MRFC News & Events


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Welcome to Maidenhead RFC's news and events page

There is lots going on at the club and here we hope to keep you up to date with what's coming up and reports on recent events.




Latest Reports
4th XV End of Season Report 2009-10
U10s at Brean Sands
U11s return from Brean with more silverware
U16s win Amersham & Chiltern 10s
U16Bs beat reinforced Reading As
U14s go Dragon Boat Racing
3rds push league leaders to the limit
Fair play to the U6s at London Irish Festival
U12s' competitive performance against Wallingford
U15 Rangers score 7 tries against Bracknell
U15s beat Bracknell despite mistakes

Maidenhead RFC U16 Argentina & Uruguay 2010 - Daily Tour Blog
After a massive fundraising drive and memorable evenings with Sir Ian McGeechan, Lawrence Dallaglio and Stuart Barnes, along with a new indoor tackling World Record, our tour is finally upon us.
Leaving on Thursday 8th July we are straight into action on Friday 9th with 2 matches against Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club. We then have a few days of local activities including working with a couple of orphanages before playing 2 matches against St Brendan's College, also in Buenos Aires. (St Brendan's will be visiting Maids in September).
We then travel to Rosario and play 2 matches against Universitario de Rosario before crossing the River Plate and heading for Montevideo where the final matches of the tour are against the Uruguayan national U16 and U17 sides. Hopefully all in one piece, we then cross back to Buenos Aires and fly back, arriving in the UK on 20th July.
We'll be posting match reports and updates as often as we can so please check our Daily updates here.

'400 Club' Winners for Jun
1st - S Egan
2nd - D Goodman
3rd - J Dance

As the rugby season draws to a close, summer Touch Rugby will be played at Braywick Park every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm onwards, starting on the 26th April. This is mixed, so men and women are welcome. Touch is a great way to stay fit and keep the skills up through the off season. If you would like more details, please email:

Carnival Time at Nicholsons Centre as U16s claim new World tackling record
The Nicholsons Centre at Maidenhead kindly acted as hosts to Maidenhead Rugby Club Under 16s Squad this Saturday as they continued their efforts to raise funds for their forthcoming Rugby Tour to Argentina & Uruguay in July 2010.
The boys decided to "tackle" the world record for the highest number of rugby tackles in 1 hour. (The official Guinness Book of World Records record for this event outdoors is 4130 tackles. On the 31 May 2009, The Nottingham Boots rugby team beat this record with 4489 but in June 2009, New Zealand teams from Wellington & Poneke amassed a total tackle count of 4852, though this is yet to be validated.)
As there is no current Indoor World Record, what better opportunity for the boys to show off their skills, fitness and tenacity in the centre of their home town by setting one, whilst using the outdoor record of 4852 as their target? The boys all raised sponsorship ahead of the event and decided that on the day a percentage of any money collected should go to Sports Relief. Full report and pictures here

Club General Manager
As some of you may know, Billy has accepted a new role outside the Club and so has stepped down as General Manager. His wife Teresa has kindly stepped into his shoes for the remainder of this season. We have already received interest from a number of people wishing to be considered for this role and would like to invite any other Club members to let us know if they are interested in applying for the GM role.
Please email me directly on or call me on my mobile before Thursday 25th March.

Help needed
I am pleased to report that the Clubhouse extension project has started and is on track. The plan is to get as much of the new external building work completed before the end of the season, then close while the internal work is carried out. The Clubs last rugby activities conclude on Sunday 25th April, and so I would like to ask for volunteers to help us clear out and pack up the Clubhouse fixtures, fittings, pictures, memorabilia and furniture on Monday 26th April.
If you are able to help please let me know by contacting me at or on my mobile, 07834 899788.

Clubhouse extension starting in March! - Message from the Chairman
I am delighted to report that after many months of design work and weeks of discussions we have now selected the prime contractor to undertake the Clubhouse extension project. With part of the funding coming from public sources the Club had to undertake a formal procurement process and the company that emerged on top is Beard Construction. I would like congratulate Beard, but also thank all of the other companies who submitted bids for the project and to Paramount for completing the design work.
The schedule of work starts week commencing March 1st when the storage cabins will be relocated to a temporary site, hoardings will be erected around the two new build areas each side of the entrance and a site depot for Beard will be set up to the left hand side of the entrance. Please note that the front entrance to the Club will remain open but the pathways either side of the entrance will be hoarded off and so all foot traffic will be directed to the path on the astro pitch side of the road. I would ask everyone to take extra care during this time as there will be a lot of pedestrian traffic crossing the road in front of the Clubhouse.
The plan is to complete the external building work before the end of the season then on Monday 26th April close the Clubhouse and start the major internal works. The Clubhouse will be fully closed until 20th June at which point some areas on the 1st floor will be reopened to allow some key functions to resume, namely pre season training, some lettings and our Youth training camps. The full refurbishment is due to be completed in mid August in time for the beginning of the new 2010-2011 season.
This is a huge achievement for the Club to be able to embark on such an ambitious project and I'm sure many members will have all sorts of questions regarding the project. As such I would like to invite all members to the Club on Thursday evening from 7.30pm for a chance to meet the Committee, review the plans and discuss the project. This will be an informal session but I hope we will be able to answer any questions you may have.
I would however like to address two issues that I believe are important to all members:-
The first is funding. One of the fundamental tenants of this project was that we would not take on any debt in order to fund this project. I can confirm that this is still the case. All of the funds necessary to complete this project have been raised independently of normal club operations and specifically for the purpose of a major capital project, for the lasting benefit of all members. We have a fully funded plan but it is important to understand that this money can only be used for this project, i.e. it cannot be used to finance general club operations. On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank all parties who have contributed money to this project, but especially the extremely generous individual members who have provided significant private donations - Thank You.
Secondly as mentioned earlier, some of the funding has come from a public source and as such the Club had to follow a formal procurement process to select the main contractor. However, now Beard have been appointed they would be happy to be contacted by any members with companies that could offer sub contract services for any of the works to be undertaken. If you have a company with products or services to offer please contact Craig Mitchell at Craig Mitchell .
This is a very exciting project and I hope you can join myself and the rest of the committee on Thursday evening.

MRFC awarded RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval
Maidenhead Rugby Club is proud to announce they have been awarded the RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval.
The pathway to the award followed weeks of intensive work from the club committee to demonstrate to the RFU they have built on the standard achieved in obtaining the Mini & Youth Seal of Approval in 2008.
By expanding to include all playing activity within the club we can now proudly show the local community we are a club that is fully inclusive.
The Seal of Approval and the Sport England Clubmark accreditation scheme are based upon a three-year rolling award system in which the club will be assessed on its continuing ability to provide a safe and effective club environment.
Maidenhead qualified by the completing and assessment file and the writing of a three-year development plan. By implementing the development plan, with an annual review, it will continue to be accredited and ensure continuous improvement in provision for the players at the club.
The award is indicative of the quality of provision the club offers, and its commitment to the continued development and growth of rugby. The club now displays certification to confirm accreditation, both from the RFU and Sport England.
Sean Egan, Director of Finance, who coordinated the club's submission said, "We are proud to have achieved the Seal of Approval, but as importantly, see this now as a springboard to enhancing the quality of the services we provide to our members and the wider community".

Year 5/6 TAG rugby competition
On Tuesday 23rd February 2010 Charters School Sport Partnership, in conjunction with Maidenhead Rugby Club, will be holding their Year 5/6 TAG rugby competition. The tournament will be hosted by Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Road, SL6 1BN. The first match will start promptly at 12:30pm with the final is due to finish at around 3:30pm.
London Wasps will also be in attendance to provide referee support via their Community Team.
Charter School Sports Partnership organises sporting events for 36 schools within Maidenhead & Ascot each year, aiming to encourage more young people to take part in sport or physical activity more often. Emma Fitzgerald, Partnership Development Manager said "This will be a true celebration of primary school rugby. Coaches from London Wasps Community Team have been working in a number of our schools in the lead up to this competition, and we are very happy to be working with Maidenhead RFC to be able to signpost those who are interested in continuing their rugby at an excellent local rugby club".
It is expected that some of the 350 children who regularly play in the Maidenhead RFC Mini Section each Sunday will be part of a school team.
The tournament will take the form of a group round, followed by a knockout round so each team will play at least 3 matches. All schools will enter a squad of 10 players, of which at least 3 are girls.
The top two teams will go on to represent Charters School Sport Partnership at the Berkshire County Final on Wednesday 24th March.
A further event for Year 3/4 children will be held on Tuesday 2nd March at Braywick.
All support for the events will be welcome.

U17s selected for the Berkshire U20 squad
2 members of the ever-improving U17 squad have been selected for the Berkshire U20 squad. Fly Half James Brooks and Winger Thomas Simpson have represented Berkshire U18 this season but were selected last weekend to play for the U20 side versus Oxfordshire along with Colts prop and Wasps Academy player Jamie Townsend.
The U17 have had further representative success with full-back and captain Mike Habgood being selected for the county U17 squad. Mike represented the county U18 team earlier this season. Also winger / fullback Matt Collins has also gained recognition for the first time in the Berkshire U17 squad.

U6-8s Christmas Party
The youngest members of the club again held their annual event in the clubhouse. The place was awash with well over 100 children all eager to enjoy the morning. With a willing and able body of parent volunteers we were able to ensure events ran smoothly.
For most of the morning we had the services of entertainer, Brekk Sarnie, who kept the children engrossed with his eclectic show ranging from a disco and magic show through to animal shape-making with balloons. For a full report click here

Wasps U12s Land Rover Premiership Trophy at Braywick 12th Dec
As part our Community Partner Club Scheme with London Wasps we will be hosting their U12s Land Rover Premiership Trophy event at Braywick.
This will involve 12 clubs including our own under 12s. All games will take place on the pitches located adjacent to the Rifle club.
The first game is due to start at 9.45am and will serve as an excellent pre-cursor to the Elite 1st XV game against Exmouth later in the day, so make a day of it and cheer on another MRFC side to victory!

All support would be welcome and highlights the superb working relationship that continues to grow and benefit both of our clubs. We have always been made to feel very welcome at Adams Park and regularly welcome London Wasps to Braywick.

Please check for all home fixture confirmation and also details of Wasps' 'A' Team games played at Henley Hawks RFC.

U11s in England Prep School trial

Three of MRFC's U11s - Ben Ward, Tom Ballinger and Jake Jenkins - were invited to trial for the South-East England Prep School Barbarians at Harrow School last month.
Invitation is made by a panel of school coaches of who have watched them at school matches over the season and 40 boys attended the initial event of tests and matches. Jake and Tom were subsequently selected to represent the South-east versus South-West Barbarians at a 40 minute match on a full size pitch at Millfield School last Sunday.
In a hard game on a wet pitch with several hundred spectators, the South-east won 26-0 and Jake scored a try. Selection was then made for a Southern England team to face the North at Rugby School, being held on 7th February. Jake has made it through again and been selected to play as centre.
Jake and Tom are wearing their school green and white socks in the photo.

Note from the Chairman
I am delighted to report that we have been able to buy some much needed equipment for our Physiotherapy room. We have just received our new Ultra-sound machine and are awaiting delivery of our new hydraulic rehabilitation bench. Hopefully this equipment will enable the Physio's to provide better treatment to our injured players and get them back to full strength and on the pitch sooner. The money to pay for this equipment came from the proceeds of last year's Ladies Calendar, plus a generous donation from one of our long standing playing members (You know who are - Thank You!).

I would like to thank everyone involved in last year's Calendar and hope we are able to produce an equally high quality one this year. If anyone has any ideas or themes for this year's Calendar, or wants to get involved please let me know.

Maidenhead hosts its annual Youth Tournament this Sunday where we expect around 3000 players and visitors to Braywick Park. We are delighted that O2 are the main sponsor this year and the London Irish community team will be supporting the event. I would like to thank this year's organising Committee led by Kieron Franks and Cameron Miller who I know have put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure the Tournament lives up to its well deserved reputation as one of the best Youth events in the Country. I would like to remind everyone that this event is hosted and organised entirely by volunteers from the Club, so if anyone is willing to help out on the day please let the organisers know. Your help would be much appreciated.

Finally I would like to wish all of our players success on the weekend, especially our Elite 1st team boys, who despite being the better team last Saturday, were robbed of a well deserved victory in the last minute. Good luck against Chippenham Lads!
John Wanklyn CEO & Chairman, Maidenhead Rugby Club

Online Payments launched
Forget old fashioned cheques and brown envelopes of cash given to Sean in the bar, you can now pay your annual subscriptions online via our new online payment system.
Currently only for membership but payments for events and other things will be added in due course.

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MRFC Supports Help for Heroes and Wooden Spoon

Maidenhead Rugby Club is proud to announce that this year we will be supporting 2 charities, Help for Heroes and Wooden Spoon.
Help for Heroes is in recognition of the outstanding work done by our forces all over the world, allowing us to live our lives to the full and free.
Help For Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help For Heroes was born and growing fast. A flurry of visits to various offices led to the campaign being blessed by the head of the army, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt.

Wooden Spoon is a children's charity founded in 1983 that is dedicated to helping underprivileged children and young people all over the UK and Ireland to live happier, richer lives.
We comprise over 40 regional volunteer committees as well as a central national team and we boast more than 10,000 members across the UK and Ireland. The regional committees undertake local fund raising activities and ensure that the money is spent on projects in their community so that the benefit of our work is always immediate, visible and lasting.
During our first 25 years, over half a million young people benefited from more than £15 million pounds of charitable support thanks to the efforts of our staff and volunteers. We are proud of our legacy, the work we do, and our ambitious plans for the future.

Maidenhead Rugby Club will be doing various fund raising events throughout the season for its two charities. Please keep an eye on the web site for these or donate directly through the above links.

Ryan Long in Wasps' 1st Team Squad against Dax
Our own Ryan Long was picked for the Wasps' 1st team squad playing against Dax in their 1st pre-season game. Link for match report is below.

Highly discounted season tickets for stand entry to ALL home matches.
Available from 15th August until end of September. From Jean Kingsley or behind the bar.


Maidenhead Rugby Club debuts new entertainment system for the London Irish Guinness Premiership final party

To help celebrate London Irish getting to the Guinness Premiership final for the first time in their Club's history, the community team led by Zoe Bishop contacted Maidenhead RUFC to ask if we wanted to host an Irish party to support the team for the final.
Zoe and Academy coach David Williams came to the Club and provided a whole pack of goodies to deck the bar out in Irish Colours. The Club looked fantastic and many thanks to Zoe and David for the effort and support you have given the Club this year.
After much anticipation I am also delighted to say that we were able to show case our new entertainment system that has been kindly provided by Audio Venue Ltd. The system includes 3 new 50 inch flat screens, upgraded signal quality to our main hall projector, a cabinet full of state of the art gadgetry and a sound system that can really get the Club rocking. There is also an integrated PA system that operates across all speaker zones including the stand.
We only decided to host the London Irish party on Tuesday and asked Nimish and the team from Audio Venue if they could get at least one of the new big screens operating by Saturday. Audio Venue rose to the challenge and completed installing all of the inside systems on Saturday afternoon. At 5.30pm, approximately 100 members and visitors were treated to watching the match on any one of 4 big flat screens, the main hall projector and with a sound quality that would rival any venue in Maidenhead.
I would like to thank Nimish and the Audio Venue team for this fantastic system and for pulling out all the stops to get it installed in time for last Saturday's match.
David Williams of London Irish commented that Maidenhead must now be the best venue to watch a Rugby Match in Berkshire, and hopefully will be joining us to watch some of the forthcoming Lions' matches.
Maidenhead RUFC will be open for all of the Lions' matches and we have organised specially themed events for each of the Test matches. There will also be a stamped loyalty card system in operation, whereby those who attend multiple games can recoup prizes (beer and food) . The more matches you come to, the more free beer and food you can enjoy. The new entertainment system is truly fantastic and will benefit the Club, our members and visitors for many years. Thanks again to Audio Venue and please come along and watch the Lions matches at the best venue in Berkshire.
John Wanklyn CEO & Chairman, Maidenhead Rugby Club


Clubhouse development plans

Since taking over as Chairman last year I have been discussing with the Main Committee and members of the Commercial Sub Committee the feasibility of extending and improving the facilities of the Clubhouse.  Like all large projects with multiple stakeholders, it is easy to either omit key requirements or allow the scope to become so extended that the project becomes impossible to deliver. Therefore it is extremely important that all members have an opportunity to provide input early in the concept stage to ensure that we have captured and appropriately prioritised all requirements.
In consultation with other Clubs who have undergone similar projects and with the help of a local design company we have produced the above set of drawings for you to consider and provide feedback.  I would reiterate that this is very early in the process and all we are trying to do is ensure that our scope of requirements accurately reflects the needs and opinions of the members.  The results of this consultation will need to be consolidated and a specific scheme drawn up for planning.  And last but not least we still need to raise the money to fund the project!
On this point, I am pleased to say that I have already received some provisional but significant pledges for money and assuming we can attract some external grants to match these amounts we should be over half way to funding a project of this scale.  This does however leave the other half to find and in this regard I would like to ask for your help:-
Maidenhead is an amateur, community Rugby Club, and our whole club ethos is built on the very best sporting qualities of teamwork, respect, honesty, commitment, friendship and winning.  I passionately believe these are excellent life qualities to coach into our youth and senior players alike, and this is why Maidenhead Rugby Club is such an important part of our local community.
As such we are seeking to raise the balance of funds from local businesses that have a vested interest in supporting a healthy local community.  The Commercial Committee has drawn up a list of local companies who we believe have the scale, reason and resources to potentially help us. 
If you work for a local business or have a strong personal connection with anyone who does, we would really appreciate it if you can provide a personal introduction for us to talk about our plans and ambitions here at Maidenhead.  To put this into context, we would only need 15 companies to become Silver or Gold sponsors at 5000 and 10,000 respectively, and our extension project becomes a reality.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you can introduce us to someone in your company who may have an interest in becoming a potential sponsor.
John Wanklyn
Chairman & Chief Executive


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