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Paul Alcock Bursaries                            

Paul Alcock Bursaries are made in the name of the Trust’s founder and original chairman, Paul Alcock, who sadly died in January 2018. 

Maidstone Leisure Trust has allocated funds for grants up to £1000, towards clubs, organisations and individuals who are either using Maidstone Leisure Centre or who operate in the Borough of Maidstone for sport and active leisure activities. The funds are being made available to existing or new, small-scale local community clubs and organisations whose activities support sporting and active leisure activities for the local community. Applications from individuals will also be considered. Applications for funding should fulfil the following criteria:

Paul Alcock Bursaries Clubs/Organisations should:

  • Be formally constituted with a written constitution or set of rules and a dedicated bank account
  • Be either users of Maidstone Leisure Centre or operating for the benefit of residents of Maidstone
  • Be non -profit making
  • Be set up for the benefit of specific community groups (eg under 5’s, disabled athletes, over 60’s etc)
  • Have other sources of funding (either from grants, subscriptions or other sources)

Paul Alcock Bursaries Projects to be funded should :

  • Be properly planned and costed
  • Have clear and defined aims and objectives
  • Be sustainable after the initial funding is used
  • Benefit as many people as possible
  • Demonstrate value for money
  • Aim to improve access or participation in sport or active leisure activities for the target group(s)
  • Be for or predominantly include residents of Maidstone or users of Maidstone Leisure Centre

Applications from individual sports people will be considered to meet the costs of, for example, the purchase of specialist equipment, training or other elements of outlay that are beyond their reasonable reach. Applications from individuals will generally have an upper limit of £500.

Applications should be in writing or electronic using the attached application form and additional sheet(s) as needed. This is an ongoing project with funding decisions being taken quarterly. The deadline for applications is the month end preceding each quarterly meeting in March, June, September and December.

NB:         Applicants should be aware that:

  • Bids may be for any amount up to a maximum of £1000 for clubs and organisations and £500 for individuals for any single application.
  • Meeting some or all of the above criteria is a pre-requisite for funding to be agreed but does not in itself guarantee funding to be granted.
  • All funding decisions are totally at the discretion of Maidstone Leisure Trust.
  • Successful applicants may be required to participate in reasonable publicity activities in relation to these grants and/or other related activities and agreement to this is a condition of the funds being granted




In 2017 the leisure trust funded a number of organisations and groups including  the replacement tee matts at the Village Golf & Sports Club in Staplehurst.


2016 Community Funding

The Maidstone Leisure Trust funded the start-up of the Junior Park run and are pleased to see the organisers taking this from strength to strength.

Maidstone (Parkwood) Junior Park Run first run 15.1.17


2015 Community Funding

Big congratulations to Tom Ervin who has recently returned from Berlin, Germany where he was competing for Team GB in his discipline of Discus and Shot Putt. Tom returned home with a great achievement of two bronze medals to his name. Here at the centre we are so proud of Tom and his achievements.

Tom spoke on his success saying: “I am really proud of myself for what I achieved in Berlin. It shows all the hard work is paying off and things can only get better for me”, Tom then went on to say: “I would also like to say a massive thank you to the ‘Maidstone Leisure Trust’ for all their help and support, from simple things like words of encouragement from the Trustees when I see them around the centre, to sponsorship of equipment such as what was a much needed new throwing frame that I have been using in competition, plus much much more that they have done for me”.

The Maidstone Leisure Trust awarded Tom with £2,805 to part fund a new chair, as well as £458 for winter training and £18 for other equipment.


In addition we are pleased to report further demonstration of the Trusts impact in the wider community via the first round of Trust Funding resulted in the following success;

  • Artistic Roller Skating were awarded £800 for Coaching and First Aid provisions.
  • Wing Chun Martial Arts Club were awarded £200 for a new advertising banner and equipment.
  • Maidstone Disabled Swimming Club received £1000 to professionally developed video and DVD to advertise the club and what they do for the community.
  • Holtwood Football Club (below) were provided with £750 for new kits for their U11 teams.

Holtwood Football Club


2014 Funded Courses

The following level 1 courses were supplied to public at Maidstone Leisure Centre within the last quarter of 2014.



No of attendees

Days required

Hall hire costs

FA level 1









£1200 (2x 3 day courses)




















Of these courses, still to run are: Athletics Leader (March 2014) and the second Badminton Level 1 (March 2013).

On completion, 125 individuals will have gained a level 1 sports coaching qualification as a direct result of funding provided by Maidstone Leisure Trust.

The courses were featured in the Kent Messenger and the Trust have won the Award for ‘Rise to the Challenge: Business’ at the Active Maidstone Awards.