Back to top
#THECASTAWAYS - Logo
Accredited RFU Club - Logo

News

Take a look at the following news articles from the club here at Faversham. Click on each article to read more.

New Director of Rugby Appointed

Faversham RUFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Jay Jenkins as their new Director of Rugby. Jay brings a wealth of coaching experience in the Kent & London leagues, collecting various accolades on the way including a London 3 Winners medal with Aylseford Bulls, Kent Shield and Kent Plate Runners up silverware.   ‘I have been watching the steady development at Faversham for some time and have been veryimpressed with the vision and leadership of the club. I am excited by the next chapter in my coaching career: the Director of Rugby role will provideseveral challenges and enjoyable experiences as we move forward out of these unprecedentedtimes. Faversham is a family friendly, community-based club that has seen an ever growing men'ssquad regularly put out two teams. The developing ladies’ team and a recently refurbishedclubhouse and changing room facility, will assist Faversham RUFC continue to cement its placeas an up and coming club. Next season, Kent 1 will be as competitive as ever and I am keen to start working with theplayers. Hopefully, our pre-season training will maximise potential across the squads whilstpushing the club forward onto the next level of development.’   FRUFC 1st Team Captain, Rhys McDermott had this to say about the latest appointment; 'As the Faversham 1xv captain I speak on behalf of all the players to say we are delighted to welcome Jay as our new Director of Rugby. He is a coach who brings a whole wealth of experience and pedigree with him. Next season is going to be exciting for the club and we can't wait to start working with him. We are all looking forward to seeing the club grow under his leadership, pushing the club on even further whilst building on the previous seasons."    With Jay now on board and his future pledged to the Sham, everyone at FRUFC welcomes Jay and hopes his appointment heralds an exciting new era for the Club as, together, we look to push forward into the next level of the club's development. FRUFC  #UPTHESHAM  

13 Apr 2020

Image for the New Director of Rugby Appointed news article

Club Statement

It is with sadness that we announce our Director of Rugby Rob Dengate has chosen to move on.  Rob joined Faversham two season ago, and has transformed the club during that time. In his first season the first team went from finishing 7th in Kent 2 to gaining promotion into Kent 1. They also won the Kent Salver beating Southwark Lancers in a memorable final. During his second season he guided the first team to a top half finish in their first season in Kent 1, despite having no clubhouse and facing troubling times off the pitch due to numerous delays with the redevelopment of the rec from Swale Borough Council.  He also led the second team to firstly playing regular fixtures and during his second season competing in league rugby for the first time in the clubs history.  Rob has commented on his departure, stating: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent coaching at Faversham and I believe that the journey we have been on over the last 2 seasons has provided a platform for the club to continue being successful both on and off the pitch. I want to say a big thank you to the committee, both Rhys and Pete as captains, it’s not an easy task! Jade as physio and Pete as my assistant coach,  who all have had a real impact on the environment that we have created on the playing side, all your support has been amazing.  Finally to every player that has pulled on a jersey and played. Faversham is a great club and one that will provide me with many happy memories. This for me is really important and hope I have had the same impact on everyone at the club.  The time has come for me to come out of my comfort zone and challenge myself and my coaching further.' Rob is leaving us to join Gillingham Anchorians in London 3 and we wish him all the best in his future coaching career.  The club has already started searching for his replacement and wants to ensure members we will do everything we can to find the right person for the job. We are confident a new appointment can take the club from strength to strength and continue our progression as the highest achieving club in the area.  

09 Apr 2020

Image for the Club Statement news article

Chairman's Update

Given the challenging times we are all in, sport in general has (quite rightly) been relegated to relatively minor importance.  However, as a Committee, we are being asked a lot of questions on Club-related issues and I wanted to provide an update as to where we are with some of these.   As we are all aware, Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on sport worldwide.  Most major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed and the RFU has announced that all except the very highest level of club rugby has been cancelled for the rest of the 2019/20 season.  The RFU have now confirmed that our 1st XV have finished 5th in Kent One, which is a tremendous achievement in our first season in this higher league.  Our 2nd XV enjoyed a solid return to league competition and our Ladies XV continued to train hard and develop their skills.      As a Club, we are following advice from the Government, RFU and Kent Rugby in terms of every aspect of Club life.  We have made and communicated clear decisions around training, playing and socialising, which has resulted in:   -All Club training being cancelled until further notice.  -Our annual tour being cancelled.  -Our annual dinner and Captains vs Presidents end of season match have been postponed.   We hope to rearrange these for later in 2020. This will be reviewed as the current situation unfolds and we will update you when we have further news.    The other major challenge this season has been our continued inability to use our spiritual home “The Lodge”.  The Committee has been working tirelessly to manage and expedite a resolution to this extremely disappointing situation.  Originally, Swale Borough Council (SBC) had planned to complete their work in time for us to move back into The Lodge for the start of the 2019/20 season.  This deadline was obviously missed by SBC, as were a number of subsequently planned completion dates.  Communication with SBC has been challenging, to say the least, and has resulted in our being unable to effectively plan for re-occupation.  Progress over recent weeks offered a ray of hope that SBC’s works had entered the final stages, but now Covid-19 will result in further delays.  We will continue to work hard to resolve this situation and are hopeful that we will be able to re-occupy The Lodge before the beginning of the 2020/21 season.     On behalf of the whole Club, I would like to extend a massive “thank you” to everybody at The Castle pub at Oare.  This season, The Castle really has been our home from home on matchdays.  Stephanie and her team have provided our Club and opposition players and supporters with delicious post-match food and given us a social hub.  When life returns to normal, I would encourage you all to go to The Castle for a drink or a meal.  You won’t be disappointed!   Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank our Club Sponsors.  In normal times, their support helps the Club to cover our running costs and maintain a healthy financial position.  However, this season has been anything but normal.  Given our inability to generate any revenue at The Lodge and now Covid-19, I really do mean it when I say that the generosity of our Club Sponsors has been a key factor in the very survival of the Club.  Details of our Club Sponsors appear on our website and I would encourage you all to take a look and try to utilise and support these companies wherever possible.   Please look after yourselves, your families and those around you.    Martyn Potts Chairman Faversham RUFC

07 Apr 2020

Image for the Chairman's Update news article

Club Dinner Postponement

To all club members and supporters, Due to the current government advice regarding the Coronavirus, we have made the decision to postpone Club Dinner until Saturday 22nd August. We have not taken this decision lightly, but thought it was best to make a decision sooner rather than later so people can plan accordingly.  If you have paid and cannot make this date, you will be entitled to a full refund. Those that can still attend, please continue to get your food choices in and pay for your ticket. Billy Egleton F.R.U.F.C Club Captain

18 Mar 2020

Image for the Club Dinner Postponement news article

Rugby Tour Postponement

To all FRUFC members, Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, this seasons rugby tour has been postponed indefinitely. More information on future plans will be given when government advice changes. Billy Egleton Club Captain

18 Mar 2020

Image for the Rugby Tour Postponement news article

UPDATE ON COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT

A co-statement from club captain Billy Egleton and chairman Martyn Potts. Following the press release by Swale Borough Council last week, we feel it is important to update our members and supporters on our position regarding the redevelopment of the Recreation Ground. Following over twelve months of negotiations, we have agreed, in principle, the new Head of Terms to our lease of The Lodge. However, there are several issues that we have highlighted to SBC on numerous occasions that we feel are not being taken under due consideration. We now feel it is time to inform you, our members, our supporters, and our community of these issues. For twenty-six years, the rugby club has paid for and maintained all running costs of The Lodge without any contribution or help from SBC. Without the rugby club, The Lodge would undoubtedly still be in the same state of disrepair it was in when the club assumed responsibility for it in 1992. Throughout our tenure at The Lodge, the club has consistently ensured there was a member residing on site to ensure the security of the building and reduce the threat of vandalism. It is worth noting that only a matter of days after the current steward vacated the premises, the club was broken into. The club has retained the lease of the lodge since 1992 on a peppercorn rent from the council however, this has been justified due to the service we have offered the council in maintaining the building ourselves, a service that we continue to offer. Since moving in to the lodge 26 years ago, the club has not once asked for a single penny from the council. Instead the club has not only survived, but thrived through the collegiate efforts of those who comprise our membership and supporters. As such, we strongly feel that it is unreasonable for the council to impose a monthly rental charge to the rugby club that will threaten the club’s long term existence. Other than membership, the club’s only way of generating revenue is through bar sales. We were assured at the start of this process that our facilities would not be worsened. Instead we have been relegated to a situation whereby we have lost considerable and invaluable floor space of our beloved clubhouse, our storage facilities, and a significant portion of our outside area. We were also originally informed that the works would take place during the off-season, thus minimising the disruption to the club. Unfortunately, due to a delay in the tender process, this has proved to be nothing but empty platitudes as the club has since been informed the work would finish in September, then November and most recently, December. In essence, this translates into us having to function for over half of our season without a clubhouse. This massively restricts our ability to cater for our visitors who, as following the rugby ethos, should be fed and catered for following their match. Fortunately, we have been very kindly offered ‘The Castle Pub’ as a base however, being located in Oare this will cause a number of logistical issues for visiting teams. This delay also means that the club will have no source of revenue (apart from membership) for at least the first half of the season. Despite raising this to SBC on several occasions, we have not been offered a mutually agreeable solution. As the changing facilities are also not due for completion until December, the club has been forced to move their first home game to a neutral venue (Canterbury RFC) due to the council only recently confirming they will provide temporary basic changing facilities. The club is naturally concerned that with there only being two temporary changing facilities available how six sports teams will be able to use them and shower at the same time. The benefit that we offer the community, should and does, massively outweigh the financial gain to the council which any rental agreement would attract in the future. We currently have over 55 members who benefit socially, mentally and physically from playing or being part of Faversham Rugby Club. Our first team currently play in Kent 1 and are the highest playing team in the borough of Swale. Furthermore, we have a second team playing league rugby alongside a fully functional ladies team and an upcoming junior section. We offer discounted membership rates to students and unemployed players to ensure that whoever you are, you are able and welcome to join the town’s only community rugby club. We are incredulous that SBC insist on a fixed rental agreement being in place, despite the increasingly positive impact the club is having upon the wider community. The fixed rental agreement will threaten the club’s long term existence, and the club hopes that SBC can review and withdraw their rental proposal.

02 Nov 2019

Image for the UPDATE ON COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT news article

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE ON COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT

Dear Members,As our existing tenancy at the Recreation Ground Lodge comes to an end I'm writing to provide you with an update on the upcoming changes to the Clubhouse and the ongoing negotiations with the Council over the terms for its use. Hopefully this will serve to answer many of the questions about the future of the Club and the Clubhouse which are circling among members and those in the local community. Swale Borough Council have now started to implement their Recreation Ground redevelopment project, which includes the Recreation Ground Lodge, home to Faversham Rugby Club since 1992. The most notable change for the Club will be to the Clubhouse itself which is due to undergo a significant restructure. The designs for the Clubhouse have not been finalised by the Council as yet, but we do know that the intended end result is a much reduced area for the Club to use. The front half of the existing Clubhouse is to become a Council-contracted convenience kiosk and this space will no longer be usable for the Club. This will certainly prove challenging on busy game days, particularly as we already exceed capacity before the Clubhouse reduction takes place. We now know from the Council that building work will start when the 2018-19 rugby season concludes in April and the work to the Lodge is scheduled to run until September 2019. During this time the Club will not be usable and will be unable to host the usual charity fundraisers and social events which the local community is accustomed to attending over the summer. We also know that following the redevelopment the existing parking and storage will be removed. We are waiting to hear a workable solution from the Council for match day parking for players and supporters. Their current proposal that we use the already over capacity parking on Park Road or the industrial estate on Jubilee Way has many practical problems and is unlikely to be favourable with local residents and businesses. The future storage location for training and match day equipment also remains to be agreed but we expect to hear a solution to this before the equipment is due to be moved out for building work in April. We are also in the process of negotiating the terms for our stay in our Clubhouse following the works. Unfortunately assurances from Councillor David Simmons that the Club would not be worse off have proved to have been empty platitudes and the reality is quite different. Notably, despite reducing the size of the Clubhouse, the Council are also seeking an increase in rent from the Club. The full financial impact of this increased rent/reduced club-area double-hit remains to be seen but it is likely to test the Club's finances and potentially its existence. As Faversham RUFC is entirely run by volunteers it will prove difficult to make savings but changes will likely be necessary, depending of the Council's financial demands. Every effort possible will be made to ensure the impact on the Club's rugby playing capability is kept to a minimum. We may have to ask for more from already overstretched members in order to keep the Club running and ensure Faversham is not deprived of a vital community sporting service. We are determined to keep Faversham Rugby Club at the Recreation Ground in the heart of Faversham to preserve the community spirit of the Club and to help the Recreation Ground serve its original purpose – to provide recreation facility for the community. We hope that the Council keeps it financially viable to do so. We understand these issues may be concerning to members and the local community but please do get in contact with us or your local Swale Borough Councillor if you have questions regarding these changes. Kind regards, Faversham Rugby Union Football Club

01 Nov 2019

Image for the CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE ON COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT news article