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Medway Sporting Academy
The Medway Sporting Academy is a
pioneering programme to help develop young athletes who show
Successful athletes selected during the annual summer
trials enter the Sporting Academy where they benefit
from coaching sessions that complement their sport-specific
training with their clubs.
The academy is delivered in three stages, with stage 1
being the entry point and stage three being for athletes who
are on a recognised NGB pathway.
The coaching team represent a range of sports
and have experience of developing athletes to national and
They focus on three core multi-skills areas:
- movement skills including agility, balance co-ordination,
jumping, receiving, sending, striking and travelling
- sports skills including athletics, creative movement, invasion
games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games
As athletes progress through the academy and succeed in their
chosen sports they are able to benefit from sport science workshops
led by the University of Kent. The workshops cover nutrition,
sports psychology, injury prevention and performance
planning and help the young athletes develop the skills
Parents are also invited to attend a parental behaviour
workshops, where they can learn how best support and influence
their children to reach their sporting potential.
The Medway Sporting Academy has a number of notable alumni,
including international modern pentathletes, football and rugby
players, national swimmers, runners, triathletes, squash
players and rugby league players.
As athletes progress to county level they become eligible for
Medway's Athlete Support Programme. The programme
- financial assistance towards equipment and competition
- free access to Medway Council sports facilities
- Discounted sports science assistance from the
University of Kent to help
athletes reach the peak of their sport.
The programme is open to athletes from Medway who compete
at county level and higher. It assists athletes aged 12 to 21 as
they progress up the rankings on their way to national level.
Applications for the Athlete Support Programme are accepted
between January and March each year ready for the next
The Athlete Support Programme has supported Medway World
Cup winner Rachael
Burford and Paralympic gold medallist Charlotte Evans.
For more information on Medway's athlete support package and to
discuss how it can help an athlete you know, phone Mark
Roughsedge on 01634 336673, or email