We’re proudly supporting the Reconnect, Kent Children and Young People Programme, here at the Maidstone Leisure Centre.
Your child, if eligible, can take part in a range of FREE, or discounted, activity sessions. Eligible parents/children will be sent a ‘Reconnect E-voucher’ from their school. These are typically children in receipt of FREE school meals, or those that can be referred by a professional body, e.g. Social Services, Early Help Team, etc. (Please note professional bodies can also get in touch with the centre to refer directly).
All the activities they can take part in are listed below, along with how to book and the cost. For many activities, your child can bring friends and family members too – at a reduced price.
Please get in touch quickly so your child doesn’t miss out - spaces are limited, and on a first-come first-served basis.
What's this all about?
Reconnect is a Kent County Council-led, community-based programme designed to get Kent’s children and young people moving, active and thriving following the pandemic.
Children can have fun together, catch up on missed learning, engage in sports and activities, regain their confidence and gain access to further opportunities. More details are at the bottom of the page.
Who can take part?
Eligible children who are 18 years old, and under, will need to show their Reconnect E-voucher at the Leisure Centre. Or they can be referred by a professional body (EG Social Services, Early Help Team etc). Also, adults up to 25 years old if referred.
How your child can take part
From 9th May, your child can take part in the activities up to August 31st 2022. If your child is taking a ‘course’ this will continue after the 31st August, so long as the booking is made no later than the 31st August.
To take part in the Reconnect activities, simply visit the reception at the leisure centre with your electronic ‘Reconnect Card/Voucher’. In addition, if your child is part of a supported group and is eligible via referral, please ask a representative of this body to make contact directly.
Some activities require booking in advance.
What’s On and When
Swimming Lessons, 4x Family Swim Passes, AND FREE Goggles!
10-week swimming lesson course, for children aged 6 months to 15 years.
Learning to swim is an important life skill for any age. The child taking part will receive a pair of swimming goggles (worth £10). You can also come as a family, or with friends to a Family Swim Session (Family = x2 adults, 2 children).
Days/Times: Please contact us for details.
Cost: The child taking part pays a one-off £10 fee for all the above AND the Family Swim Vouchers are included as part of the offer too.
Booking: Pre-booking is required at reception or by telephone on 01622 220 232.
Dedicated Swim Sessions for Children with SEND
The sessions have a smaller group size and are at quieter times of the day.
Under 8’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on a 1 adult to 1 child basis.
Days/Times: 1-hour sessions, 9am – 10am, Saturdays starting from 14th May 2022.
Cost: Eligible Children = FREE. Friends £2.50. Accompanying adults watching do not have to pay.
Booking: Via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01622 220 232.
£1 Pay & Play Sessions
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON ABOUT THESE SESSIONS
These run throughout the summer , and include Swimming & Soft Play.
Under 8’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult 16+
Days/Times/Booking: Please call for times, availability, and more details: 01622 220 232.
Cost: Just £1 per eligible child, and friends or family just £2.50.
10-Week Student Membership (12yrs – 18yrs) with FREE Family/Friends Vouchers AND Swimming
Come and use the facilities in our Gym. This includes a fitness welcome, personal programme, use of the gym during student times, and also swimming (subject to availability – see the swimming timetable).
Our student sessions are supported by our fully trained, experienced instructions. They are on hand to offer support and encouragement if required.
A Fitness Welcome is required, if one has not previously been taken – this is included in the membership price. Friends and family can use the voucher for a fitness welcome.
Each student pass comes with x4 vouchers for friends & family to use, to encourage use for those less confident.
Days/Times: Student times Mon – Fri 3.30pm – 6pm & 8am – 2pm weekends. The student can also attend from 6am – 3.30pm on weekdays with a paying adult.
Cost: Just £10 per student, for the full 10-weeks. Remember there are x4 family and friends passes included in this price too, so Mum, Dad, or friends can come too.
Booking: Booking in advance is advised via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01622 220 232.
Student Group Exercise Classes (12yrs – 16yrs)
Come and join one of our circuit-based classes.
Days/Times: Please call for times, availability, and more details: 01622 220 232.
Cost: Just £1 per student, and friends/family just £2.
Booking: No need to book, just turn up.
10-week gymnastics course, for children aged 4-11.
Our ‘Jump Into Gymnastics’ is an introduction to gymnastics, for both boys and girls, working through entry-level gymnastics.
These sessions help to get the kids moving, active, helps to build confidence and meet other kids.
Dates/Times: Please contact us for dates, times, and availability.
Cost: Just £10 per child, for the whole 10 weeks.
Booking: Via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01622 220 232.
• All sessions and activities are subject to availability and eligibility.
• There are limited spaces, these will be allocated on a first come first-served basis.
• The scheme runs between Monday 9th May – Wednesday August 31st 2022, apart from where a x10 week course has been started; the 10 weeks starts from the time of booking, as long as booked before the 31st August 2022.
• Courses must be taken on consecutive weeks, and some may break for the summer or half-term holidays, then continue after – even if after the 31st August.
• To take part in the Reconnect activities, simply visit the reception at the leisure centre and show your ‘Reconnect Card/Voucher’. In addition, if your child is part of a supported group and is eligible via referral, please ask a representative of this body to make contact directly.
• Reconnect Card/Vouchers are not transferrable.
More About the Reconnect Kent Programme
The Reconnect Programme at Leisure Centres is just one part of the Reconnect scheme. Reconnect is a Kent County Council-led, community-based programme designed to get Kent’s children and young people thriving following the pandemic.
Clubs, businesses, and organisations have come together to create fabulous opportunities for children and young people. Together they can have fun, catch up on missed learning, engage in sports and activities, trips and experiences, receive mental health support, regain their confidence and gain access to career development opportunities.
Find out more about Reconnect here.