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  • Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 4 senior sides so can cater for whatever level you play at. So why not join us at the county town's senior rugby club.
  • Shirt Number & Matchball Sponsorship: Opportunities for the 2018-19 season contact Bob Hayton
  • 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.

20 Jun 18: Situation Vacant: Match Programme Coordinator

The club is looking for someone to take on the role of the Match Programme Coordinator which has been fulfilled by the same person for the past 13 years.  This is not a big task and involves assembling the programme at the start of the season (in coordination with the sponsorship manager) and ensuring that appropriate contributions are in place and submitted to the printers for each home fixture.  In essence that is 11 home matches plus whatever home fixtures the cup competitions throw up.

It is not all consuming, requires a degree of basic computer literacy (MS Word) and an ability to communicate and coordinate with Matt Ellesmere who produces the centre page insert.

If anyone is interested in helping spread the workload within the club in what is a small but important role in hosting home fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton for a full briefing on the role.

 

 

20 Jun 18: Situation Vacant: 1st XV Match Reporter

For pretty much the past 20yrs, amongst his other contributions to the club, Trevor Langley has reported on the 1st XV fixtures.  However the 2017-18 season was his last as he places the cap on his pen (or more pertinently in the computer age, slides his keyboard away) to spend more time with his family, particularly the grandchildren.

The club is looking for someone (or a group of people) to take on this task to ensure that regular match reports are published for both the local press and the club website. 

We are not looking for the next JRR Tolkien, or for that matter Stephen Jones or Nick Cain; just someone who is prepared to string a few paragraphs together that create an accurate and objective reflection of each fixture.

As previously said, this doesn’t have to be one person, it can be a role that is split amongst 2-3 people throughout the season.

Those willing to help out and make a contribution please contact a member of the committee.

07 Jun 18: Kent Cup Draw Sees Local Derby Clash

The draw has been made for the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup competitions, with the club competing in the Shield for the first time.  Of the 13 eleigible clubs at Ldn 2 & 3 level only seven have entered the competition so the tournament starts at the Quarter-Finals with one club receiving a bye.

Perhaps the most eyecatching of the fixtures is Maidstone's home draw against near neighbours Aylesford, adding another local derby to an already interesting season. Charlton Pk host a Dover outft that ended last season strongly, whilst Gravesend entertain newly promoted Ldn 3 (SE) club Beccehamians.

The full draw is as follows (fixture date tbc):

Maidstone v Aylesford

Charlton Park v Dover

Gravesend v Beccehamians

O Dunstonians v Bye

 

06 Jun 18: Players Meeting, Tuesday 12th June, 7:00pm

There will be a players meeting at the club on the 12th June @ 7:00pm.  The evening will consist of a presentation from the management and coaches as well as a chance to catch up and meet some new faces before training starts the following Tuesday. Food will be available on the night.

If you are new to the area or looking at moving clubs for whatever reason, then please come along. For catering purposes if you are a new player please contact Head Coach Mike Hebden via the website Contacts page prior to the evening so he knows you're attending and who you are.

we look forward to catching up with you all and laying out our plans for an exciting 2018-19 season. 

First training session will be Tuesday 19th June.

03 May 18: Maidstone Rugby are Recruiting

Ambitious London 2 (SE) club Maidstone Rugby are recruiting for the 2018-19 season and welcome all aspiring senior players to the county town, ambitious local players, or players moving to the area. Current players and coaches. Please pass this on to any of your mates/contacts who may be interested in playing at Maidstone next season, regardless of level/ability.The club is looking to strengthen the senior squad for the upcoming 1st XV league and cup campaigns as well as the Kent 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 please contact Head Coach, Mike Hebden (click here)

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 2 (SE) within the English Clubs Championship. 

In addition they have been the London & SE Division, RFU Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup Champions in the recent seasons in which they were eligible to enter, 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 (Welcome Gym).

The club's 1st XV currently play in London Division 2 (SE).

Currently the club runs 4 Senior sides and caters for players of all standards.  If you are a player looking to test yourself at a higher level in competitive rugby, or even just interested in club rugby in a more social and corinthian environment, then you are just the player we are looking for and we will have a team in which you can flourish.

05 Jun 18: Sponsors renew their support for next season

The club is pleased to announce that as we go into the closed season the club’s sponsorship campaign continues to progress, although work on the 2018-19 season started midway through this past campaign.

Circumstances have meant that Hospitality Finder have stepped aside as one of the club’s Platinum Sponsors although they will continue their support at some other level. Chief Executive Mike Dunderdale is keen to continue his support to the club but is currently unable to commit to a specific level, on that basis he had graciously allowed the club to progress other leads in order to be able to plan with some certainty.  With that in mind and following disussions with MD Nick Baster, the club is pleased to announce Maidstone based Logic CP as new Platinum level sponsors with a two year agreement covering the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. They join long term sponsors Cripps Law and also Millwood Designer Homes who have both renewed their support for the coming season.

At Gold level, long term sponsors Firmin Group, Britelite, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Alltask/Hehku, Oakley Capital and Sharpak Aylesham have also renewed their sponsorship along with Linton Fuel Oils. They are joined this season by Quinn Estates who are our development partners as we look to the future.

Silver level sponsors Shepherd Neame remain on board and discussions with ATAC Solutions are ongoing, but we say farewell to two long term supporters of the club in Sibley Pares and Morlings Solicitors, both companies that have shared a long standing personal and sponsorship connections with the club.

Discussions are ongoing with our Bronze level partners although currently Allsands Buildbase, CEMEX, Designer Contracts, Express Cars, Earl Street Employment, Maidstone Scaffolding and Topbond PLC have all renewed.

On the fitness front discussions are in progress as part of the club’s preseason training regime with Maidstone’s Welcome Gym (formerly Topnotch) to maintain their significant 'Benefit in Kind' contradeal arrangement with the county town club. 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 in assembling some new partnerships to enhance the level of physiotherapy support provided by the club,

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.

 

04 Jun 18: 2018-19 London 2(SE) League Fixtures Announced

The fixtures schedule for the new season has been published, somewhat earlier than usual and sees a division dominated numerically by Kent clubs who provide nine of the twelve clubs.  The machinations of promotion and relegation meant that there had been talk that Horsham had voluntarily level transferred across to Ldn 2(SW), this has proved not to be the case with Alleynians making the switch, as Maidstone will o[pen their league campaign hosting the Sussex club at The Mote on the 8th Sept. The following week sees the shortest away trip of the campaign across the M20 to Aylesford the following week for an early season local derby, with a home fixture against Charlton Pk and then a trip to Heathfield & W to round out the opening month.

The club website will be updated in due course, but in the meantime for full details of the fixture schedule click here

 

 

 

04 Jun 18: 500 Club Winners

Here are the winners for the 500 club end of season draw:

 

£100 - John Fuggle

£50 - Mike Hebden and John Fuggle

£30 - Mike Lawrenson

 

Join now for next season; you've got to be in it to win it!!

 

 

 

04 Jun 18: RBS Rugby Force: Sat 23rd June

The club will be participating in the RBS Rugby Force weekend again this year, there are a variety of odd jobs to do around the grounds to help the team get the pitches & surrounding areas ready for the new season. 

the main areas of emphasis this year are a major tidy up of the boundaruy fence along Willow Way, painting of the waste bins as well as some general tidying up.

Please bring garden implements along plus also strimmers and the like if you have them.  For those that have chainsaws, these would be very useful for a couple of jobs but any major use of these will be conducted by qualified persons.

Please come on down and feel free to bring some implements to assist in the general husbandry, as well as enjoy a laugh along with a cool beverage in the sun. 

 

 

 

13 Mar 18: Inter Club Cricket: The Mote v Maidstone Rugby, Sun 8th July

Inter Club Cricket Match

Plans are gathering pace for the cricket match between The Mote and Maidstone Rugby.

It is hoped it will be a fun day for everyone, the whole family can come along and you can even bring the dog.

There's still places available in the side being skippered by Dave Charlton. It doesn't matter about your ability, as you will get on the field.

Date: Sunday July 8th

Lunch: 12 noon

Start 2:00pm.      40 overs a-side

Cost £10 includes lunch and tea.

Please put the date in your diary, as it promises to be a pleasant way to spend a summers afternoon.

If you are interested in being part of the team, contact the team Captain Dave Charlton via email (click here)

 

18 May 18: 2018 Autumn Internationals

2018 sees there being four Autumn Internationals  in November, as England take on the big three from southern hemisphere rugby as well as Japan.  Fixture dates are as follows:

03 Nov v South Africa

10 Nov v New Zealand

17 Nov v Japan

24 Nov v Australia

Ticketing details will be available after the 30th May so keep an eye on the website for further details although as was the case with one of the fixtures last year, the match versus Japan is where we will have “unlimited” allocation and Junior (u15) tickets are available at £15 and the ticketing window for this fixture runs from 30th May until 30th August

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.  Whilst he closing date for bids is in 30th August, for the Japan fixture, it is the holiday period and it is requested that your bids are submitted to Steve by the end of July at the latest.

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Notices

Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: April 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.



Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: April 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.



Situations Vacant: Hon Treasurer
posted: March 21 2018

The club is looking for a volunteer to take over the role as Hon Treasurer, Steve Quinn the current incumbent is standing down at the end of the season after 4 years in the role.

During his tenure Steve along with Rob Lindsay during his period reviewing the clubs governance, has been instrumental in pulling both the club’s finances and also its financial administration onto a more level and practical footing which means that the job is no longer the onerous task it had been in the past.

Whilst the role is still key to the effective running of the club the club has a book keeper who deals with the day-to-day administration and relevant responsible parties to administer their budget lines within the overall club budget. 

However the role still requires the incumbent look after & oversee the finances of the rugby club and be fully aware of the financial position of the club at all times in order to keep the committee informed of financial trends and areas of concern, as well as authorizing expenditure.

If you are interested in helping the club in this important role please contact the club Chairman, Craig Tuffrey via the Contacts page of the websitte

For a full outline of the role please click here



Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball: 16th June 2018
posted: April 05 2018

We are hosting our annual Maidstone Rugby Club Summer Ball on the 16th June at The Village Hotel
Tickets are £50 and  include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, live music whilst we are eating and dancing to the brilliant band "The Choos"

We would love as many of you to join us for a great evening , whether you play for Maidstone , support Maidstone or just fancy a wonderful night out with friends .

Please contact Neil Cole or Maidstone Rugby Club .
Last year's Ball was a great night. See the montage (right)

 



Club Trade Directory
posted: June 06 2017

For a number of season’s the club has operated a Trade Directory page on the website and will continue to do so.  The aim of the directory is to provide a useful source for club members of professional and trades people within, or connected to the club.  After all, most of the time we all put greater trust in those that we know, rather than complete strangers.  In broad terms the directory is primarily a service for small businesses and the self-employed, although larger businesses won’t be excluded should they express an interest.

Entries on the directory are free for club members or a nominal £25 fee for non-members. All you have to do is provide the content in terms of text, any photos and your logo.  For further details please go to the Trade Directory page, you can also view current entries which will also provide a helpful template for the type of information to provide.

In addition, could those members who currently have entries in the directory please check as to whether they need updating and provide updated information as required.



Club Blazers
posted: July 21 2017

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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2012-2013 Archive
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Supporters Man of the Match

2018-19 London Division 2 (SE) 
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 Aylesford 0 0
2 Beckenham 0 0
3 Charlton Park 0 0
4 Deal & B 0 0
5 Dover 0 0
6 Gravesend 0 0
7 Haywards Heath 0 0
8 Heathfield & W 0 0
9 Horsham  0 0
10 Maidstone 0 0
11 O Colfeians 0 0
12 Thanet Wdrs 0 0

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Homeleigh
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Abacus Blinds
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Big Ben's
Burden Bros
CAPS Limited
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Cranbrook School
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JRB Roofing
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Knight Freeman
R E Knight Ltd
KST Foundation
Lashings
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The Safety Effect
TJ Kent Carpentry
Tryline Rugbywear
VX3apparel
Waterloo Acoustics
Oakfield

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Gist
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Topps Tiles
PBSol Ltd
PMC Soil Solutions
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