- 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.
- 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.
01 Jun 16: 2016-17 London 1(S) League Fixtures Announced
The fixtures schedule for the new season has been published, somewhat earlier than usual and with three more Kent clubs entering the division, bringing the total to six, meaning the return of a number entertaining local derbies.
Maidstone open their account on Sat 3rd Sept as they host promoted Tunbridge Wells before they take on Dover the following week, again at The Mote. The 17th Sept sees the shortest away trip of the season as the side travel to Sevenoaks for yet another local derby before they are back at The Mote on the last weekend of the month to host Tottonians. Gravesend are the third of the Kent clubs to join the division, dropping down from National 3 (SE) and Maidstone host them in early October. The last of the new sides to the division are CS Rugby 1863 who are near neighbours to Chiswick, and have been level transferred from London 1(N) where they finished fifth last season. Maidstone will have to wait until the end of October to face them, again at The Mote.
The club website will be updated in due course, but in the meantime for full details of the fixture schedule click here
31 May 16: Veterans XV tour marks 100th Anniversay of The Somme
Saturday 21st May, and very much in keeping with RFU’s commemoration of the World War I centenary, a party of 35 from the Veterans XV of Maidstone Rugby Club answer a call to play in a tournament at French club RC de Laon, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
In what was the 31st year of consecutive touring for Maidstone’s Veterans XV, they acquitted themselves well on the field of play, beating the veterans Xv from French club ACS Soissons, before losing narrowly to the host club RC de Laon, who ran out winners of their own mini-tournament by virtue of one win and one draw. However, when it came to the traditional singing, the French and Brits gave equally good measure as they tried to out-sing one another and in the end, honours were just about even.
The Sunday saw a tour of the battlefields which had been organised by Veterans Xv skipper Adrian Clark, which included a visit to the Lochnagar crater and the Thiepval Memorial, where a short service was conducted and the ex-servicemen from the Maidstone contingent laid a wreath on behalf of Maidstone Veterans.
27 May 16: New Coaching Team for 2016-17
The county town club has a new coaching set up for the 2016-17 following the departure of Paul Hathaway and Stuart Thresher, whose contribution to one of the most successful periods in achieving an unbeaten promotion and national Intermediate Cup win at Twickenham should not be forgotten.
Mike Hebden will head up the senior coaching team season and work is already underway planning for the challenges ahead. Mike will be supported by assistant coach Steve Milward, and Ben Massey in a player coach capacity. Max Melville-Brown returns to the county town club where he began his playing career after a playing stint with near neighbours Aylesford Bulls before coaching their successful ladies team and also at Beckenham where he coached their ladies side to their best ever season.
dave hughes will remain as touch judge but is standing aside from the 1st XV Managers role for next season, with both the 1st XV & Mustangs XVs having new managers in place for next season, as club stalwarts Richard Weston and Richard Gray take over the administrative responsibilities for the respective sides.
Gemma Skudder remains in place to head up the physiotherapy support and has done a lot of work already to broaden the scope of the support available for injury management, through the establishment of a number of partnerships with local medical and sports science organisations.
23 May 16: New Players - Maidstone Rugby is Recruiting
Ambitious London 1 (S) club Maidstone Rugby are recruiting for the 2016-17 season and welcome all aspiring senior players, ambitious local players, or players moving to the area or the county town, regardless of level/ability. The club is always looking to strengthen the senior squad for the upcoming 1st XV league and cup campaigns as well as the Kent RFU Invicta and Junior 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 contact Head Coach Mike Hebden via the club website.
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, 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).
31 May 16: Autumn International Tickets
In addition to matches v S Africa and Australia in November and December, there are two other Autumn internationals for which we the club is not constrained to a fixed ticket allocation and for which you might wish to apply for tickets, plus an additional fixture which sees Argentina play Australia as part of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations) competition. Dates and pricing details are as follows:
08 Oct: Australia v Argentina KO tbc, Ticket Prices £80, £60, £40 (£20 in all three categories)
19 Nov: England v Fiji KO 14:30, Ticket Prices £50, £35, £25 (£15 in all three categories)
26 Nov: England v Argentina KO 14:30 Ticket Prices £78, £70, £63, £55, £48, £37 (£20 in all categories) Note: This match is followed at 17:05hrs by England Ladies v Canada Ladies for which your match ticket will allow you to watch.
NB: Juniors prices in brackets
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.
NB: Please note that you can bid for tickets for the fixtures against S Africa and Australia, and an announcement will be published on the website for that process in due course.
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Thats all for this season, don't forget the Summer Ball on Sat 16th July.
Also the Club Golf Day taking place at Bearsted Golf Club on Thurs 14th July.
Keep an eye on the website and social media for details of pre season training commencing in June.
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Members & Sponsors Golf Day - Thursday 14th July 2016
posted: June 15 2016
The club is delighted to announce the reappearance on the calendar of a club Golf Day in what we hope will become an annual event. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 14th July at Bearsted Golf Club.
The day will be run with teams of 4 on a full handicap ‘Stapleford’ format; best three scores from four, and is scheduled to start at 1:30pm with coffee and bacon rolls prior to the golf, with tee off times from 2:00pm. There will be a dinner in the evening at 7:00pm to accompany the prize giving.
Dress for the event is normal golfing attire on the course, and smart casual in the evening and guests are welcome at the dinner.
The day provides a great opportunity from both a business and social perspective for teams from both our members and sponsors along with their clients, to mix and enjoy a day’s golf at what is a lovely venue in Bearsted.
The cost for the day is £50 per head (£200 per team of four), If you want to play but don't have a team then the event organiser can find a team for you.
In respect of the event organisation and coordination, this is being led by our immediate Past President, Bob Beney and if you wish to be involved in the event, either as an individual or entering a team, could I ask that communication is directed to him at the contact details below. Those of you who are golfers will know that events such as this prove extremely popular and there are likely to be limited places for teams and individuals, so a prompt indication of interest to Bob would be appreciated.
click here to email Bob Beney
THE 500 CLUB
posted: June 15 2016
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.
Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: June 15 2016
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 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.
Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: June 15 2016
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.