- 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.
03 Oct 15: Around the Grounds
National 1: Ampthill continue to lead the way after they beat Darlington MP 32-20, with Hartpury now second following a 22-28 win at bottom club Blaydon. Blackheath move up to third following a useful 18-31 win at the much fancied Rosslyn Pk, a result that drops them to fourth. At the other end of the table, alongside struggling Blaydon and Darlington, Cinderford continue to struggle after they lost out 9-16 to Loughborough St and Wharfedale went down 39-13 at Henley. In the remaining fixtures Coventry beat Plymouth Albion 26-19 and Hull Ionians won 35-38 on the road at Fylde. The last of the matches saw Esher 41-34 winners over visiting Richmond.
National 2(S): A 19-34 win over Southend sees Taunton stay at the head of the division, with three clubs as the immediate competition. Bishops Stortford sit second after a good 47-15 win over Redruth, with Clifton in third after they beat basement club Launceston 19-54. Cambridge are fourth following their tight 29-23 victory over O Albanians. A 39-10 defeat at BSE sees Canterbury drop to eighth, with O Elthamians in tenth spot after a narrow 32-30 loss at Barnes. At the fot of the table a 30-27 defeat for Chinnor at Dorking sees them one off the bottom, with Redingensians just above them after they posted their first win at this level with a 28-10 victory over Worthing.
National 3(SE): TJs still head the table although their 27-32 win at Westcliff was tighter than current league positions would have indicated, with the league leaders coming from behind in the closing stages to take the points. Ldn Irish WG remain in second spot on points difference after they hammered bottom club Eton Manor 0-55, a 35-18 win for Combe over Shelford keeps them in third spot with East Grinstead fourth after they beat Hertford 43-20. Gravesend lost out 19-11 at Chichester and sit in lower mid-table whilst below them Colchester lost out narrowly (18-16) at Wimbledon and Bracknell went down 27-30 at home to Guernsey.
London 1 (S): No change in the top section of the table as Chobham still lead following a narrow 17-15 win over Brighton, with Sidcup second following a solid 40-17 win against G&F. S&E stay third following a 22-37 win at Havant but Guildford move above Medway after they won 46-15 against Twickenham and despite Medway posting a good 21-40 win at Charlton Pk. At the bottom end of the table Chiswick were 20-16 winners against Dover whilst a lacklustre Maidstone slipped to their first home defeat since 2013, going down 10-19 to visiting Tottonians.
London 2 (SE): Sevenoaks take over at the top of the table following a 13-63 thrashing of Hove, with Tunbridge Wells now second after a hard-fought 22-16 result against third placed Beckenham. Horsham move up to fourth following a 34-29 win at Dartfordians. At the bottom end of the early season table ashford went down 21-3 to fellow strugglers Thanet, with Crowborough losing out 13-3 to O Alleynians. In mid-table Colfes lost out 11-18 to D&B.
London 3 (SE): Cranbrook head the division despite a 35-28 defeat at Pulborough with Bromley in second after they were 34-10 winners against Park Hse in what is probably the most local of local derbies, a 12-30 win for Dunstonians at Uckfield sees them complete the top four. Aylesford posted a 23-26 win at Folkestone and would have been in top spot but for a 5-point deduction for an administrative indiscretion. At the bottom end, Burgess Hill prop up the table below Uckfield and Park Hse, after a 62-25 defeat at Eastbourne, whilst H&W now seem to have found their form with a 73-13 drubbing of Anchorians.
Kent 1: Sheppey are quite obviously the team to beat this season as they racked up another big score, running out 81-14 winners against Kings Coll. Three clubs sit behind them on 11 points, with H&B 5-25 winners over OGs, Vigo 45-7 winners against HSBC and Beccs 48-5 winners against NAG. At the bottom Brockleians sit just above NAG & OGs after they lost out 18-14 at Southwark, whilst in mid-table Lordswood were narrow winners in a tight 7-0 encounter with O wills.
Kent 2: Sittingbourne and Snowdown remain in the top two positions following healthy wins, with Sittingbourne hammering bottom club Shooters hill 3-64 and Snowdown 17-55 winners at Dartford Valley. Greenwich and Faversham sit just behind them with Greenwich 13-24 winners at Askean and Faversham receiving a HWO against Edenbridge. In the remaining fixtures Whitstable lost out narrowly at home, going down 10-13 to visiting Orpington whilst Foots cray were 26-6 winners over Bexley.
30 Sep 15: Youth Section 'Give it a Go Day' & Jubilee Square Event
The Mote was 'buzzing on Sunday (27th) with not only the England result in the RWC, but with new recruits coming to the club eager to try our wonderful sport on our 'Give it a Go' day.
Flyers and RWC wall charts had gone out to local schools and businesses and slightly nervous parents were welcomed to the club by Youth Chairs and duly directed around the various pitches.
It was a glorious sunny day and on a quick wander around it was clear that everyone had joined in and were getting on well. Some age groups were able to provided dedicated training in small groups and soon the new recruits were full of confidence. Even the parents relaxed and were able to enjoy a chat with other parents and enjoy the unique atmosphere and inclusiveness of rugby.
In all there were over 60 new boys and girls that came along and most if not all are keen to return. There is also a greater awareness of rugby and the club across schools and the community.
Many thanks to those that made the event such a success.
To further make the most of the RWC focus the Youth Chairs have arranged an event in Maidstone's Jubilee Square on Saturday 17th October from 9:00am - 1:00pm. there will be stalls and displays, please come along and support the event, then it's up to the club for the 1st XV Kent Cup home fixture, followed by one of the RWC Quarter- Finals. What a great day of rugby.
26 Sep 15: Sharpak Aylesham Lend their Support
The club is pleased to announce that Aylesham based Sharpak have lent their support to the county town club as one of their Club Sponsors. Sharpak Aylesham is part of the French based Groupe Guillin and is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of a range of innovative food packaging solutions. With over 45 years’ experience in the food industry, they are specialists in standard and bespoke products specifically designed to suit their customers' needs."
Commercial Director Rick Calcott commented "At Sharpak, we are very proud to be a major long standing European manufacturer of packaging based in East Kent, supporting employment and giving opportunities for local people. Our business has been a long standing supporter of Rugby Union at all levels, and so we are extremely pleased to be supporting Maidstone Rugby, and look forward to a successful and bright future together."
23 Sep 15: CLUB HOODIES
This will possibly be the last year that hoodies are ordered as we now have an alternative top for sale.
The price will be £42 including embroidered name / nickname for Adult sizes up to XL , bigger than XL are £45, with Junior hoodies up to LB's ( 36" chest) @ £35.00.
The order will be placed end beginning of October for delivery in late November, subject to the minimum order number required by Samurai being achieved.
A deposit of £25 is required with your order ...............
Full details on form, which are available from behind the bar or can be downloaded. (click here)
21 Sep 15: Club Opening for RWC Fixtures
The club will be open specifically for the following fixtures during the Rugby World Cup:
All Saturday scheduled fixtures
Thurs 24th Sept - 8:00pm, New Zealand v Namibia
Thurs 1st Oct - 8:00pm, France v Canada
Fri 2nd Oct - 8:00pm, New Zealand v Georgia
Tues 6th Oct - 8:00pm, Fiji v Uruguay
Sun 11th Oct - 12:00am, Argentina v Namibia
Sat 17th Oct - Quarter-Final 1 & 2
Sun 18th Oct - Quarter-Final 3 & 4
Sat Oct 24th - Semi-Final 1
Sun Oct 25th - Semi-Final 2
Fri 30th Oct - 8:00pm, Bronze Final
Sat Oct 31st - RWC Final
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Next 1st XV Fixture
Saturday 10th October
Maidstone FC v Gosport & Fareham RFC
Away, KO 3:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 10th Oct 15
Mustangs XV v Medway RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2 pm
Development XV v Canterbury RFC 5th XV, Home, KO 2:00pm
Barbarians XV v Ashford Barbarians RFC, Away, KO 2:00pm
Veterans XV v tba
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
THE 500 CLUB
posted: September 10 2015
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: 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).
Vote for Mote Park
posted: September 04 2015
You may have heard last year that Mote Park was voted the nation’s second favourite park – voting is now open for 2015, and the borough would love to see it do as well again!
They need as many people as possible to go to bit.ly/votemote and click on “vote for this site” to be in with a chance of reaching the top three again. as a club that is adjacent to, and also uses Mote Park our support would be appreciated.
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 Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship (Updated 16 Sept)
posted: July 30 2015
All of the Shirt Nos for the current season have now been taken.
However, Matchball Sponsorship opportunities 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.
posted: August 21 2015
Due to revised orders we have two spare tops available, that were produced for our cup final appearance at Twickenham.
Polo Shirt - Size SMALL
No 1 Shirt - Size XL
They are £25 each - please contact Kevin Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure
'First come first served'
Pre Season Shop Sale (Updated - New Item Added)
posted: July 24 2015
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 - email@example.com
Further offers will follow so keep watching the news for further details