Maidstone Leisure Trust supports local clubs, organisations and sports people to achieve their aims. Here are just a few examples.

Five Acre Wood School

The fundraisers at Five Acre Wood School applied to the Trust for funding for the purchase of multi-use sports kit for their students who have a range of profound, severe and complex learning difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The students take part in a range of needs-led sporting events throughout the year including boccia, football, rowing and others and it’s important for them to be well turned-out. The Trust was happy to help.

Olympia Boxing

Olympia Boxing came to the attention of Maidstone Leisure Trust as 2018 winners of the Kent Sport Kudos Award for their innovative use of non-contact boxing as a therapy for young children.  The Trust agreed to help fund the club’s Boxing Rookies scheme in Parkwood, providing boxing-based training for local 5-11 year olds.

Always looking for new ideas, the club is currently working with the Trust, Involve Kent and other local partners to launch a boxing-themed fitness training programme for over 55’s.  Pilot sessions have been run at Maidstone Leisure Centre and additional support funding is being sought to continue the project. For more information contact Wayne Smith at wayne@olympiaboxing.co.uk

Maidstone Roller Hockey Club

Maidstone Roller Hockey Club is a long established and successful club with national titles under it’s belt and a history of producing some of the country’s best players. They train at the YMCA in Loose and play there and at Maidstone Leisure Centre. Early in 2018 the club applied for funding to provide new sticks and equipment for their under 11 team which the Trust was happy to help with. https://www.facebook.com/maidstonerhc/ www.maidstonerinkhockey.co.uk

The Village Golf Club

The Village Golf Club in Staplehurst is a member-led, not for profit club which is host to a 9 hole, pitch and putt style golf course. All proceeds from memberships and green fees are re-invested into the upkeep of the course and the running of the club. In the summer of 2017 the club was in need of replacement tee mats and Maidstone Leisure Trust was happy to help out with some of the costs. To learn more about the club and course visit their website here. http://www.villagegolf.org.uk/

Hamish Reilly

Hamish is a talented young triathlete who is competing at the highest level for his age group. The Trust has been happy to help him with some of his accommodation costs so that he can attend as many events as possible. We are proud to be supporting Hamish and wish him well in all of his competitions.

The following is from a recent email from his Mum:

Hamish, thus far, has had a very successful season, with more races still to come.  The support received from the MLT really has made a difference – enabling overnight stays to ensure Hamish as race ready as possible.

His results are as follows:

  • British Triathlon Performance Assessments – March 2018 (ranking to get starting places) – 5th
  • British Duathlon Championships – Bedford – April 2018 – 3rd (part of the National Super Series)
  • Llanelli Triathlon – May 2018 – 2nd (Part of the National Super Series)
  • Blenheim Triathlon -June 2018 10th (Youth Olympic Games qualifier, but 1st year Juniors raced down to Youth level)
  • WTS Leeds ITU – June 2018 – 3rd (part of the National Super Series)
  • Leeds Castle – June – Adults Sprint race – 1st overall
  • Eton Dorney – July 2018 – 1st (part of the National Super Series)

Hamish is currently ranked joint first overall in the Super Series (best 3 events count for the overall rankings).

This coming weekend we will be travelling to Hetton (between Durham and Sunderland) for the next race in the series – which is another European qualifier which means the Juniors race down with the Youths again.

The final event in the series is in September at Mallory Park, and will be the British Triathlon Championship.

Last week Hamish received notification from British Trialthon that he has been selected to race in the Super League Triathlon event taking place in  Jersey at the end of September – you may be familiar with the format triailed last year in Jersey and Canada with the Elite Triathletes like the Brownlees et al?  They have now introduced this for  the Elite Youths and Juniors with international teams invited – it should be exciting!

Hamish writes a blog every month to update followers on his progress – the link is here: https://hamishreillytri.wordpress.com/ (some photos will be on there too).

We are both grateful to the support you have provided – it really has helped to make a difference.

Parkwood Junior Parkrun

Parkrun is a national, volunteer-led organisation that organises hundreds of timed 5K runs for adults and 2K runs for Juniors every week around the country. It’s a great example of a community organisation that does real good by providing an opportunity for everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability to get together and have fun running in a supportive, non-competitive environment.   Maidstone Parkrun is well established and takes place along Maidstone Riverside every Saturday morning. The Trust was approached to help them set up Parkwood Junior parkrun and the first run was held in January 2017. Every Sunday morning around 40 youngsters complete the 2K run in a fun and safely controlled environment. Have a look at their web page to find out more about them and to get running…   http://www.parkrun.org.uk/parkwood-juniors/

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/