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Congratulations to AAC Talented Athletes

Posted: 9th Mar 2021 by Kate Dickinson

Congratulations to Ashford AC athlete Marshal Smith, who has received a sports bursary from the Kingsnorth Recreation Centre Trustees to support talented sportsmen and women living in the Parish of Kingsnorth.

Congratulations also to the following Ashford AC athletes who have been accepted onto the Talented Athlete programme, which has continued to be offered by ALT but is now also partnered with Freedom Leisure, the new operators at the Julie Rose Stadium. Marshal Smith, Oliver Prior, Jacqueline Benson, Jonathan Hobbs, Sarris Teale, Bronwyn Yeandle, Nadia Sadler-Reeves, and Deborah Martin.

Well done to all and we hope you are all looking forward to a positive return to your different fields of athletics.


Talented Athlete Programme 2021

Posted: 29th Dec 2020 by Lewis Smith

Ashford Leisure Trust is delighted to confirm its partnership with Freedom Leisure who now manages the Julie Rose Stadium, Stour Centre, and Conningbrook Lakes. This new partnership will help to continue to deliver the annual Talented Athlete Programme established by Ashford Leisure Trust in 2012. It is a bursary programme for talented athletes (of any sport) living within the borough of Ashford.

Ashford Leisure Trust and Freedom Leisure are both non-profit making charities and are funding this programme to help support local talented athletes. Selected talented athletes benefit from:

  • Up to £200 of financial support for one year (for use to help cover travel, training costs, clothing, footwear and equipment).
  • One full years’ gym membership, currently at the Julie Rose Stadium, and use of the athletics track. The Stour Centre is due to re-open in the summer of 2021, upon which use of the gym and pools (during public swim sessions) will also be available.
  • Talented Athlete Programme branded training kit.
  • Assistance with the promotion of your achievements through websites, social media, and the local media.
  • 15% discount at PodPlus on services and products. Access to the PodPlus team for expert advice and half-price runners MOT (Offer £20, RRP £40).

For more information about the programme and to access the application form, please see below:

Information Pack

Application Form


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