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20 Jun 19: Sad News: Kevin Murphy

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Kevin Murphy whose health has been steadily deteriorating over the last year few years

Kevin Joined Maidstone Football Club in about 1975 and played for the B and ExA teams where he took over the captain’s role for the ExA in 1977 and ran the side for 5 years. He was a founder member of the Vets team and played through until the 1990 season.

He was a very competent full back and his ability to confuse the opposition with his walking sidestep was a thing of beauty to behold. At full back, this put him in a great position, he thought, to advise the referee on his decisions and would let the ref know if he thought a mistake was made.

Off the field he knew where all the little back street pubs were with good real ale. He was the first person we knew to have a mobile phone albeit brick size, and would phone ahead to the restaurant and book us in, we were impressed.

An amazing character that leaves us with so many great memories.

Our thoughts are with Jo and family at this very sad time.

17 Jun 19: NatWest Rugby Force - Sat 22nd June

NatWest Rugby Force 22nd June

The club will again be participating in the Natwest Rugby Force weekend on the 22/23 June.  The aim this year is a major ground tidy up on the immediate pitch surrounds of the 1st XV pitch, but more importantly along the perimeter fence lines that surround the ground along the rugby boundaries.

When? Saturday 22nd June @ 10:00am

Where? The Rugby Club

What?  As mentioned above, the day is ground maintenance orientated.

How? The aim is to split into a number of teams each with specific roles. There are some paving slabs to be laid, weedkilling and strimming/brushcutting to be done and some paths & steps to be cleared, plus other odd jobs that need doing.

The day will be capped off with a BBQ and some refreshments.

What part do you play? Your participation is critical, there is significant work to be done and this is not a task that can just be left to the dedicated few who always turn up; whether you can spare the whole day, or just a couple of hours you participation is crucial to making this a success.  Those of you that have petrol driven strimmers or brushcutters, or even hand hedge cutters/loppers and other garden implements, then if you could also bring them along it would be appreciated. It is recommended that all participants bring a pair of gardening gloves.

The whole thing shgouldn't take too long and your help would be appreciated, remember, if you as members can’t be bothered to help out, then you end up with the club you deserve.

14 Jun 19: Veterans Captaincy Handover

 

After three years Neil Cole has stepped down from being the Veterans skipper. Neil worked tirelessly with his little black book of contacts to get a strong Veterans side out each week. Introducing the old favourites back of oranges at halftime and a pot of tea after the game, the Vets went from strength to strength. During the injury crisis of last year, they stepped up to help out up the club and even took some noticeable scalps along the way. Neil and his wife Sharon also worked behind the scenes to organise the Summer Balls for the club.

During his last season, Karim Neseyif was shadowing to take over the mantle as Captain. Karim has been around the club for several years, playing in the Barbarians before transitioning to the Veterans. The Veterans is the perfect, welcoming social side to fit into, if you want to get involved again with Rugby but feel the body perhaps cannot do what the brain is telling it to! They also run a cracking Tour every season, seeking out the finest ale establishments along the way.

The club wholeheartedly thanks Neil Cole for his great tenure and we look forward to seeing Karim at the helm.

13 Jun 19: Coaching Announcement

The club is pleased to announce the recruitment of George Flatman as Lead Coach for next season. George will take on the role from July onwards, inclusive of roles as both our Forwards Coach and player. Dave Charlton's role will continue as Backs Coach.

George has been coaching since the age of 14 years old, running sessions at Canterbury Rugby Club and coaching in a number of schools. He is a Level 2 coach in both rugby and cricket and is working towards his Level 3 in rugby. He has a degree in Sports Coaching Science and was President of St Mary's Mens Rugby from 2015 to 2017, where he increased the number of qualified coaches from 11 to 56 and worked closely with the RFU to deliver targets for the club. More recently, he has been Player Coach at Thamesians RFC, where he coached both the men's and the newly formed women's teams. George is also a Coach Educator at the Bank of England Sports Club where he helps to make parents more effective coaches.
 
Pete Barford commented, "Both Dave Charlton & myself are excited at the prospect of working with George, not only for what he will bring as a coach with new ideas and a fresh approach, but also for what he will add as a player. We had a long and in-depth discussion at the end of which I was convinced that he will make a big difference at the club. George significantly impressed at training at the end of last season and I was aware of his previous coaching work, hence the meeting. He has a confident way about him, is an excellent communicator and has refined observation skills".
 
The club would like to thank those members who stepped up and showed an interest in the role.

 

10 Jun 19: Latest 500 Club Winners

 

Here are the latest winners of the 500 club draws.

April
£100 Steve Matthews
£50   Barry Topple
£50   Nic Cracknell
£30   James Findlay
 
May
£100 Steve Vincent
£50   Tom Challis
£50   James Findlay
£30   Paul Ehrhart
 

 

05 Jun 19: One Year Lookahead - Discussion 25 June 7.30pm

 
On Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm Pete Barford will discuss his One Year Lookahead plan that has been approved by the club. 

Any member of the club is welcome to come along to listen and then ask any questions about the plan.This is the perfect forum at the club to discuss the direction of playing and integration.

28 Apr 19: AGM Notice - Thursday 25th July

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Maidstone Rugby will take place at The Mote on Thurs 25th  July 2019 at 8:00pm.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM and details of the agenda for this year’s meeting will be posted here in due course.

If any members have any points, topics or questions to be raised for discussion they should be submitted to the Hon Secretary in writing by Sunday 30th June 2019 in order that appropriate actions and responses can be prepared.

Please make every effort to attend and have a say in the running of your club.

07 May 19: MFC Youth Academy & Structure

 

The club is pleased to announce the start of the Youth Academy at Maidctone FC. These changes are being introduced as part of the One Year Look ahead plan from Director of Rugby, Pete Barford.

Academy Coach

Under the direction of of the D.o.R. the club is pleaseed to announce the appointment of Mick Walker as the Academy Coach for next season. 

The Academy will be formed of players from next season's U16s, U17s and U18s, based on what Pete has seen last season in terms of potential, character and attitude. 'In the future, I believe that it should be the case that every player from the relevant age groups should aspire to be part of the Academy' said Pete. 'The formation of an Academy will allow youth players to build together, establish new relationships and be coached outside of the 'comfort' of their own age group'. As for his choice to kick start the future, Pete said 'Mick was an obvious choice to me and having spoken a number of times to him about his passion to coach again, Mick showed the enthusiasm required plus he has the credentials to deliver the role'. Mick has an extensive and varied CV, with notable success with the Army U21s, who were undefeated for three years under his tenure, periods at North Walsham in National League and then Sheppey. He was also involved in the development of the successful Aylesford Ladies team and more recently the all conquering Mustangs team from two seasons ago, which now forms the core of the current 1st Team. 

Discussions have taken place with the Head Coaches from the relevant age groups and the Youth Chairs about the introduction of the Academy and the concept has been positively received. 

An initial group of 25 players will be selected within the next week and a meeting held with them prior to the start of next season to discuss expectations.

School & University Liaisons

Separately, Pete has made two further appointments that close some loopholes he identified from his knowledge of the past and the time he has had during last season as both Youth Rugby Manager and covering for Director of Rugby.

Jamie Mills will become the University Players Liaison and will provide a link with all players going to university from the club. Jamie will be setting up a database covering future university players and also looking to capture information relating to those who are already at university. Pete commented 'We need to be spot on in the way we deal with those who go on to further their education and make them feel that they are still very much part of the club'. He added 'It also does not make any sense that someone as capable and successful in his time within the Youth Section as Jamie is no longer involved with the club'.

The final appointment is Gavin Allwright as Schools Liaison. Gavin has already done a lot of work with a number of schools over the last two seasons but his role will be a broader one based on the relationships with schools established last year by Pete. Pete commented ' Gavin is a big character and he is a smart thinker and we need to be smart when we deal with schools as opportunities for both contributing to player development and recruitment clearly exist'. Gavin will also continue to be part of the coaching set up for the Colts team next season.

30 Apr 19: Fat Boys Training 2019

The ever popular "Fat Boys Training" returns for the summer, on Saturday June 1st at 11am on the Somme - and guess what?  You don't need to be fat to attend - or even a boy for that matter, but you do need to be 16 or over. 

Hosted by the never popular Shaun Neaves, you can be sure he will put you through considerable discomfort in the interests of making you a better, fitter and more committed rugby-player - and human-being (which are not entirely incompatible objectives).

He advises that you should bring water and boots and, in the interests of decency, clothing of some description.

 

25 Apr 19: A Word From Our New Director Of Rugby

Firstly, I would like to thank both Andy Golding and Craig Tuffrey for the support I have had during last season. Andy, in particular, has given me an insight into the running of the club and how to conduct oneself. Little did I know that my role as Youth Rugby Manager would end up by the end of the season as being one that is encapsulated in the role of Director of Rugby at the club. However, incorporating one into the other makes a lot of sense for the future.

 
I am proud to have been given the chance to bring change and success. Anyone who knows me and knows my past will be able to confirm that I will be totally focused on delivering success for the club, starting from the Youth Section.
 
The club is already in receipt of my One Year Lookahead, which includes some accelerated change. This will be presented to club members before the start of next season but it is true to say that the work has already started. The plan emphasises the start point, which is the Youth Section, and then goes on to cover the Senior Section and finally Culture & Standards.
 
As for the team of coaches I have inherited, I feel that we have a good balance of skills and effective communication styles. Having observed for the first part of the season and then had some involvement for the second part of the season, I believe I know what needs to be done for next season. I am meeting the coaching team and associated team members on Monday 29 April to discuss next season and the future.
 
And finally, for the playing members at the club, I am sure we all want success plus a bit of fun on top. An emphasis on the One Great Club message is the only way forward.
 
Pete Barford

 

17 Jan 19: Junior Fixtures Coordinator Required For Next Season

After doing such a stellar job of the Junior fixtures, Craig Rixon will need to step down at the end of the season due to work commitments. The club is truly thankful to Craig for his fantastic efforts in coordinating the youth games.

This means that as of next season, the club wil need a new Youth Fixtures Coordinator. In the role, you’ll be responsible for organising rugby fixtures for all age groups within the Maidstone Youth section. Players will rely on you to ensure the fixtures provide the right standard of rugby, reflecting the needs of each age group. As it’s all about playing rugby, it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be a rugby club without you.

Ideally, you’ll need to be:

  • Well-organised & Conscientious
  • Good at communicating
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Knowledge of Excel 
  • Familiarity of Maidstone Youth Section volunteers and lead Coaches would be helpful but not necessary

The role is not as daunting as it sounds and we guarantee that you'll receive the gratitude of the players, coaches and supporters alike. You’ll be the source of all knowledge about upcoming matches, keeping the season alive and on schedule. The skills needed to do this role are transferable to any walk of life, so having something like this on your CV is attractive to potential employers.

A full role description can be found here.

23 Nov 18: Sponsorship Role Vacancy

After 14 years long service and an incredible amount of money gained for the club, Bob Hayton will be stepping down as Sponsorship Officer at the end of the season. Over the years Bob has built up a network of relationships that have benefitted the entire club. From shirt sponsors to Mike Tindall & Lawrence Dallaglio visits, his efforts have reaped such reward for the club. With his everyday work load becoming more pressing, coupled with the multiple hats he already wears for the club, he has reluctantly decided to pass one of hits hats on.

The club is obviously looking for a replacement as soon as possible. Bob will be on hand to help transition the existing relationships across to the new incumbents. With the groundwork laid over so many years, maintaining these relationships is key, but should not be to arduous if picked up quickly.

This is not a role that needs to be filled by one person and we do have a couple of volunteers willing to help out. However, the club still desperately needs a lead in which to coordinate the tasks and oversee the role. The club is also looking to offer a commission base for the Sponsorship role as an incentive to any and all volunteers willing to help the club.

If you are interested in coming on board, then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance.

The only thing left to say is to thank Bob wholeheartedly for his efforts and persistence throughout his tenure, which without, the club could be in a far different place.

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Notices

Annual Awards Dinner
posted: March 21 2019

The 2018/2019 annual awards dinner will take place on Thursday 18th April, the day before Good Friday. This year it emanates from the Cornwallis Suite, which is part of the Maidstone Masonic Center.

The event is open to all members to be part of as we toast the season and then hand out the coveted awards. The doors open at 7pm on the night at a cost of £25ph, payable at the clubhouse bar no later than April 2nd.

We hope you can join us for this very special night in the calendar.



Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 08 2018

 

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 and in many respects the sale of perimeter boards is 'treading water' as opposed to increasing sales. 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 upcoming closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is also 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.



Online Physio Appointment Booking
posted: October 03 2018

The club will be launching a new online booking system for the Physio department at the club.

The intention is to help the team plan clinics and also help make sure that everyone can be seen in a timely fashion. The priority on Thursday will go to senior players looking to play games on the Saturday, but the booking system will help make scheduling an appointment easier. The online system will be trialled until Christmas.

A booking link will be added to the club’s website and also to the clubs Facebook players page, for members to book. Please remember that treatments are for paying members and you maybe refused service if you are not paid up.



Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals (Pre RWC 2019)
posted: December 03 2018

Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals

The Summer 2019 Quilter Internationals purchase window opens at midday on Tuesday 4 December. These tickets are not being distributed through the usual RFU allocation system and must be booked directly by the individuals/groups concerned.


England will play two matches at Twickenham and one match at St James Park, Newcastle.

  • England v Wales - Sunday 11 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
  • England v Ireland - Saturday 24 August 2019 (Twickenham) KO: TBC
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Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

£80

2*

£60

3*

£45

4*

£25

* A junior concession is available on categories 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

England v Italy - Friday 6 September 2019 (St James Park) KO:TBC

Price Category

Price

Premium

£90

1**

£70

2**

£45

3**

£25

**A junior concession is available on categories 1, 2, 3 & 4 at £15.

Payment for all tickets must be made by credit and debit card. There is a £3.50 service and delivery charge per transaction.

To access the RFU booking portal please click here



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: August 07 2018

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.



50% Off Your Playing Membership
posted: June 29 2018

As part of our recruitment drive, the Club is offering a massive 50% discount off of your senior playing membership. All you need to do is recruit a friend to come and play for Maidstone. Once they are a signed up and a fully fledged playing member, the club will discount the last 6 months of your membership.

This season we are eligible again to take part in the RFU Intermediate Trophy, which has the final played at Twickenham. The last time we entered was 2015, where we saw off stiff competition from Diss and Coney Hill to set up the final at Twickenham against Bridgenorth. The rest as they say, is history.

Memories of that day can be found here, and it is something we hope to experience again.

For more information, please speak to Director of Rugby Andy Golding, or Head Coach Mike Hebden.

 



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2018

The last batch of club blazers was ordered and delivered over 2 years ago (2013) and there have been expressions of interest in obtaining a blazer from various quarters throughout the past season.  The club is prepared to assemble another order but you should be informed that the minimum order quantity is 20 and the last order took c2 years to assemble.  Therefor if you put your name forward please be aware that this will not be a rapid process.

Members interested in ordering a blazer should forward their names to Bob Hayton and include what size they require; sizing is based on the standard M&S blazer sizes (i.e. 42R, 42L etc) although minor adjustments can be made such as extra or shorter sleeve length

Please note that given that it took c2-years to assemble the order for last batch of blazers this batch is therefore expected to be the last order for the foreseeable future, so if you don't order one, you may well miss the boat!!

 





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