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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

U17s in Wales 2011
Under 14s' Tour to Tenby
1st XV lose tough encounter at Old Redcliffians
4ths gain promotion at Aylesbury
Colts impressive victory over Amersham
U13Bs win thriller with Tadley
Good quality game for U13s against John Hampden
U12s 'chipper' at Chippenham
Ladies back to winning ways v Bracknell
Comic Relief game Boys v Girls
Impressive U9s finalists again
U6s' first competitive tournament at London Irish
U7s win London Irish Tournament
Excellent performance for U8s at Chippenham


Maidenhead RFC in Rugby World

Maids feature prominently in Stephen Jones's column in this month's Rugby World. Steve interviews John Wanklyn and discusses the issues around paying players at our level and the financial implications of promotion to the National leagues.
The article can be downloaded here (Page1&2 Page3&4)or you could go out and buy Rugby World.

MURFC 'Alumni' in Twickenham BUCS Final Victory

Joe Thomas (left) and Guy Sears (right) both played in the Durham University side against UWIC at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Final in Twickenham on Wednesday 27th April 2011. After trailing for much of the game Durham eventually came back to defeat UWIC by 25 points to 23. The victory came after a tense game with Durham winning with a try in the last 15 minutes and a penalty in the last 3 minutes.

This victory makes Durham, arguably, the best University side in the country. The side is undefeated this season - including a win against Cambridge University for the first time in 10 years (they did not play Oxford this year).

Joe has played for Maidenhead Juniors, Berkshire Juniors, Colts and 1st XV, he has also played for County Durham and was 'capped' by them after the team of which he was a member the national County Championship Plate in 2009. Guy has played for Maidenhead Juniors and Colts, Berkshire Juniors and County Durham U20s. Both attended Reading Blue Coat School and played for the 1st XV there.

Tom Guest donation to Maidenhead RFC

On Friday 8th April 2011 a contingent of 14 volunteers, players and parents from the MRFC Youth section descended upon Harlequins' Stoop Memorial Ground to receive a donation of playing equipment from one of its famous old boys, Tom Guest.

Tom was recently awarded the Man-of-the-Match award whilst playing for Harlequins in a recently European Challenge Cup match. The sponsor, Amlin Insurance, set aside around £1,000 of equipment for Tom to donate to a rugby cause of his choice. Maidenhead RFC was chosen as the recipient.

In addition to receiving complimentary tickets for their match against London Wasps, the group were invited to form the guard of honour, and at half time took part in a special presentation on the pitch.

Julian Rainford, Director of Youth Rugby at Maidenhead commented 'We are grateful for Tom remembering his old club in this way and take the opportunity to thank him for his kindness. The players who attended enjoyed their time at The Stoop.'

'400 Club' Winners for March

1st Peter Prior
2nd J Welch
3rd Tony Doolan

Mike Dance

Following a very short battle with Pancreatic Cancer Mike Dance sadly passed away on Friday 1st April surrounded by family. Mike had a long association with the club and was Club Steward for many years.
The service for Mike will be held at St Lawrence Church, Waltham St Lawrence at 2pm on Friday 15th April, followed by a brief service at Caversham crematorium. We will then be gathering at Maidenhead Rugby Club to celebrate the life of Mike Dance (the Silver Fox).
As Maidenhead Rugby Club formed such an integral part of our Mike's life, the family would welcome all of the Maidenhead RFC family to attend both service & celebration.
The whole club sends their condolences to the Dance family.
Family flowers only. Donations to Pancreatic Cancer UK at

Congratulations to the U15s

U15 A and B teams were both crowned Berkshire Youth League champions after wins at Newbury under lights on Friday. The A team were top of Div1 and the B Team topped Div 2.


Maidenhead Rugby Club held a charity game between their Men's and Ladies' teams for Comic Relief last week.
It was a real family occasion with an age range from six to forty-six, and with many of the club's minis and juniors also involved.
Making up the Men's side were various representatives of all four senior teams, including Chief Executive John Wanklyn who showed off his pace.
In a light-hearted game of touch rugby, the Boys were only permitted to run 10 metres at a time with the ball! With many interested spectators watching, the Girls ran out winners by 5 tries to 2.
Ladies player Helen Evans, who initiated the idea and also raised money herself for Comic Relief with a baked bean eating challenge afterwards, said: "I'm delighted so many took part and also watched - it was a really fun evening for a really good cause. It will be even bigger and better next time!"
More pictures in the report here.

Maidenhead Under 14s Tackle a big challenge!

Members of Maidenhead RFC Under 14 Squad faced up to a big challenge this Sunday at Braywick. As part of the fund raising effort for their forthcoming tour to Tenby this spring. Boys had collected sponsorship pledges in the hope of completing 2000 tackles in one hour. Each tackle included a 10 metre run up and a tackle of a heavy weight tackle tube bravely held by parent volunteers. On the hour the grand total was a massive 2685, smashing the target.
Head coach Dave Morgan said "this was a great event and I am very proud of all the commitment shown by the boys during the challenge..they actually went faster towards the end. It was a great opportunity for the parents to get involved on the day and I would like to thank all the volunteers.
If anyone would like to sponsor or donate to our tour please contact our manager at"

Maids' players selected for Berks U20 squad

Congratulations to Elliott Brown and Colts Jamie Townsend, Jack McNally and James Brooks on selection for the Berkshire Under 20 squad.
The squad will play 3 matches in February and March

Welcome to our new home

After many years of the Advertiser hosting our website we have a new home kindly arranged by John Langstone at Enigma Marketing. Hopefully the transfer will be seamless and if you are reading this then it probably has been!

Ladies Team First Fixture

Maidenhead's Ladies Team has their first fixture on Sunday 12th Dec against Oxford at home. Kick off 2pm.
Captain Louise Walker says "Thank you to everyone in advance for all your support and assistance, we are certainly very excited about our first little outing and the clubs co-operation and support is much appreciated."
Come down and cheer them on.

BodyZone Braywick Gym offer

The BodyZone gym at Braywick would like to offer all members of the rugby club a huge discount on their gym membership. For just £10 per month you can have full access to the 45 station at BodyZone Braywick, which normally costs £19.99 per month. The offer is subject to the gyms terms and conditions and is open to rugby club members aged 16 years and over. To take full advantage of this offer, simply produce your rugby club membership card and book an induction at BodyZone Braywick gym reception.
If you require more details please email Tim Grove on

Theresa May opens refurbished Clubhouse

HOME Secretary Theresa May opened the newly extended and refurbished clubhouse on 15th October and praised the club for the 'imaginative' and 'amazing' transformation.
The whole club house has been refurbished top to bottom. The new changing rooms have en-suite showers, and the whole place just looks brand new.
With funding for the £400,000 project from private donations and help from the RFU the smart new transformation includes upgraded male and female cloakroom facilities, disabled access as well as improved social areas, function rooms and bar. Work to build the clubhouse began in April after 'very generous' benefactors paid for the majority of funding and CEO John Wanklyn was also able to top that up with a grant from the Rugby Football Union.
President Keith Lawton welcomed everyone to the opening and outlined the club's achievements and future plans. Nick Bunting from the RFU spoke about the RFU's support and recognition of Maidenhead's achievement. Mrs May complimented the club owners and contractors for finishing the project on time and to budget and formally cut the ribbon.
Completed one week early and on budget the extension and refurbishment work was undertaken by award winning contractor Beard who specialises in new builds, restorations and refurbishments. Typical projects range from £10k to £10m. To learn more about what Beard can do please email or ring 01865 860000. See the news on their website.

More pictures in the Gallery

Wasps support Youth Tournament

Our tournament this year was supported by the London Wasps Community Team, with their famous mascot, "Stinger" giving all of the players great encouragement during the day. Wasps players Jack Wallace & Christian Wade present trophies and medals to some of the winning teams. Wasps own report on the visit can be found here.
Full results of the Youth Tournament on 10th October are now available on the Tournament web page.

Youth Section News and Welcome Pack

We are delighted to see the new season under way.
The feeling of seeing so many of our youth players returning to Braywick for rugby sessions is hard to describe.. All indications are that the numbers within the mini section will increase which is a testament to the reputation for social development and coaching excellence which we have built over the years. We hope that many of you have already taken the opportunity to check out the magnificent changes to the facilities that have taken place during the off-season.
Our junior age groups are gearing themselves up for another tilt at the Berkshire Youth and BBO Leagues. For the first time ever all Junior age groups are running 2 squads and all players will enjoy League rugby. Many of our players have the opportunity to represent Berkshire at County level and we have 3 players in the London Irish Academy. This season also sees the introduction of an Academy Structure, which is intended to optimise the level of coaching available for players at the top end of the Youth section and to provide a commonality of approach across the U17s and Colts to make the transition through from Junior Section to Colts and beyond as smooth as possible. Download Full Newsletter here.
Welcome Pack
The Youth section is pleased to make available a Welcome Pack to new and existing members.
The document provides an overview of the club with particular emphasis on the Youth section to provide the opportunity to;

  • Review the club's values
  • Understand the structure of the Youth Section
  • Highlight joining details and Membership benefits
  • View the Fixture Schedule
  • Be aware of Child Safeguarding responsibilities
  • Find Key contact details

Online membership and Subscriptions

We offer two online facilities to make it easier for members to pay subscriptions.
Existing members can pay subscriptions via PayPal using debit/credit cards or a PayPal account. A pre-filled membership form will be supplied by the club either directly or via the Age Group Manager.
New members joining the club can complete their application and pay at the same time.
Full details on the Membership page.

MRFC Launch new Academy Structure

The new Academy structure was launched at Braywick on Sunday 1st August as the new season's U17s shared a first training session with the 2010/11 Colts. Led by Head Coach Tony Brooks and Manager Gareth Andrews-Jones, the Academy aims to raise the standards of both the top Junior age group, and of the youth feeder section of the senior club. Tony and Gareth can call on 3 other RFU Level II coaches, a further 3 supporting coaches, a dedicated fitness trainer and physio team as well as the keen attention and support of the elite squad coaching and management teams.
The U17s will compete in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire (officially "OBB" but known here from now on as "Bob") U17 League. The only club ever, we believe, to enter two teams, Maidenhead will play both in Division 1: facing Newbury and Redingensians from Berkshire, Marlow and Aylesbury from Bucks, and Chinnor and Witney from Oxon, and in Division 3: with Tadley, Chesham and Chipping Norton, and Bicester and Gosford All Blacks. Division 2 clubs will be Windsor, Amersham & Chiltern, High Wycombe, Henley, Oxford Harlequins and Reading Abbey, as well as two clubs beaten by Maidenhead U16Bs last season, Bracknell and Drifters. After playoffs in February 2011, successful sides will be able to compete in the National U17s competitions in March and April. Don't plan any holidays then.
The Colts will compete in Division 2 of the Bob Colts league against Abingdon, Amersham & Chiltern, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Bracknell, High Wycombe and Windsor. There is a National Colts Cup competition starting in September. Needless to say, we will be aiming for a spot in Bob Colts Division 1 in 2011/12.
Tony and Gareth explained that the new structure would preserve the identities of the two age groups and that the separate league campaigns would be prioritised. Outside of their own league dates, however, U17s will have opportunities to play up for the Colts, and Colts their own opportunities to appear for the 1st and 2nd XVs. If players are good enough, and physically capable, there will be early chances to experience the next level of club rugby.
The Academy will also recognise and promote the needs of players on the Aspirational paths identified by the RFU for those wishing to play at the highest levels they can without necessarily seeking professional careers. One thing the Academy structure will facilitate for instance will be positional workshops for halfbacks, say, or for back row forwards, as well as the unit skills training essential to team preparation. The new structure has already attracted previous Maidenhead players back from other clubs and we will continue to recruit as the news, and the results, get out. This is the club to play for if you live close to Maidenhead and were born between September 1991 and August 1994.
Training is every Wednesday from 19:15 until 21:00 and Sundays from 10:00 until 12:00. First League games are on 3rd October for the two U17s sides, at home to Newbury and Tadley, and on 19th December for the Colts, at home to Aylesbury.

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.

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".

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