Get Active Summer Sports programme in Maidstone

Get Active Summer Sports programme is starting in June.

These sessions are all in the Maidstone area & FREE for children (aged 5 to 16) to attend.

Click on the specific locations for more information!

Get Active Programme – Marden

Get Active Programme – Parkwood

Get Active Programme – Shepway

Get Active Programme – Tovil

Trustees complete Great Home Run

Three of the Trustees; Clive, Andy and Richard, have been taking part in the Great Home Run in aid of local charities.

The project involved individuals or groups setting their own challenges, to be undertaken through the month of April, with the aim of bringing the Maidstone community together in a bid to start the ‘home run’ back from Covid 19 and raise money for local charities.

Andy set himself the challenge of walking 250 km around the Aylesford area.

Clive chose to run up the equivalent height of Mt Everest. He did this on Old Loose Hill near Maidstone. To reach the summit he hade to run up the 17% gradient hill averaging 5 ascents every day throughout April and in doing so reach the equivalent height of Everest from base camp to summit.

Richard cycled 500 miles through the month, taking a total of 37 hours with approximately 167,000 revolutions of the pedals. His total hill climb was 16,236 feet, which is higher than Mont Blanc.

              

Maidstone Community BOX Fitness

Olympia Boxing are hosting a Maidstone Community BOX Fitness programme for adults focussed on helping the community rebuild post lockdown.

The programme is going to be delivered at the Shepway Community Centre starting outside on the green before restrictions allow use of the hall.

The programme will start on Wednesday 21st April and it will run every week term time only until 1st December. It is straight after the school run so the parents can engage in a social, fun fitness session before continuing their daily routine without having to worry about the kids and it is completely free.

COVID-19 Impact Survey Report

The COVID-19 Impact Survey was conducted by the Maidstone Leisure Trust to identify how clubs and groups local to Maidstone have been impacted by COVID-19 and if there is anything that can be done to support them further
during this time. 18 responses were collected out of 59 clubs who were contacted meaning a 31% response rate. 
Of the 69% that did not respond, it is possible that some may no longer be in existence or alternatively, that they are not currently operating due to restrictions.

The Maidstone Leisure Trust would like to thank those clubs who took part in this survey.

Find the full Report here:

MLT Covid-19 Impact Survey

 

Covid-19 Impact Survey Update

The Maidstone Leisure Trust have carried out a survey to identify how local clubs and groups have been impacted by COVID-19 and if there is anything that can be done to support them during this time. The full report will be posted on our webpage once complete.

18 local clubs responded to the survey, providing a useful insight for the Maidstone Leisure Trust. Each of the clubs who completed this survey were entered into a prize draw to win £100 to contribute towards their activities and operation in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The prize draw winner was selected using a random name generator, in the presence of MLT’s Community Development Officer and one of our trustees via a Microsoft Teams call.

Congratulations to the Blue Ocean Dive Club – Scubaholics Dive Team!

 

Maidstone Leisure Trust would like to thank the following for contributing to this piece of work:

Barming Youth Football Club www.barmingyouth.co.uk

Blue Ocean Diving www.BlueOceanDiving.co.uk

Boughton Monchelsea Bowls Club www.boughtonmonchelseapc.org.uk/

Dharma Gymnastics www.dharmagymforall.org.uk

Headcorn Cricket and Tennis Club www.headcorntennisclub.co.uk/

Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club (KARDC) www.facebook.com/sk8KARDC

Kent Phoenix AFC www.kentphoenix.co.uk / www.facebook.com/KentPhoenixAFC

KIXX Martial Arts Club www.kixxmartialart.co.uk / www.facebook.com/KIXXClub

Maidstone Baton Twirlers www.facebook.com/maidstonebatontwirlers

Maidstone Swimming Club for the Disabled www.maidstoneswimdisabled.co.uk

Maidstone Tennis Academy www.maidstonetennisacademy.co.uk    

Maidstone Volleyball Club www.maidstonevolleyball.co.uk / www.facebook.com/MaidstoneVolleyball/

Olympia Boxing www.olympiaboxing.co.uk / @olympiaboxing

Shiseikan SKC www.shiseikanskc.co.uk  

Village Golf www.villagegolf.org.uk

As well as those clubs involved who did not want their details shared.

Great Home Run

The Maidstone Leisure Trust are supporting through the month of April, an initiative aimed at helping people keep active, depending on their own physical limitations, and at the same time trying to raise money for some of our great local charities and giving the opportunity to local clubs to win some funds.

The idea is that people think up an activity, register it through the Great Home Run website (it’s completely free), and do it through the month of April.  We ask participants to tell all their friends, family, networks etc about it and try to raise some money. It can be any activity as long as it’s active and is within the Covid rules.

Activities so far registered include static rowing, an attempt on Everest (equivalent), cycling, walking, we even have someone taking their cat for daily walks…  So the activity can be pretty much anything as long as it’s active.

All relevant information is available on the event website www.riversiderotary.co.uk/greathomerun

For more information but please feel free to contact: greathomerun@riversiderotary.co.uk

We sincerely hope you, your members, or their families will be able to join us in this endeavour

 

Trustees wanted

As we move into 2021 and leave, hopefully, Covid behind us, the Trust would like to appoint new Trustees to assist with the promotion of the Trusts activities with local clubs, and work with Maidstone Borough Council and Serco to get the Leisure Centre working at maximum capacity for the good of the local community.

If you are interested please read more at Trustees – what we do – Maidstone Leisure Trust

Happy New Year

As a Leisure Trust, we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year

 2020 has been a difficult year for us all and we hope 2021 is better for everyone.

 The Maidstone Leisure Trust has, since the initial lockdown in March, been in discussions with Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) and the Leisure Centre operators, Serco, to ensure the centres facilities have been made available to the public in accordance with government guidelines. Unfortunately, at present we in Maidstone are in Tier 4 so we cannot open the Leisure Centre for the time being. 

 We have also been holding discussions around securing support to mitigate the financial losses our facilities have been suffering. Throughout the year we, together with, Serco, have done everything we can to mitigate these losses, such as use of the furlough scheme for centre staff as well as various operational efficiencies all focused on cutting costs across our sites. Efficiency savings are ongoing and will continue until the Leisure Centre is able to open again.

Maidstone Leisure Trust Covid-19 Survey

MLT are conducting a survey to identify how local clubs and groups have been impacted by COVID-19 and if there is anything that can be done to support them further during this time.

Every club who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 to contribute towards their activities and operation in compliance with COVID-19 regulations during this time. For example, for hand sanitiser, masks, social distancing markers or other equipment you may need. If you choose to share your website and social media details (via the survey), MLT will also ensure these are put on their webpage to promote your club and also let people know who has contributed to this piece of work. Please only include these details in the survey if you are happy for them to be shared.

The link to the survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/Wtj5gE638r2QjmNq8

These results of the survey will be used by MLT in discussions with Maidstone Borough Council and wider Sporting Bodies to promote Sport and Leisure in the area. They will also be made available to those that have contributed.

Please complete this survey by 31st January 2021 to be entered into the prize draw – please note there will be one entry per club/group. The prize draw winner will be announced in February.

World Mental Health Day

For World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October, Mid-Kent MIND have put together a package of graphics which partner organisations can share on their social media channels – highlighting important facts about mental health whilst also encouraging meaningful discussions during a period of time when we are all struggling.

Here are a couple of our favourites –