ShelterBox

Working in partnership is a major consideration between the Maidstone Leisure Trust and Serco Leisure. Along with their roles as Trustees, Clive Bradburn and Norman Springett are also volunteers for ShelterBox. This charity, started by a Rotary Club in Cornwall, provides immediate shelter and associated equipment for families where disasters have occurred anywhere in the world. Clive and Norman, visit schools clubs and other groups demonstrating the equipment to raise awareness of the plight of some 85 million people around the world who have currently been made homeless by natural disaster and conflictBy providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, ShelterBox is transforming despair into hope.

On this occasion Clive and Norman have hooked up a tandem to a trailer which they have modified to carry one of the familiar green ShelterBoxs and set up in sites in Mote Park during the Bank Holiday Weekend. This included outside the Leisure Centre entrance and the new Mote Park Outdoor Adventure. Interest was shown by passers by and especially the youngsters who are fascinated to hear what it is like when a family loses every possession they have, including their home.

Clive and Norman are members of the Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club who support ShelterBox. The club has recently purchased two shelter boxes with their contents, which will go to help families during the ongoing plight of refugees in Syria.

For more information go to https://www.shelterbox.org

Mayor opens enhanced disabled facilities

The Mayor opened the newly enhanced disabled facilities at the leisure centre on Tuesday 7th May. The jointly funded changing improvements have been jointly funded between the Maidstone Leisure Trust, Swim Mobility, Serco and Maidstone Borough Council. They will greatly enhance the experience of our disabled users and offer more opportunities for participation in physical activity in Maidstone.

Mote Park Adventure Zone soft launch day

Today we invited a local primary school, secondary school and swimming club along to our soft launch day to try the new facilities for free and allow our new teams to get to grips with operations and coordination of group bookings. We are very lucky to have these relationships with local schools and groups and are pleased that they took up the opportunity to get involved in the day!

Disability changing facility upgrade in progress!

Works are well underway in our Disabled Changing Facilities which will qualify for Changing Places (u) status.

Watch this space for a completely upgraded changing space and shower cubicle to provide a better, more efficient changing space to our customers.

This is a joint funded project between Maidstone Leisure Trust, Swim Mobility, Maidstone Borough Council and Serco.

Box Fitness 55+ Free Taster sessions

Free Box Fitness 55+ taster sessions at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

Box Fitness 55 +

 

 

 

Box Fitness 55+ with Olympia Boxing

Boxing Fitness 55+ is designed for all abilities and fitness levels. It’s great fun.. get’s you fit, controls weight management, builds strength, coordination, improves confidence, helps socialise and meet new people!  

Our new exciting programme for the Maidstone Community has been created off the back of our successful Boxing For Parkinson’s programme. BOX Fitness is great fun for all ages, abilities and is catered for all. 

Olympia Boxing are offering 3 FREE taster sessions at Maidstone Leisure Centre

Wednesday 12th December – 2-3PM

Wednesday 16th January – 2-3PM

Wednesday 30th January – 2-3PM

@olympiaboxing / wayne@olympiaboxing.co.uk

Winners – Dementia Friendly Kent Awards!

We are very pleased to have won the Sports and Leisure award and have been a finalist in the Community and Partnership Project award category for our work with the Alzheimer’s Society and Kent Sport at the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards last week!

Invicta Grammar Personal Opportunities Programme

Invicta Grammar School offer their pupils a Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) which allows them to enjoy a wide range of enriching Co-Curricular experiences. Every Wednesday afternoon students are able to try new and different activities to enhance their school experience and personal development.

This year, we are offering a varied instructor led exercise class to offer the opportunity to find aspects of fitness that they enjoy and could continue into adult life. It will also help to develop confidence and self-esteem.

We are looking forward to developing our relationship through the POP sessions.

Dementia Friendly Kent Awards Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards! Maidstone Leisure Centre is a finalist in the Sports and Leisure Organisation Category and our Younger People’s Activity Group is a finalist in the Community and Partnership Project Category.

We will find out how we have done at the Awards afternoon on Friday 5th October.