- 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.
05 Dec 16: Donation to the Club by Judith and Fergus Wilson
The pre-match Christmas Lunch for the Brighton fixture saw former player and long standing club supporter Fergus Wilson and his wife Judith make a significant donation to the club of £15,000. In an agreement covering a three year period they have agreed on a staged donation of £5000 commencing this season and repeated at the same point in the next two seasons. The club is extremely grateful for their donation and their altruistic outlook in supporting the county town’s rugby club.
04 Dec 16: Christmas Lunch a great success
The club sat down for its traditional Christmas Lunch prior to Saturday’s home fixture against Brighton. The event was slightly earlier this year due to the scheduling of fixtures but saw almost of the tickets sold well in advance of the event. It turned out to be a great occasion with a number of former players in attendance as well as other guests. We even had a visit from one of Santa’s elves (Richard Ewence really shouldn’t have told his wife it was fancy dress!), which will no doubt appear somewhere in his weekly roundup later this week.
All in all it was a great afternoon at the club, rounded off with a win for the 1st XV in the league fixture, but only just, and probably not the sort of nail-biting encounter we were hoping for.
Our thanks to Carol McKenzie and her team of assistance for all their efforts in making such an enjoyable event
03 Dec 16: Club says Thank You to its Outside Volunteers
As most will know, due to changes in the set up with The Mote CC the rugby club now no longer has the services of a full time groundsman. Much of the day-to-day and week-to-week stuff is done by volunteers. We are lucky to have one in VP Mickey Back who marks the pitches each week and other ground maintenance and pitch preparation tasks are conducted by volunteers Bob Beney and Eugene Moore. The club took the opportunity at this last Saturdays pre-match lunch to both say thank you for their efforts and also to ensure that they are kept warm whilst doing their volunteer work as we enter the winter months with the presentation of a samurai quilted jacket each.
On a more serious note, we do need additional volunteers to assist in this, preferably those who have experience with use of a tractor (although this is not essential). The work is not overly time consuming, so if anyone has a couple of hours week to spare, their help would be much appreciated. This is particularly important during the winter months where the reduced hours of daylight curtail the time when various tasks can be conducted.
03 Dec 16: Around the Grounds
An odd week this one with no fixtures for clubs at Level 7 to Level 9 and yet no cup fixtures.
National 1: I was chatting with someone from a National 1 club last week and mentioned that it looked like there were only 3-4 sides involved in the promotion battle, to which he replied “No there’s only one side in it”, and looking at today’s results and standings he is probably right, as leaders Hartpury stretched to a 19-point advantage at the top of the table following a 64-5 hammering of their nearest rivals Moseley. Plymouth Albion stay third despite going down 24-22 at fifth club Ampthill and Blackheath are fourth after they were 55-10 winners against bottom club Macclesfield. At the bottom end of the table Blaydon were edged out 14-17 at home to Cambridge whilst Hull Ionians picked up valuable points with a 16-14 win against an in form Rosslyn Pk although it was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three. DMP sit just above the drop zone after a 31-25 loss at Fylde with the remaining fixtures seeing Esher beat Loughborough St 34-22 and Coventry just take the honours in a high scoring 43-42 scoreline against O Albanians
National 2(S): Wins for the top three as leaders Chinnor were solid 57-10 victors against Worthing with Elthamians winning 21-31 at BSE and Bishops Stortford winning by the odd point in the 24-25 score at Redingensians. Taunton change places with Redruth to take fourth spot after they came out 18-22 winners in the battle between the two. Canterbury continued their recent good form in sixth with an 8-38 win at struggling Barnes. The other results at the bottom saw basement club Exmouth go down 21-34 to Clifton, whilst Barnstaple drop back into the bottom three after a 29-10 loss at Cinderford. Ldn Irish WG sit just above the drop zone after they lost 25-24 at Henley, who are themselves still very much included in the relegation battle with five other clubs.
Nationals 3(SE): No change at the top as TJs stay at the head of the table after a 25-11 win against S&E with Wimbledon second following their 39-14 win against Guernsey. Westcombe Pk were 14-32 winners at struggling Colchester whilst Hertford maintain station in fourth spot after they beat Southend 10-27. There is then a 15-point gap to fifth placed Shelford who inflicted a heavy 22-59 defeat on bottom side A&C. Alongside A&C and Colchester in the bottom three is Chichester, who narrowed the gap to safety with a 6-27 win at Guildford. The last of the fixtures saw Westcliff 41-17 winners against visiting Dorking.
London 1(S): Leaders Sidcup were solid 16-32 winners at Sevenoaks whilst second placed Havant inflicted a comprehensive 55-10 defeat on Cobham who slip a place to seventh. Without doubt the result of the day was the 97-5 drubbing of G&F by third placed Tunbridge Wells; Tottonians now complete the top four after they just edged Chobham in a high scoring 36-35 battle. At the bottom a place above G&F are Brighton who were edged out 20-19 against a lacklustre Maidstone whilst Dover drop back into the drop zone after a 68-0 hammering by Chiswick. In mid-table Gravesend were 37-19 winners against a CS Rugby outfit that seem to have fallen off the pace in recent weeks.
Kent 2: OGs continue to lead the way after a 48-13 win over RBS who slip to third following Whitstable’s 32-21 victory over near neighbours Faversham in the local derby. A W/O for foots cray against Greenwich sees them move above Lordswood who went down 22-19 at Dartford Valley. At the foot of the table bottom side Shooters Hill had no fixture and Erith went down to a heavy 55-0 defeat at Bexley. The last of the fixtures saw another big score as Orpington hammered Askean 78-0.
01 Dec 16: Club retains RFU Accreditation
22 Nov 16: Shepherd Neame Kent Cup 2016-17 (Updated 03 Dec)
The majority of the 1st Round matches in these season’s Shepherd Neame Kent Cup competitions have now taken place; in the Cup match played in October,Tonbridge Juddians made a great comeback to beat hosts Tunbridge Wells 19-20. The remaining matches were played on the 9th Nov with Maidstone falling to Blackheath 20-25 and Sidcup proving too powerful for Canterbury’s Pilgrims XV, winning 51-7, the last of the 1st Rd fixtures saw Gravesend concede to Westcombe Pk.
In the Shield competition Ashford overcame Sheppey in a fixture played very early in the season and have yet to play Colfes in the 1st Rd proper. The other matches saw Medway cruise past Aylesford 69-3 whilst Thanet beat Folkestone 44-15. In the outstanding fixture between Beckenham and Bromley scheduled to be on 3rd December, Bromley conceded leaving Beckenham to progress in the Shield to face Charlton Pk; should Charlton Pk lose they will face Tunbridge Wells in the Plate, if they win Wells will likely have a Bye (tbc).
Both the Cup and the Shield competitions feed into the Kent Plate and the draw has now been announced as follows:
Canterbury v Sheppey
Folkestone v Maidstone (25th Feb 17)
Aylesford Bulls v Dover
Bye/Charlton Park v Tunbridge Wells
Note: Gravesend do not move to the Plate competition due to conceding their 1st Rd Cup fixture
Fixture dates have yet to be confirmed, but can be played on Saturdays free from RFU league or cup commitments ( 4th February, 25th February &18th March ) or what can be agreed between clubs. Keep an eye on the website for an update once the Fix Sec has done his wheeling & dealing.
For details on what is happening in the Shepherd Neame Kent Vase & Bowl competitions visit the Kent RFU website Competitions page (click here)
13 Nov 16: The 500 CLUB
'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.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Saturday 10th December v Gosport & Fareham RFC, Away, KO: 2:00pm
Other Senior Fixtures
Saturday 10th December
Mustangs XV v Tunbridge Wells RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 2:00pm (League)
Barbarians XV v New Ash Green RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 2:00pm (League)
Veterans XV v Ashford Barbarians RFC, Away, KO 2:00pm (League)
Sunday 11th December
Ladies XV v Hitchin RFC, Home, KO 2:00pm (League)
(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.
Pre Match Lunches - places still available
posted: October 24 2016
Bob Beney and Dave Arnold are organising the pre-match luncheons this season. They are planning to limit the number of lunches to 4 and the remaining dates available are;
Saturday 11th February v Chiswick.
Saturday 25th March v Sidcup.
The first two have been a great success (with 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.
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