponed. Blackheath slip to fifth after they were well beaten 39-3 at Coventry. At the bottom of the table Macclesfield’s trip to Hull Ionians fell foul of the weather, with both clubs needing a win to boost any hopes of survival to climb above Esher or Fylde. In mid-table Rosslyn Pk were 35-17 winners over O Albanians whilst Cambridge lost out 20-25 to visiting DMP
National 2(S): Bishops Stortford take over top spot from O Elthamians after they edged a tight 14-16 battle with each other with Chinnor in third after an equally tight 15-17 win over struggling Barnstaple. An 8-22 win for Taunton at BSE keeps them in fourth place, just above Redruth who were 14-28 winners at Redingensians. At the bottom end of the table Exmouth still prop up the table despite a 20-16 win over Henley, with Worthing just above them following a heavy 53-18 defeat at Cinderford, Barnstaple currently occupy the last relegation spot, but any club from five still sits in the danger area. In the remaining fixtures Canterbury’s recent good form came to an end with 25-42 loss to Clifton whilst Barnes beat Ldn Irish WG 26-26.
Nationals 3(SE): It remains ‘nip & tuck’ at the top with what looks now to be between leaders TJs and Wimbledon, with both posting good wins as TJs were 5-37 victors at bottom club A&C whilst Wimbledon beat Southend 50-17. Hertford are now 15-points off the pace in third spot after a 10-42 win at Guildford, with fourth placed Westcombe Pk’s encounter against Westclff falling foul of the frozen weather. At the bottom end of the table just above A&C, Colchester lost out 31-37 to S&E whilst Chichester were 18-13 winners over Dorking to close the gap to Southend. In reality both A&C and Colchester now look favourites for the drop with any one of possibly five clubs looking to avoid the third relegation place depending on how the weekly results shuffle. In the last of the fixtures Guernsey were 39-30 winners against Shelford.
London 1(S): There is now a distinct top two in the division, with leaders Sidcup winning 20-29 at CS Rugby who drop to sixth place, whilst Havant maintain second spot after denting third placed Tunbridge Wells’ challenge with a 24-18 win that now gives them gives them an 8-point buffer on the Kent club. Tottonians stay fourth after a 36-16 win over Maidstone, with Cobham moving up to fifth after they beat Chobham 43-17. At the bottom the relegation battle looks about cut dried for G&F who went down 66-8 at Gravesend, whilst Dover and brighton are looking lioke the other two candidates, after Dover lost out 5-25 at home to Sevenoaks and Brighton lost out 18-5 at fellow strugglers Chiswick, to give the London club a bit of breathing space from the drop zone
London 2 (SE): A 12-53 win at Horsham sees Medway march on at the head of the table with Colfes consolidating second spot after they beat struggling H&W 48-20 and third placed Dartfordians lost out by the odd point 16-17 at Beckenham. At the bottom it was no change with the two clubs in Crowborough and Bromley postponing their fixtures against Hove and Charlton Pk respectively due to frozen pitches. Above them D&B are still flirting with danger after they lost 45-19 at Alleynians.
London 3 (SE): Leaders Thanet Wdrs won 11-48 at Park Hse (odd that their pitches weren’t frozen, given they are quite literally on the other side of the road from Bromley) whilst wins for Lewes and Haywards Heath against the bottom two in Ashford (39-17) and Dunstonians (34-10) see them move into second and third place after Pulborough’s match at Anchorians was postponed. At the bottom end of the table Aylesford still occupy the last relegation place despite a 24-15 win over Eastbourne. In mid-table Sheppey lost out 22-27 at home to Folkestone.
Kent 1: leaders H&B were comfortable 34-3 winners over visiting Vigo whilst second placed O Wills were 17-10 winners against NAG, with Cranbrook beginning to lose ground after they were beaten 19-17 at Beccehamians. At the foot of the table bottom club Snowdown conceded to Brockleians and look favourites for the drop with NAG just above them along with Vigo Brockleians and also Sittingbourne who were beaten 24-17 at kings Coll. In the last of the fixtures HSBC beat Southwark 34-24.
Kent 2: Leaders O Gravesendians sat this week out, with Whitstable narrowing the gap after a 12-18 win at Orpington with Foots Cray in third after they ran up triple figures with a 7-100 rout of Shooters Hill. RBS slip to fourth as a result of their fixture at Lordswood being postponed. At the bottom Erith lost out 26-19 at Askean whilst Bexley beat Greenwich 24-12; the last of the fixtures saw Dartford valley 19-10 victors over Faversham.
11 Jan 17: Saracens February Rugby Camp 2017 – Maidstone Rugby
Maidstone Rugby Hosting Saracens Rugby Camp
The Saracens Rugby Camp Programme is aimed at U7 – U14 boys and girls playing age-grades and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities, utilizing Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches from the Community team.
Saracens will be realising a brand new delivery structure that will be in place for the 2016/2017 season giving a fresh new look on Rugby Camps!
Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips, creating a fun and enjoyable environment in which participants will work closely in groups of the same/similar age covering all rugby aspects. Individuals can expect to cover content specific to their age group ensuring the best possible chance to further personal development on and off the field.
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.
Course: Saracens Two Day Skills Clinic
Venue: Maidstone FC
Date: Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th Feb
Age: U7 – U14
Normal Price: £60.00
Online Price: £54.00
To book your place on this course, please go to https://bookings.rugbycamps.co.uk/index.php?action=view_camp&campid=3065#.WG-kf1OLTIU
or call Sid Young (Saracens) on 0203 675 7242
04 Jan 17: 'Old Boys' Pre Match Lunch: 11th Feb v Chiswick - places available
Next Pre-Match Lunch
'Old Boys Lunch'
Saturday 11th February v Chiswick.
Bob Beney and Dave Arnold are organising the pre-match luncheons this season and the first two have been a great success (with the bonus of wins for the 1st XV on both occasions), so if you are interested in attending on the remaining dates then please let either Bob or Dave know if you are going to attend - preferably by e-mail. To avoid disappointment and to help with the catering we would appreciate an early reply.
Why not organise a table of 6 and sit with your own friends.
Look forward to seeing you at the lunches.
Remaining dates: Saturday 25th March v Sidcup.
03 Jan 17: Website Upgrades
Members may notice some changes to the website. Al Steger-Lewis (from our digital partners Vivid Associates) who does the bulk of the construction work on the website has now completed the template/stylesheet upgrade, which means that the website is now more responsive and adapt to different screen sizes more readily. This will be particularly noticeable on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets, although the way in which the topline menu bar functions on a standard PC has also been improved to replace some of the navigation buttons in the left margin
Please be aware that you may need to refresh your browser a few times - or even clear your browser cache - to see the changes properly. As with any such upgrade there are bound to be areas that now need to be “finessed” so please be patient whilst any areas are further adjusted in the near future.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Saturday 21st January v Havant RFC, Home, KO: 2:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 21st January
Mustangs XV v Gravesend RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:00pm (League)
Barbarians XV v Lordswood RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:00pm (League)
Veterans XV v tba
Sunday 22nd January
Spitfire Occasional XV v Medway RFC Veterans XV, Away, KO tbc
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Club Trade Directory
posted: November 30 2016
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.
RBS 6 Nations Tickets (Away fixtures)
posted: November 30 2016
The club have received notification of our allocation for the Away 6N matches, we will receive 4 tickets for each of the following RBS 6 Nations games:
Wales on Sat 11th Feb (ko 16:50)
Ireland on Sat 18 March (ko 17:00).
Ticket prices - £95 each for Wales and £98 each for Ireland (plus £5 club admin cost per allocation). We already have a number of applications for the tickets and should you wish to be included in the random number draw for tickets please confirm to email@example.com stating which match you would prefer to attend. For those who have already expressed an interest there is no need to email Steve again. With such a limited number of tickets available please limit your request to 2 tickets so as to allow at least one other member + guest to attend.
The 500 CLUB
posted: November 13 2016
'Fancy winning £800*** for Christmas as well as loads of cash prizes during the season?
Then JOIN THE 500 CLUB now and don't miss out!!
It costs £60 this buys you 6 x £10 shares.
These numbers are entered into a draw which we have throughout the season. Half the total proceeds come back to you in cash prizes, Half help pays for our pitch upkeep.
posted: September 25 2016
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.
Situations Vacant - Ground Chairman
posted: August 13 2016
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.
Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 17 2016
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.
Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
posted: July 12 2016
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:
3rd Sept v Tunbridge Wells (Sold)
10th Sept v Dover (Sold)
24th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)
8th Oct v Gravesend (Sold)
29th Oct v CS Rugby (Sold)
19th Nov v Chobham(Sold)
3rd Dec v Brighton (Sold)
7th Jan v Sevenoaks (Sold)
21st Jan v Havant (Sold)
11th Feb v Chiswick
4th Mar v Cobham (Sold)
25thMar v Sidcup
8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham