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your event COMMUNITY organisations can receive a boost from Maidstone Council in conjunction with Maid- stone Leisure Trust by applying for free use of Mote Hall at Maidstone Leisure Centre. Each year, five free lets are avail- able for events run by community organisations in the borough, which must be sporting, cultural or unlikely to proceed without a free let, and non-fundraising. Preference is given to activities that support young people. Successful applicants last year in- cluded the Heart of Kent Hospice and Combat Martial Arts, Maid- stone.


If your community organisation would like to apply for a free let of Mote Hall for an event between April 2016 and March 2017, please contact Paul Caulfield in the coun- cil’s parks and leisure department, on 01622 602584 or email paulcaulfield@maidstone.gov.uk The closing date for applications is Friday, January 15, 2016.


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Transport firm’s £1,000 gift boosts young team


AN AYLESFORD haulage com- pany has given a group of Maid- stone youngsters a leg up on the ladder to sporting success. Castledene Transport, based at Millhall in Aylesford, gave £1,000 to the Maidstone United Rangers U7s, allowing them to buy not only home and away strips, but also footballs, tracksuits, cones, a first aid kit and all the other bits and pieces they needed to get the team up and running. Castledene directors John and


Nicky Amey were approached by team administrator and self-em- ployed lorry driver Mick Hydes and were only too happy to help. Until then, the nine youngsters


aged five to seven had been play- ing in borrowed strip. The team were formed for the


start of the season in September and the boys play in the Saturday U7s Maidstone Invicta League. They play their home games at


the Gallagher Stadium, where they receive coaching from two of the teenagers in Maidstone United’s football academy.


The Maidstone United Rangers Under 7s show off their new strip Although the lads haven’t had


too much success in the league so far, they did win two matches in the Autumn trophy, winning a place in the final, only to be de- feated by Tunbridge Wells Ridge- way Lions U7s. Mr Hydes said:“We had a group


of children who weren’t in a team and saw the potential to set up a new side from scratch. “These boys have been given a


great opportunity thanks to the support of Castledene, and we


want to thank them for their great contribution, allowing these young boys the chance to develop their game and learn to interact with others by following the rules of re- spect.” “The boys are absolutely thrilled


now that they finally have their own kit and don’t have to borrow from others.” The team train on Tuesday


evenings and play on a Saturday. If there is no game, they put in an extra session of training.


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