Maidstone Leisure Trust supports local clubs, organisations and sports people to achieve their aims. Here are just a few examples.
Space 2 Be Me
“I have really enjoyed it. I have never played badminton before”
“Badminton and Football- really enjoyed this. A chance to meet with people we don’t usually see. Helped us to get to know each other and socialise”.
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.
Over the last 18months our volunteers have been working very hard to put into place the infrastructure to extend the Golf Club by an additional 3 holes. This necessitated turning a lumpy field into 3 new fairways building 3 new greens, installing 3 all weather tee bases and the associated security fencing and extending our water supply to each of the tree new greens. In December we completed the final work which was to plant new trees to landscape the area.
The area looks fantastic and is going to be such a great addition to the community facility. We are very grateful for the support Maidstone Leisure trust has given to help us make our dreams a reality.
To learn more about the club and course visit their website here. http://www.villagegolf.org.uk/
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.
We are currently unable to run due to the pandemic, however with the generosity of the trust we have been able to grow our kit. We now have a defibrillator, trolleys and various other items that are necessary for the smooth running of parkwood junior parkrun. In January last year we had our 3rd Birthday and MLT also provided the funding for our medals. It’s been a difficult year but we hope to return to the park soon.
Maidstone Swimming Club
We rely on mainly volunteers to teach our swimming programme, we provide and fund the training costs for all our coaches, Maidstone Leisure trust contributed half the cost of a teaching course for two of our volunteers, helping us provide a high standard of lessons for all.
Five Acre Wood School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidstone Roller Hockey Club
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