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01 Jul 20: Detling Development Update

 

The recent Maidstone BC announcement confirmed that PBA Stantec have carried out an initial phase 1 assessment of sites against broad national policy, seeking to exclude sites from national designations such as AONB and flood risk.  They are now carrying out phase 2 work on sites that made it through phase 1.  The Phase 2 assessment will consider deliverability/viability, timing and suitability of the sites as well as whether it meets a spatial growth that strategy members will support.  At this point, if sites drop out at this point, the phase 1 sites will then be able to be tested for the phase 2 assessment.

Members have made clear at public meetings that they want the ability to reconsider phase 1 sites.  The council are aware that a number of the phase 2 sites – Leeds Langley, Marden & Lenham Heath for example have significant infrastructure constraints, phasing issues and raise severe public objection. All of which will be taken into account in the phase 2 assessments by Stantec and by Officers and Councilors who are working on their preferred growth strategy, which opens the opportunity for sites which were excluded in phase 1 to be re-considered, including Binbury Park.  Quinns remain confident that Binbury park can come back in at this next phase. 

01 Jul 20: AGM Adjournment

 

During the recent events taking hold, the RFU has set out guidance for club AGM’s.

It was discussed about having the AGM virtually. However, many people have appeared reticent. There are several platforms available but holding what could be a large gathering will be hard to administer to ensure everyone can share any comments that they wish. There can be gremlins in people’s systems which may mean they are unable to attend. The committee is also working through Graham Norton’s report in conjunction with financial planning for the foreseeable as we plan to hopefully come out of lockdown. With committee members committed to continue for the upcoming season, it would be prudent to focus on the background tasks during these unprecedented times.

On the guidance of the RFU and in line with our constitution, the AGM is to be adjourned until a preliminary date of September 16th 2020. It is hoped that by then, the club will be able to host the AGM, even with smaller social distancing practices in place.

Further details will follow, along with the club annual report.

29 Jun 20: MFC 1880 Challenge: A Huge Success

Coach and VP David Charlton went to the Chairman with an idea of asking the club & supporters to join in with a fun, money raising challenge. The premise was for people to pledge kilometres towards an overall target of 1,880km, in honour of the club's birth year and raise sponsorship along the way. The hope rather than expectation was that we would beat this target, but if possible, stretch to 1,880 miles. To help kick things off, GSV Land & Planning LTD made the first step by sponsoring the event with money towards new training balls for the senior section, as well as a whiteboard for coaching.

The stage was set for Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of June with clement weather predicted. Members and supporters dusted off their trainers, hiking boots, cycles and exercise bikes and began the journey. From Maidstone to Margate, from the banks of the Thames to the far reaches of Kent, the club and its supporters began. There were swollen ankles, broken chains, sore knees, wobbly legs, flat tyres and even flat batteries, but still they ploughed through. People continued to inspire others, whether it was the likes of 1st XV prop Will Fox racking up an impressive 100km in one sitting, to the likes of President Paul Ehrhart along with VP's Jerry Sargent & Alan Hayward walking to Tonbridge, or even children as young as five.

The club is delighted to report that not only did they smash the 1,880km target, but went onto smash the stretch target of 1,880 miles. The official grand total sits at 3,300km or 2,051 miles trekked for this great club. The sponsorship monies continue to pour in for support of one of the oldest clubs in the world. As an added bonus, for every £140 hit by an individual with their personal sponsorship, that person will receive £10 in drinks tokens. Whenever the season starts.

It goes onto prove that standing united, the good of all people can rise up. With each person doing their part, it inspires others, working as one to achieve what was thought to be a faint possibility. This is what a community club exists for and the club wholeheartedly thanks all those that played a part.

26 Jun 20: MFC Rugby Return Update

 

Following the RFU review yesterday, there are a range of 2020/21 competition models that can be applied at different season start dates as and when it is deemed safe to return to play. This would be deemed at Stage F of the below graphic. The models allow for any potential interruption in the season as a result of Covid-19, while providing clubs, schools, colleges, universities and players with a framework for meaningful competitive rugby with greater flexibility to enable games to be played.  

The models were developed by two working groups; one for the adult game and the other for age grade rugby with the outcomes approved by the RFU Governance Committee last week. Each group has considered player welfare, flexibility in response to Covid-19, adaptable models that prioritise local matches early in the season to reduce travel, support club revenue, and maintain player participation. Headlines for each area of the game and potential models can be found here.

Preseason training for the seniors has been cleared to start on July 7th, following the guidelines set out in the below graphic.

Today, the Chairman met with the licensee for the grounds, senior Mote members & our Chair of House to discuss the clubhouse reopening. Progress has been made and a risk assessment planned ahead of reopening. Further details will follow in due course, following the second meeting planned on July 7th. 

23 Jun 20: Maidstone Face Masks UPDATE

In conjunction with our kit supplier VX3, the club will soon be able to provide Maidstone facemasks for our members and supporters. There will be two designs to choose from either the traditional match shirt style, or the sleeker contemporary style of black and red. Soon you will be able to keep safe and look good doing it!

These masks are on order and expected in 3 - 4 weeks. The cost will be £7 each with £2's of every sale being used on sanitiser for the club, as well as towards other costs that maybe associated with making sure we can re-open safely. Initial supply is limited to 100 in the first instance due to financial outlay. However, if you are interested, please contact the Admin Team at MaidstoneRFC@outlook.com to register your interest to help gauge numbers.

25 Jun 20: Social Media Activity


You may have noticed more social media activity from the club over the past several months. Early statistical analytics suggested a much wider presence of MFC. If you don't already, why not follow the club on Facebook, Twitter & the recently renewed Instagram.

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You can also stay in touch via the Newsletter that runs every month during the season. There is however a planned edition emailed to members on July 1st. If you don't receive it and want to be added to the subscription list, please email MaidstoneRFC@outlook.com

25 Jun 20: MFC Welcomes Strength & Conditioning Coach

23 Jun 20: Oakley Renews Gold Level Sponsorship

14 Jun 20: Senior Coaching 2020/2021


Despite lockdown making the start of the season unknown as of today, the club has still driven forward with its plans. The Senior Coaching Team for next term has been confirmed and we are delighted to announce the new structure.

DOR & Head Coach : Steve Oram
Steve as part of his DoR role will also be working as our head coach, to ensure the playing plans are being delivered along with coaching team to the entire squad looking to play up the club. 
 
Forwards Coach:  Chris May
Chris has coached at various clubs in the past, as well as being a fantastic player on the pitch for the Veteran XV. A popular member of the club with a drive to deliver his experience makes him a great choice as forwards coach. 
 
Backs Coach:  Jason Smith
Jason is one of the surviving players from the triumph at Twickenham and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is also studying his coaching degree at university. His knowledge of the leagues, the club and players makes him an invaluable asset. 
Jason will also be working as coordinator for the youth players as they progress to senior level. 
 
Skills & development Coach: Dave Charlton
Needing no introduction, club legend Dave Charlton continues on the coaching team for next season. Dave will focus more on skills development as he shares his expertise to add more dimension to our game. 
 
S&C Coach: Tom Ireland
Tom has represented Plymouth Albion, the Launceston All Black team, as well as being part of an England u18 squad. Tom is a qualified Rugby coach previously involved with both the Harlequins and Saracens academies. He is a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach, as well as finishing off his Level 4 in Nutrition Management / Athletic Performance qualification.
 
Lead Physio: Caroline Surtees
Caroline will continue as our lead Physio. Caroline is now also involved with Kent Ladies making her a popular and well versed lead. 
 
As part of the continued coaching, Club Captain Shaun Neaves will be on hand in getting our scrum going forward, and Richard Parker will be providing some invaluable assistance in maximising our success at the breakdown.
 
New & returning players, as well as committed players for next season will be announced in the next few weeks. At this time the DoR would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those (a massive majority) who have committed to the club for next season.

12 Jun 20: MFC Update:

Over the past few months the club officers have been able to ensure the clubs short term financial future. The Chairman has been working internally with the committee on the plans going forward for the new season. 

Further individual announcements will be coming over the next few weeks. Here is what to expect;

Playing

The new DoR Steve Oram, along with the coaching staff have been working on player retention. In the next few days, announcements will be coming for new and returning signings. 
The club is also close to securing a strength & conditioning coach for the season ahead. 

Sponsorship

The sponsorship team headed by Trevor Marvin have been working hard despite the difficult climate. Two deals are close to being announced as we look to secure further finances for the future. 

Marketing

The club is looking to streamline its communications through various platforms, as well as look to update the website. This work is ongoing and should begin to be seen over the next few months. 

Mote CC relationship

The relationship with the Mote is the strongest it has been for many years. The new lease is ready for signing & the club will be looking to engage with the Mote on some joint ventures for the benefit of all members. These could be delayed due to the current economic climate.

Club report by Graham Norton

The committee thanks VP Graham Norton's unbiased report of the state of the club. Having reviewed the document, the committee were pleased to hear of no negative comments directed at the running of the club. However, good ideas were raised which are already in the pipeline to improve and keep us moving forward. The committee will review the report with Graham Norton in more detail. First and foremost, the committee would like to thank Graham for his passion, thoroughness and efforts, as well as all those that took part in constructive ideas and thought sharing with regards to the club  

The club remains in good health and in a good position to continue with the rebuilding project to return us to more prosperous times. 
 

More to follow...

22 Apr 20: MFC’s Note To The NHS

Sports clubs around the nation still has people working to ensure things are ready to go at the start of the season. Many additional precautions and government guidelines are being followed to make sure everyone stays safe whilst doing so. 

Today, our very own Martin Maytum, groundsman by trade, as well as servant at Twickenham, took sometime to post a special message. 

From MFC to the NHS; THANK YOU!

24 Mar 20: Club Blazers Delivery Confirmed

The delivery of the blazers will be later this week. The supplier has been working hard to ensure that the delivery was in time for the Veterans tour, which has unfortunately been delayed for obvious reasons. 

We understand that payment for the blazers could be difficult at this time, so we can offer a payment extension to 15th September to those that have ordered. The total sum as disclosed before is £156. For delivery, please contact the Admin team or wait until we can re-enter the clubhouse.

You can do a BACS transfer to the club account using the details below.

Account name: Maidstone Rugby Club

Account # 00062872

Sort Code: 30-95-37

Ref: YOUR NAME & 'Blazer'.

 

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Supporters Man of the Match

A better performance again against a very good side. The result of the Twitter poll named prop Louis Frost as the Biddendens Supporters MoTM. 

2019-20 London Division 2 (SE) 
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3 Old Alleynians 16 51
4 Crowborough 16 49
5 Charlton Park 15 48
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