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Coaching Team


Steve Oram

Director of Rugby

Steve coached all the way through the youth section at Aylesford before taking over as Youth Manager. He has had coaching stints at National sides Blackheath and Canterbury before joining Maidstone as Director of Rugby.

Steve has two sons, one that has played for Canterbury and the other still in action for Coventry.


Dave Charlton

Skills & Development Coach

Dave Charlton started his playing career along with his brother Sean at Maidstone, playing in the national leagues before heading off to further education. Upon his return, Dave became the 1st XV Captain at the age of 23 and helped the club eventually regain its status after a decline in form during his absence.
A very popular man around the club, Dave continues to turn out for the Evergreen side when he can. Dave also assisted the Mustangs clinch the league title in the 2017/18 season. He also holds Level 2 coaching level badges in Football & Cricket.

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Tom Ireland

Forwards Coach

Tom brings a wealth of experience having played Maidstone 1st team and operating as the squad Strength & Conditioning Coach. Tom is a Level 2 S&C coach, as well as spending nearly four years as part of Saracens, as an Academy Coach for Kent.

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Ben Nash

Backs Coach

Ben Nash played Rugby for Canterbury under Steve Oram for several seasons. His versatility in the backs means that he has knowledge and the ability to play a variety of positions.

Ben brings a wealth of experience to the attacking line for the specific playbook that Maidstone uses.

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Araminta "Minty" Meade

Women's Head Coach

Minty started playing Rugby at Youth level, eventually leading to a successful 18 year senior career. Her senior playing time included stints in the National Championship & Championship, as well as representing her County, along with regional honours & being part of the England Development Academy. Minty began taking a step back becoming a referee & youth coach in the past few years. She is now looking to pass on her knowledge and experience to progress Women's Rugby here at Maidstone as the Head Coach. 

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Emma Partington

Women's Assistant Coach / Player

Emma has lived and breathed Rugby ever since she fell in love with the sport. With her children playing rugby as well as her friends, Emma took the plunge to step onto the field herself and never looked back! Emma played at National Championship level and is now looking to bring what she has learned into practice as she begins her transition into coaching. With Minty's vast knowledge, mixed with Emma's fresh ideas & new views on the game, she is looking forward to building a fantastic Women's team here at Maidstone.


Ben Winchester

Head Sports Therapist

Ben is a fully qualified Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapist who specialises in using advanced techniques and rehabilitation programmes, treating those with minor and chronic injuries to enhance performance. 

In addition to this, he is also qualified in K Taping and sports rehab acupuncture. Both techniques work side by side to provide support during training and games which is paramount to increasing mobility and help accelerate the return to rehab and training.

The established training and methodologies will be a great asset to the club and its members, in treating them correctly to get them back playing on the field, adding even more value to our playing membership

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