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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.

 

Events

 

Summer Ball 22nd June

Summer Ball

When: Saturday 22nd June 7 for 7.30pm

Where: The Odney Club, Cookham

Carriages at 1.00

For ALL sections of the Club

3 course Dinner Wine on the table

Live band

Black Tie

Tickets £50 a head

Book via Gareth Andrews-Jones for a booking form.

 

News

Latest Reports

 

May 400 Club draw

The 400 Club draw for May 2019 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Monday 20th May 2019 following Club committee meeting.

The draw was made by Dick Brown President of Maidenhead RFC.

Winners for May

  • 1st Prize £100 AG &A Harries
  • 2nd Prize £50 Mike Padfield
  • 3rd Prize £30 Phil Watts

Club Volunteers Co-ordinator

The Club are happy to announce that Kate Swinn (current U13s Age Group parent) has accepted the role of Club Volunteers Co-ordinator (CVC) from immediate effect, The Club have recognised that they would like to build/improve the relationships between the Club/Committee and the Managers/coaches/families of the Minis & Junior Age groups and they are hoping that this new role, with Kate in it, will help them to achieve this.

Kate will support the Club and all Age Groups in raising the profile of key events being organised by providing one dedicated 'go to' person who sits on the Club committee but is also an Age Group Parent. This should help all of us in our endeavours around club/social events and fund raising to ensure that there are enough and the right volunteers involved, events are planned in advance making it easier for people to volunteer and/or attend, the right communication and the right method is used to raise the profile of our events, achievements and Club and eventually this better co-ordination of volunteer recognition should mean that more people are feeling properly thanked and appreciated for all their hard work and commitment to the Club... therefore will be happy to do more volunteering.

The Club recognise that volunteers are essential to the success and sustainability of rugby clubs. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of rugby union leads many people to say 'we're more like a family' and this is demonstrated by the time, willingness and commitment that volunteers dedicate to the game, from coaches and referees to committee members, parent helpers and many more. The RFU vision is for Rugby Union to have an enthusiastic, motivated, well-trained and effective volunteer workforce working for the benefit of all aspects of the game and Kate is very proud to call herself the MRFC CVC.

Summer Touch Rugby Activities

May Holiday Camp - 28th-30th May May

Kids Camp: 3 Day Camp from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th May from 9am to 3pm for boys and girls aged 5-13. Cost per child is £55 for all 3 days or £25 per day. 10% discount for siblings booked on all 3 days.

 

Junior Academy with England Touch Coaches - Thur 30th May (9am to 3pm)

We are running an Academy Session for juniors aged from 10-18 which is supported by England Touch (Rugby) coaches who will guide juniors through the skills and modified games sessions used with athlete in the junior elite high performance programme. There are opportunities for boys and girls to play representative touch rugby at both U15 and U18 age grades.

 

Charity Touch Rugby Tournament - Thur 13th June (7pm to 9pm)

It would be great if the whole club could support this annual fundraiser for two fantastic charities: Little Fishes Pre-School (based in Furze Platt) and Jason Leonard's Atlas Foundation. You can enter teams of up to 10 players (minimum 2 women playing for mixed teams) in this social, fun tournament at a cost of only £100 per team, which also includes a post-match meal. It would be great if every age group and senior team was represented with parents, coaches and players (aged 14+) joining us - or alternatively get your workplace involved and get more people involved in rugby at our club!

 

Family Touch Rugby Evening - Tue 18th June

If there is sufficient interest, we will run a family touch rugby evening on Tuesday 18th June with the children aged 5-13 playing games in their age groups from approx. 5.30pm to 6.30pm and older children (aged 14+) and adults playing mixed social games from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will also look to supply the children with hot dogs after games which they can sit and eat in the stands whilst the adults are playing. Hopefully the bar will also be open for social drinks throughout and after. Please sign up if you are keen.

 

8-Week O2Touch Summer League - Starting Tue 25th June

Entries are now open online (www.in2touch.com) for the Summer League! We welcome junior teams (aged 14+), mixed teams (minimum 2 women playing), men's teams and women's teams to join us. No previous playing experience is required, as touch is easy to learn, for all fitness levels and very inclusive.

 

Junior Sessions in July

If sufficient interest, we will run sessions for Juniors aged 5-13 on 2nd, 9th and 16th July from 5-6pm at a cost of £3 per child per session. Please sign your child up if you are keen.

Any questions on the above or if you want to sign up, please contact / 07766 525938

April 400 Club Draw

The 400 Club draw for April 2019 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 6th April 2019 prior to our match with Bracknell.

The draw was made by John Dance Chairman of Bracknell RFC

Winners for April

  • 1st Prize £100 J M Wilkinson
  • 2nd Prize £50 J M Powell
  • 3rd Prize £30 J A Dance

Rene Dance

Rene Dance

We are all devastated to announce the passing of Rene Dance, who tragically lost his fight against cancer on Saturday morning.

Rene is a Maids legend and will be fondly remembered as a fearsome competitor on the pitch, and a loving, honourable man off the pitch. All our love goes to Rene's family, friends and ex-teammates during this difficult period, it's a dark time for the club.

Sleep well legend, we'll never forget you #Maidsfamily

Funeral Arrangements

To anyone who wishes to show their respects to Rene the address and details are below. 

Friday 12th April The funeral will be held at Waltham St Lawrence Church at 10:30am - RG10 0JD. 

The wake will be held at Maidenhead Rugby Club, all friends and family are welcome - SL6 1BN. Many thanks The Dance family.

March 400 Club draw

The 400 Club draw for March 2019 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 23rd March 2019 prior to our match with Barnstaple.

The draw was made by Ian Stanton Chairman of Barnstaple RFC.

Winners for March

  • 1st Prize £100 C M Smith
  • 2nd Prize £50 Steve Prince
  • 3rd Prize £30 A Price

Maids Announce New Head Coach

19th March 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Mobbs-Smith as the new Head Coach of Maidenhead RFC.

Mobbs-Smith, ("Mobbs"), will take charge of the senior squad in June after the departure of the very successful Russell Bolton at the end of the current season.

Mobbs has had a wide and varied coaching career: in men's rugby he has held lead roles at Ilford Wanderers and Thurrock RFC as well as being a coaching consultant in Italy at RC Valpolicella. He currently holds the role of skills coach at National 1 side Rosslyn Park.

In the Women's game he has been Head Coach within the England Elite Pathway, Richmond FC in the Premiership and currently at Rosslyn Park.

His coaching portfolio also includes a long time association with 7's, internationally as Head Coach for the Sweden women's programme and also with the Ramblin Jesters as Director of Rugby.

In addition he has spent the last 9 years as skills coach at Hampton School.

Stephen Bough (MRFC Chairman) says - "Following a very thorough recruitment process where the quality of all the applicants was impressively high, I am delighted that Mobbs has accepted the role of our new Head Coach. The committee, players and coaching staff are very excited at what lies ahead for us and Mobbs is already getting his feet under the table in preparation for next season."

Gareth Andrews-Jones (Director of Rugby) says - "Mobbs has really impressed us with his experience and knowledge of the game at various levels, his professional approach to the interview process and the way in which he rapidly established a rapport with the players and the existing coaching team. I am really looking forward to working with him and watching him build on the strong foundations that Russ leaves behind him, whether that is in another campaign in SW Premier or - who knows? - in an entirely new challenge in National 2."

Dave Mobbs-Smith says - "Firstly my thanks must go to the Board of MRFC for putting their faith in me to build on the exceptional last few seasons. The opportunity to be involved with an ambitious club with an excellent reputation, facilities, squad and 'One Club' ethos was my personal attraction to the role. The current support structure and coaching staff was another draw and I feel fortunate to be given this opportunity.

I'm now looking forward to observing and working through a handover period with Russell before starting in pre-season and I also hope that my experience across the breadth of rugby will allow me to be of more value to 'Maids' and the club as a whole than just senior squad Head Coach."

February 400 Club draw

The 400 Club draw for February 2019 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 2nd March 2019 prior to our match with Newton Abbot.

The draw was made by the three visiting committee members of Newton Abbot RFC

Winners for February

  • 1st Prize £100 Phil Watts
  • 2nd Prize £50 Steve Page
  • 3rd Prize £30 AG & A Harries

Rene and Heidi - Pancreatic Cancer Action

Rene and Heidi, raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action, because 'Earlier detection could have given us options'

It is very important to Rene and Heidi to raise money for the early diagnosis of this awful disease.

Genetic testing is to be carried out on their siblings and children to see if they carry the gene. We can only hope that they don't. But for their future, something needs to be done to diagnose pancreatic cancer upon those first symptoms.

Please, if you can, donate to this fundraising page: Donate at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/heidi-dance1

Legend Rugby Holidays

(Will Greenwood)

 

Hello Maidenhead Juniors Massive!

You may (or may not) know that I'm involved in a business which puts on sports holidays in various lovely locations... Our 'home' has been at the fantastic Forte Village in Sardinia since we started and as great as it is, it's also a bit pricey.

So... we've decided to add a new location which ultimately delivers the same incredible coaching/family holiday experience but at a much more affordable cost.

We're doing a trial week in Easter (13th - 20th April) and going out to a select group with a special "introductory offer" to try and get some bums on seats.

This is why I'm coming to you...

 

Venue - Desert Springs Resort in Spain

Rugby Legend - my old England mucker Lewis Moody will be heading up the coaching.

 

Special prices below:

- 1 bed apartment inc. rugby coaching (2 people) = £650 (should be £1,650)

- 2 bed apartment inc. rugby coaching (up to 4 people) = £975 (should be £1,990)

Accommodation is self catered and you'll need to add flights (to Murcia or Almeria) and car hire on top, but if you need any help on this, Pete and the team at Legend are there to support

 

Click here for video overview from our Forte Village offering

Click here to contact Pete know if you or any close friends fancy it!

Click here for outline itinerary for Desert Springs

 

Thanks, Greens

January 400 Club draw

The 400 Club draw for January 2019 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 26th January 2019 prior to our match with Exmouth.

The draw was made by Nick Smith Director of Rugby Exmouth RFC.

Winners for January

  • 1st Prize £100 Grahame Fisher
  • 2nd Prize £50 M P Clyde
  • 3rd Prize £30 Peter Prior

Get active at Maidenhead RFC

Try something new this year and get active at Maidenhead RFC!

We are running fitness sessions on a Wednesday evening down at the club and we would love to get more men/women and boys/girls to get involved! This is a great way for people of all ages (minimum age 14, no maximum age) to come and enjoy group fitness and our sessions are especially popular with families with quite a few groups of older children attending with their parents!

We offer 45 minutes of group fitness from 8-8.45pm then an optional 45 minutes after of non-contact social touch rugby (until 9.30pm), which is really easy to learn and fun for the whole family!

What's more, this is all absolutely FREE to Maidenhead RFC club members, as this is run by the club's touch rugby section: Mohawks! Cost is £5 per 90 minute session for non-members. So if you are thinking of taking up something new, want to get fit or just hang out with some new people then come and join us any Wed night (no need to pre-book). Moulded plastic boots are the advisable footwear to bring as metal studs are not permitted for touch.

If you have any questions, please contact

400 Club draw for December

The 400 Club draw for December 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 15th December 2018 prior to our match with Camborne.

The draw was made by Malcolm Tomkins Secretary Camborne RFC.

Winners for December

  • 1st Prize £200 DJ & FM Pepper
  • 2nd Prize £100 Phil Watts
  • 3rd Prize £60 Mike Padfield

400 Club draw for November

The 400 Club draw for November 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 1st December 2018 prior to our match with Bournemouth.

The draw was made by Phil Sinkinson Chairman Bournemouth RFC.

Winners for November

  • 1st Prize £100 Brendon Blaney
  • 2nd Prize £50 AG & A Harries
  • 3rd Prize £30 B & M Ruddick

400 Club draw for October

The 400 Club draw for October 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Saturday 27 October 2018 prior to our match with Weston Super Mare.

The draw was made by Barry Sparks Chairman Weston Super Mare RFC.

Winners for October

  • 1st Prize £100 Anne MacDonald
  • 2nd Prize £50 John Copeland
  • 3rd Prize £30 J M Powell

400 Club draw for September

The 400 Club draw for September 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Monday 15th October 2018 following the Committee meeting.

The draw was made by Dick Brown MRFC President.

Winners for September.

  • 1st Prize £100 AG & A Harries
  • 2nd Prize £50 P Bowen
  • 3rd Prize £30 Andy Swift

Dave Evans

Former player and long standing member of the club Dave Evans sadly passed away on 9th September aged 73.

Dave's funeral will be held at 3.15pm on Wednesday, October 3rd at Amersham Crematorium, followed by drinks back at the club.

As Dave's number 1s was a rugby shirt, the family would really like it if attendees could wear a rugby shirt of their choice, no need to wear black.

No flowers please -There is a fund set up at Pymm's Funeral Directors, for donations to British Heart foundation.

Maidenhead RFC Baseball caps

High quality Maidenhead RFC Baseball caps are now available!!!

2 sizes currently available - Junior (*U6 - U9) and Adult (*U10+) - both black, MRFC logo on the front with adjustable Velcro straps at the back.

Very comfortable fit with an extra wide brim.

£10 per baseball cap

For any queries OR if you would like to place an order, please email mrfcbaseballcapsorder@gmail.com

400 Club draw for June, July and August

The 400 Club draw for June, July and August 2018 was held at Maidenhead Rugby Club on Monday 20th August 2018 following the Committee meeting.

The draw was made by Dick Brown MRFC President.

 

Winners for June

  • 1st Prize £100 S Bough
  • 2nd Prize £50 Meade
  • 3rd Prize £30 Gareth Andrew Jones

Winners for July

  • 1st Prize £100 FB King
  • 2nd Prize £50 C Hughes
  • 3rd Prize £30 John Evans

Winners for August

  • 1st Prize £100 CM Miller
  • 2nd Prize £50 FB King
  • 3rd Prize £30 BJ & AP Bennett

Message from the Prime Minister

Dear Maidenhead Colts RFC Team,

I am writing to congratulate you all for winning the final match against Tynedale U-18's on Saturday 19 May and being titled Champions of England.

This is a marvellous achievement and certainly worth celebrating as I understand this is the first time the Maidenhead RFC has won this title. You all deserve a pat on the back and I am sure your friends and families are tremendously proud of you.

You have made Maidenhead RFC very proud and again, please accept my warmest congratulations.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP for Maidenhead and Prime Minister

 

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