We’re proudly supporting Reconnect, Kent Children and Young People Programme, here at the Swallows 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.

If you have any questions, please make contact with the leisure centre directly: email Maria at maria.sait@serco.com

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 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.

Swimming Lessons, 4x Family Swim Passes, AND FREE Goggles!

10-week swimming lesson course, for children aged 6 months - 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).

Then, 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: Booking: Pre-booking is required via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01795 420420

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 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 weekdays with a paying adult.

Cost: Just £10 per student, for the full 10-weeks. Remember there are x4 family and friend passes included in this price too, so Mum, Dad, or friends can come too.

Booking: Booking in advanced advised via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01795 420420

£1 Pay & Play Sessions

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON ABOUT THESE SESSIONS

These run throughout the summer, and include swimming and Soft Play

Under 8’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult 16+

Cost: Just £1 per child, and friends or family just £2.50.

Days/Times/Booking: Please call for times, availability, and more details: 01795 420420

Gymnastics

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 kids moving, build confidence and make friends.

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: 01795 420420

Dedicated Soft Play sessions for Children with SEND

Everybody loves Soft Play! It’s fun, it’s safe and it’s a great way for kids to blow off some steam and make new friends.

We have one area for toddlers (0-4years), and another for children aged 5 years+.

Then why not have a breather, refuel yourself and the kids, and enjoy a drink in our café.

Under 8’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Days: Alternate Saturdays starting from the 14th May. Please contact us if you need more details. 

Times: 1-hour sessions, 9am – 10am.

Cost: Eligible Children = FREE. Friends £2.50. Accompanying adults watching do not have to pay.

Booking: Required in advance via the centre in person, or by telephone: 01795 420 420

Dedicated Clip 'n Climb Sessions for Children with SEND

Indoor climbing has never been safer - our automatic belay devices take up the slack as you climb and then lower you gently down to the ground.

No climbing experience is necessary on the Clip 'n Climb walls, as a full safety briefing is given for every session.

All safety equipment is provided.

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to your booked session time to book in at reception.

After the safety briefing, you will have 40 minutes in the climbing arena.

Comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear are required.

Ages: Suitable for ages 5+ ​ Under 8’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult 16+ (the adult doesn’t pay if just watching).

Dates/Times: 1-hour sessions 9am – 10am on alternate Saturdays, starting from the 21st May. Please contact us for dates, times and availability. 

Cost: Eligible Children = FREE. Friends & Family just £2.50 per person. 

Booking: Pre-booking is highly recommended as our sessions fill up quickly. You can call in on the spur of the moment, but there’s no guarantee spaces will be available. Call 01795 420 420

Please Remember

• 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.