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Recreation grounds and sports facilities

Photo of a tennis racket and ballMedway Council's 21 recreation grounds and a number of parks, together with facilities run by partners provide for a wide range of outdoor sports:


Medway Council is continually working to secure funding to improve outdoor sport facilities. It is also currently assessing the current and future demand for sports facilities and will be establishing where there is a need for new facilities such as the new mountain bike track at Capstone Farm Country Park.

The useful links section at the bottom of this page provides links to other services and partners information for clubs and sporting activities in Medway.

Further information on each of the activities and fees and charges that apply can be found below.


The following locations provide outdoor bowling facilities:

  • Jacksons Recreation Ground, Rochester (private club); Please contact the club directly from elana.tapsell@sky.com
  • Darnley Road, Strood (private club)
  • APCM Recreation Ground, Cliffe (private club)
  • Maidstone Road Sports Ground, Chatham (private club).


Booking forms are required for both sites.

Medway has two cricket pitches available to hire at:

  • APCM Recreation Ground, Cliffe
  • Luton Recreation Ground, Chatham

These may be hired from 10am-6pm for £70 per game and the cost includes the use of the pavilions. These must be booked at least two weeks in advance.


Adult and junior pitches are provided throughout Medway.

There are block-booking agreements in place with the following leagues:

  • Rochester and District Football League
  • Medway Messenger Sunday Football League
  • Medway Messenger Youth League

If you are a member of one of these leagues and you wish to book a pitch, you need to contact the appropriate league secretary who will also be able to provide details of charges. Pitches may also be hired for individual games, subject to availability. Charges will be dependant on whether the pitch is adult or junior and if there is a pavilion on site. Charges range from £24.40 to £80 per game. For further information or to book a pitch, phone 01634 333333.

There are two different types of pitches that Medway Council use these are: senior pitches and junior pitches.

Senior pitches

  • APCM Recreation Ground, Cliffe
  • Barnfield Recreation Ground, Chatham,
  • Beechings Crossing Sports Ground , Gillingham
  • Beechings Way playing field, Gillingham
  • Borstal Recreation Ground, Borstal
  • Cliffe Woods recreation ground, Cliffe Woods
  • Ferry Meadow, Halling
  • Garrison sports ground, GillinghamPhoto of a football
  • Hempstead playing field, Hempstead
  • Hook Meadow, Walderslade
  • Knights Place, Strood
  • Luton Recreation Ground, Luton
  • Maidstone Road Sports Ground, Chatham
  • Priestfields Recreation Ground, Rochester
  • Rainham Recreation Ground, Rainham
  • Watling Street Playing field, Gillingham

Junior pitches

  • APCM Recreation Ground, Cliffe
  • Balfour recreation Ground, Chatham
  • Borstal recreation ground, Borstal
  • Cozenton Park, Rainham
  • Hook Meadow, Walderslade
  • Kingsfrith playing field, Hempstead
  • Luton Recreation ground, Luton
  • Ryetop playing fields, Rainham

There are also two full size (11-a-side) football pitches available to hire at the Deangate Ridge Sports Complex during the football season.

Outdoor Gym

A new outdoor gym is open at the Maidstone Road Sports Ground in Chatham with equipment suitable for adults and children, including a ski machine, bikes, cross trainers, leg press, leg bench, shoulder press and basketball hoops, among other pieces.

This is a flagship scheme, offering free, exercise facilities. It also carries the London 2012 branding, as a legacy of this year’s Olympic games.

This site is part of the Fitness For All Scheme. There are two other sites, one at Canal Road, Strood, the other at The Esplanade, Rochester.


There are two sites with facilities for playing rugby at:

  • Watling Street, home to Gillingham Anchorians Rugby Club
  • Priestfield Recreation Ground, home to Medway Rugby Club.

Find out more about Rugby Union in Medway.


The four courts below are free to play, there is no need to book, and they are open from 10am until 30 minutes before dusk or 9pm depending on what is soonest.

  • Darnley Road, Strood - two hard courts
  • Wigmore Park, Rainham - two hard courts
  • Jacksons Recreation Ground, Rochester - four hard courts
  • Maidstone Road Sports Ground, Chatham - four hard courts

There are also tennis facilities at the following leisure centres. For prices, visit:


Pitch and putt

Snodhurst Bottom

This challenging 18-hole pitch and putt course run by Greenspace Services is located at Snodhurst Bottom, off Walderslade Road. The course is open from 1 April to 11 October. The opening times are 12noon Monday to Friday and from 9am Saturday and Sunday. The course opens from 9am in the main summer holiday and closes daily at dusk.

Gillingham Golf Club

Gillingham Golf club is a flat parkland 18-hole course 5,260 yards in length.

Gillingham Golf Club
Woodlands Road
Kent ME7 2AP
01634 855862 (pro shop)
01634 853017 (office)

Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club

Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club is an undulating parkland 18-hole course 6,596 yards in lengthPhoto of golf in Medway.

Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club
Park Pale
Near Rochester
Kent ME2 3UL
01474 823411

Map of Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club

Deangate Ridge Golf Course

Deangate Ridge Golf Course is a wooded 18-hole municipal course 6,300 yards in length with an 18-hole pitch and putt course and an 11-bay driving range.

Deangate Ridge Golf Club
Duxcourt Road
Kent ME3 8RZ
01634 251180

Map of Deangate Ridge Golf Course

Useful links

Medway Council is continually working to secure funding to improve outdoor sport facilities. It is also currently assessing the current and future demand for sports facilities and will be establishing where there is a need for new facilities.


For more information contact us by telephone: 01634 306000 or by email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR