30 Apr 13: KEEP OFF THE PITCHES
Our rugby pitches have been verti-drained, scarified and reseeded in readiness for next season.
In addition 250 tons of sand/top dressing will be put on them, in particular the training pitch which has been badly in need of attention. To give the pitches the best chance for recovery and benefit from the remedial work they must not be used until further notice.
The remedial work has been very expensive but was necessary and unavoidable. In future years it will not be much less although the club is very optimistic that you will all see the benefit come the new season.
The pitches, or at least some will not be in bounds again until at least late August so please plan your training programmes accordingly.
16 May 13: Coaching Team finalised for the 2013-14 Season
With the season barely complete the end of April saw Head Coach Andy Foley hold his first planning meeting for the senior squad next season. On the playing side, whilst the overwhelming majority of the senior squad remain for next season’s campaign, a couple of players will be unavailable as they return home or resume their university studies; there are a number of confirmed additions to the squad and these will be announced in due course.
Coach Foley has also confirmed his coaching and support team for next season. Lee Evans will once again take responsibility for the forwards as player/coach, whilst Adrian Hogben will continue his Defence and Video review responsibilities and is joined by Robbie Grieve who will analyse 1st XV statistics. Despite moving away from the immediate Maidstone area, Fin Davis will be staying on as 1st XV Manager for another season as are Richard Weston and Jacques Van Vuuren who will be continuing as the Mustangs XV coaching team. Joining the team is James Leverington who will be particularly involved in the preseason build up to the league campaign, as the senior squad’s Fitness & Conditioning coach; whilst 2012-13 Bernard Hinks award winner Willie Brown has delayed his return to New Zealand and will remain with the club in a player/coach role with responsibility as the senior backs coach.
Anna Rooke continues to head up the physio support, although a change of job for John Fairhurst means that he will be unavailable next season and the club is actively seeking a replacement to support the Mustangs XV as well as heading up the mid-week injury management process.
16 May 13: A Word from Jon Sargent
13 May 13: Annual Club Dinner 10th May
The club rounded off the 2012-13 season with the club dinner on Friday 10th May and as is the tradition the efforts of everyone across the club from both the playing and non-playing side were recognised. A number of Vice Presidencies were awarded, amongst them, Mike Laurenson, Jonathan Davies and Andy Foley. In addition RFU VIP Ties were awarded to Allan Crosbie from the Youth Section, Trevor Langley and Bob Hayton along with a club blazer for long term volunteer and supporter Francis Talbot.
Recognition for their efforts in supporting the on-pitch efforts of the players saw 1st XV manager Fin Davis and touch-judge Dave Hughes receive the Head Coach’s Award. The respective team Player awards went to the following recipients:
1st XV – Sam Bailey
2nd (Mustangs) XV – Sam Weston
A (3rd) XV – David Ruaux
Ex A (4th) XV – Andy Smith
B (5th) XV (The Captain’s Shield) – Simon Seal
Veterans XV (The Mike Sharples Plate) – Brian Costelloe
Following such a good season and the outstanding efforts of the players, settling on the winners for the club awards was a difficult decision; The David Arnold Young Player Trophy was won by winger James Davies who scored 16 tries along the way, despite missing out on the tail end of the campaign with a broken ankle. The Bernard Hinks Player awards went to Matt Cooper in the senior sides for his performances in both the 3rd XV and primarily with the Mustangs XV, whilst the 1st XV award winner was Willie Brown who played every match during the season, scoring 21 tries and amassing 162 points in all.
Charlotte Goodbody, a stalwart in the Tag Rugby section of the club took the Bernard Hinks Award for the Non-Player, not just for her overall contribution to the club but also for stepping into the breach at short notice to organise the festival as part of visiting Farnham RFC’s tour.
The Centenary Cup for the Team of the Season went to the Mustangs XV, who despite not picking up any honours, had a solid season in Invicta 2, and showed great form from the mid-season interval.
Finally, although not awarded every year, The Harry Green Award has been presented three times in recent seasons and it was awarded again this year with Bob Hayton’s contribution to the club over several seasons being recognised with the award.
There are a selection of photos now on the gallery, plus you can also click here to go to The Photo Team gallery where some excellent additional photos can be purchased (use password 5115).
05 Apr 13: Interested in Playing for THE County Town Rugby Club?
Current champions of London 3(SE) and National Semi-Finalists in the RFU Senior Vase competition for the last two seasons, Maidstone Rugby are already planning for the 2013-14 season and are looking to further strengthen their senior squad for the respective league and cup campaigns.
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 (David Lloyd Health & Fitness Clubs).
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 Andy Foley via the New Players or Contacts pages of the club website.
17 Jan 13: Situations Vacant - Volunteers Required **UPDATED**
As the club continues to develop, a number of roles have been identified that require volunteer support as listed below. Whilst there has been some interest in some of the roles outlined below there is still a need to fill other roles and also to identify understudies and assistants for the more challenging or diverse positions.
1st XV Manager: Due to a house move away from the immediate Maidstone area, Fin Davis will be standing down as 1st XV Manager at the end of the current season and a volunteer is required to take on this key role with the club’s senior squad. As 1st XV Manager, you will represent the team to the club management, including the Director of Rugby, the Fixture Secretary and Coaching Team. It’s up to you to keep the 1st XV up to date on club requirements as the team's key administrative figure, ensuring the smooth running of team affairs.
Anyone interested in this role should contact Andy Foley either by email of phone via the website contacts page.
Grant Manager: As the Grants Manager for the club you will be responsible for identifying, applying for, and following up, grant applications. There is a vast array of opportunities to increase investment in the club, and it is the role of the Grants Manager to identify and make the most of these opportunities. A successful Grant Manager has the opportunity to make a massive difference to the club’s resources.
Anyone interested in this role should contact Bob Beney either by email of phone via the website contacts page.
Credit Control: In liaison with the club Treasurer, the Credit Controller is responsible for chasing outstanding invoices to the club and plays a vital role in the cash-flow of the organisation, ensuring that any credit applied is monitored and controlled.
Anyone interested in this role should contact either Andy Golding, Bob Beney or Ben Court either by email of phone via the website contacts page.
Fundraing Manager: The Fundraising Manager is member of the Rugby Committee and is directly responsible to the Chair of House. The post-holder’s primary responsibility is to plan and organise fund raising activities, so that monies can be raised to maintain and grow the Club.
Anyone interested in this role should contact either Andy Golding either by email of phone via the website contacts page.
Detailed role descriptions for all three positions are available to download from the Role Descriptions section of the Policy page of the club website (click here)
A point to consider:
When calling for volunteers to step forward, have you considered that your club may just be run by those who stood still, when you all took one pace back!!!
22 Apr 13: SHOP NEWS - New Design Shirts
It would appear that their is some interest around the club in obtaining one of the new design shirts by individuals for leisure wear. The shirts will be the same design (colour scheme as the new 1st XV shirts) but without the sponsors logos and with a more conventional 'grandad collar'.
Shirts are likely to cost c£40 per shirt (subject to confirmation), a £20 deposit required & if there is sufficient demand an order could be placed by mid August with the shirts available towards the latter half of September. A name and / or number can be incorporated onto the shirt at no additional cost
A minimum of 12 shirts being ordered from Samurai will apply.
Anybody wishing to place an order please contact either Kevin or Sam Bailey with your details (shirt size) and a £20 deposit please.
Sizing: 32"= SB, 34"= MB, 36"= LB, 38"= XS, 40"=S, 42" = M, 44" = L, 46" = XL etc. Smaller sizes may be available so please contact Kevin Bailey for further information.
The Senior Squad preseason training programme has now been planned and commences on 4th June. The training programme can be viewed in the players area on the club Facebook page. Access to the page is controlled via club captain Ben Williams.
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Shop News - Club Hoodies
posted: April 08 2013
CLUB HOODIES - Following the success of the order placed before Christmas we have had a number of further requests for Club Hoodies. We are now taking orders and will be looking to place an order in August 13 so that the new orders are in ready for when the weather turns cold again !!. If anybody would like to place an order please see the shop section on the web site.
Hoodies are available in either Junior sizes - XSC - 24", Child - 26", Junior - 28", XSB - 30", SB - 32" MB- 34" @ 33.50 each (price subject to confirmation)
Or Senior sizes from LB - 36" to 5XL - 54" (!) in 2" increment sizes @ £40 each (price subject to confirmation)
AND Ladies sizes from 8 to 22 @ £40 each (price subject to confirmation)
The hoodies all come with your name, Initials. nickname or within reason anything else embroidered onto them.
A DEPOSIT OF £20 WILL BE REQUIRED WITH YOUR ORDER - SORRY - NO DEPOSIT NO HOODIE
ORDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE CLUB SHOP SECTION ON THE WEBSITE
If you want to place an order your details are required by the end of August
If you need further details contact either Kevin or Sam Bailey (see 'Contacts' section on the website)
Club Dinner Friday 10th May at Rhianos - Update
posted: March 20 2013
Following several requests for an early decision on the Club Dinner, it has been decided to hold the event on Friday 10thMay at Rhianos on Tonbridge Road. The event will follow similar format to last year.
The committee are keen to stress this is Club Dinner and is open to all members of the club, and whilst the players have been (and continue to do) putting in a great effort on the pitch, a significant number of people have been working hard off it as well as following the sides around the region to lend their support. Players please bear in mind this is a ‘whole club’ event. ‘ONE CLUB’.
Cost per head is likely to be the same as last year £20 per head (tbc) and the list is now available to put you name down (& PAY YOUR MONEY) at the bar; there will be no payment on the night.
There will be a one-off raffle on the night with all proceeds going to the club’s designated charity, RFU Injured Players Foundation.
Further details will be posted as they become available.
Tabernacle - Official Opening, Sunday 28th April
posted: March 17 2013
The Mote Sports Federation (The Mote CC & Maidstone Rugby)invite you to the official re-opening of the Tabernacle as The Mote Youth Sports Centre by the 3rd Lord Bearsted.
the day commences at 9:30am with a Colts Cricket match, this is followed by a two course lunch and at 2:00pm a Mote Cricket Chairman's XI will take on a Maidstone Rugby Chairman's XI in a 40Forty cricket match.
All are welcome to attend the day, and the bar will be open from 11:30am, should you wish to attend the lunch at £20 per head, then please contact Debbie Aukett on 07841 509045 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional details click here
Maidstone Rugby's Lions looking for a Sponsor
posted: October 24 2012
Maidstone Rugby's U13 are in their first year of Youth rugby and are looking for a sponsor. If you know of a company that might want to be part of their team then click here for more details.