- 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.
15 Jul 16: Maidstone Rugby Golf Day
After a 10 year hiatus and thanks to the organisation of Bob Beney & David Arnold, Thursday 14th July saw an extremely successful Maidstone Rugby Golf Day reappear on the club’s social calendar.
Held in the pleasant surroundings of Bearsted Golf Club, 9 foursomes from the club membership, sponsors and associated organisations assembled for the traditional pre golf refreshments before teeing off in bright summer sunshine. With a glorious afternoon’s golf completed the day was rounded off with the customary 19th hole refreshments, followed by dinner and prize giving.
First prize in the team competition went to the foursome from Kent Police of M Whitehead, D Pascoe, H Dunk & R Peart whilst the individual award was won by R Peart. Nearest the pin was won by the Mote CC’s P Heynes, whilst the longest drive with a massive 310 yds went to Ian Daniels from Caravelle Creative.
The club would like to thank Bob Beney and Dave Arnold for their work in reinvigorating this traditional club event, in addition to Alan Firmin, Britelite, Crowe Clark Whitehill and Caravelle Creative for their sponsorship support; and we look forward to the event re-establishing itself as an annual social fixture.
12 Jul 16: Sponsorship News
The club is pleased to announce that during the closed season the club’s sponsorship campaign continues to progress, although work on the 2016-17 season started midway through the last season. Unfortunately, circumstances have meant that Pankhurst Contracting LLP have been forced to step aside as one of the club’s Primary Sponsors and we also say farewell to KH Engineering Svcs after a long association with the club, a lot of which was behind the scenes and on a purely altruistic basis. To both, we wish them every success in the future and are grateful for the support they have demonstrated to the club.
Hospitality Finder have reaffirmed their support for the 2016-17 season and the club is particularly pleased to announce that Firmin have made a substantial increase to their level of support, which will be under the branding of the Firmin Recruit and Firmin Xpress arms of the business. Due to the timing this sponsorship doesn’t carry any additional exposure on the 1st XV shirts to that already carried but will see significant extra pitchside coverage. Finally, the region’s largest law firm Cripps Law have also raised their level of support as joint Primary Sponsors.
Long term club Official Sponsors Britelite, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Glosrose Group and Alltask have all renewed their support for the forthcoming 2016-2017 season, although Alltask’s support will be done via their sister company Hehku for next season. In addition, Linton Oil who were new sponsors for the 2015-16 campaign have also agreed to continue their support; additionally the club is pleased to welcome London based investment company Oakley Capital who have lent their support to the club as Official Sponsors with Club Sponsors from last season Sharpak Aylesham who have agreed to upgrade their level of support for the 2016-17 campaign. At Club Sponsor level Sibley Pares, FG Barnes, Ye Olde Thirsty Pig remain on board and are joined this season by Morlings Solicitors. Communication is currently ongoing with the other local and regional companies who have expressed an interest in supporting the club, in addition to work being conducted by Gemma who heads up the club's injury support team, in assembling some new partnerships to enhance the level of physiotherapy support provided by the club, whilst on the fitness front as part of the club’s preseason training regime Maidstone’s Topnotch Health Club have again agreed to maintain their significant 'Benefit in Kind' contradeal arrangement with the county town club.
The club has in recent seasons been looking for a partner for its coaching support programme in local schools and is particularly pleased to welcome Longfield based Bovis Homes, who have stepped forward as the club’s lead Community Partner.
Maidstone rugby have a variety of sponsorship package templates available to suit all budgets, if you or your company would like to generate a positive local or regional profile in being seen to support high quality community based grassroots sport, then we would love to hear from you.
12 Jul 16: Piers collects Blues Rookie of the Year Award
For those that follow the rugby career of former Maidstone player Piers Francis the only Englishman currently playing in the southern hemispheres Super Rugby competition where he represents the Auckland based Blues.
This last week saw the Blues annual awards and on what was a glamorous night for the players and their partners, most of whom are accustomed to running out on green grass, not walking on the blue carpet
The evening acknowledged many milestones including special mention of the 11 new Blues players who began their Blues careers this season, of which Piers was one. In a season that saw a number of new players step up into the Super Rugby level and make quite the impact Piers also received the Rookie of the Year award, presented by sponsors nib. Piers picked up 10 caps during the season and although primarily a 10 the majority of his appearances were occupying the inside centre berth.
Was in not for the fact he’s based overseas could he perhaps be a solution to England’s midfield conundrum.
12 Jul 16: Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
Shirt Number Sponsorship
Now just two remaining Shirt No Sponsorship opportunities potentially available @ £150 with the Veterans XV and Geoff Burr taking up the options on Shirt nos 10 & 12.
Shirt Nos: 7 (subject to renewal) & 17
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:
10th Sept v Dover
24th Sept v Tottonians
8th Oct v Gravesend
29th Oct v CS Rugby
19th Nov v Chobham
3rd Dec v Brighton
7th Jan v Sevenoaks
21st Jan v Havant
11th Feb v Chiswick
4th Mar v Cobham
25thMar v Sidcup
8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham
08 Jul 16: Situations Vacant - Hon Secretary
A change of role within the club has meant that Steve Quinn, the current incumbent is unable to continue in the Hon Secretary role alongside his other critical role within the club committee. In all fairness it would be wrong to ask him to do so, especially given that so may of the critical roles within the club are filled by far too few volunteers.
The Hon Secretary role despite its title is not quite the onerous task it might seem, and is largely to act as a first point of contact for the club to outside agencies. The role requires someone who is confident in manner, an effective communicator and with good administration skills. For a full description of the role click here, or refer to the Role description Compendium on the Club Volunteer page of the website.
Members interested in volunteering for the role and making a positive contribution to the running of the club, should apply to the current incumbent Steve Quinn in the first instance.
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).
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Pre Season Fixtures
Saturday 13th August v Eton Manor RFC (Ldn 1N), Home, KO: tbc
Saturday 27th August v Beckenham RFC (Ldn 2SE), Away, KO: tbc
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Autumn International Tickets
posted: May 31 2016
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.
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.