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Medway has a growing reputation as a sporting
venue, providing quality facilities and activities for all - from
community to elite level.
Park is Medway's new £11million centre of sporting excellence,
created on the site of the former Black Lion Leisure Centre in
In April 2010 it played host to the Modern Pentathlon World Cup,
the first world sporting event to be held in Medway. It will be a
central venue for the 2012 British Transplant Games and will be a
training base for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Medway has produced athletes who have competed on the
international stage, including Gary Smith, Olympic trampoline
finalist; Rachael Burford, England women's rugby union vice-captain
and Michael Baker, Great Britain youth athletics captain.
The council runs a number of programmes to discover
talented local athletes and support their development, including
its pioneering Medway Sporting Academy.
But you don't need to be a world star to get involved.
Medway Council's Sport
Team is committed to promoting sporting activity and healthy
living to all residents and urging everyone to get active.
Medway Council and its partners also run a wide range of events
and programmes to encourage competition, participation and
development in sport, including the Medway Games and Medway
Festival of Sport. Medway also has a wide range of clubs where
local people can take part in their favourite sports. Go to the
list of clubs with Clubmark status.
Facilities for all
centres enable residents to play sport on a casual basis, work
out or swim.
For the more competitive, the council's Sports Development Team
offers a comprehensive Medway Games programme that allows people aged
from nine to 90 to take part in organised events.
People preferring to exercise outdoors can enjoy one of Medway's
country parks that
are ideal venues for running, walking and cycling. These include Capstone Farm
Country Park, Riverside Country Park and Ranscombe Farm.
For the more adventurous, Arethusa Venture Centre offers
climbing, abseiling, canoeing and other outdoor extreme activities
and the Ice Bowl in Gillingham gives people the chance to
skate or play ice hockey.
Medway is a great place for people of all ages and abilities to
pursue an existing sporting interest or develop a new one and
Medway Council is committed to helping them to do it.
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