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Sporting legacy

Medway Sporting Legacy Strategy 2017-2020 front coverPlay, Compete, Spectate is Medway Sport's strategy for Medway from 2017-2020.

It sets out how we will continue to use sport to:

  • encourage active and healthy lifestyles
  • maintain and develop the quality of sports and facilities
  • support and inspire local talent
  • cement Medway’s reputation as a centre of excellence for sport.

It shows how Medway will respond to and meet the challenges set out in both Sport England’s Sporting Future Strategy and its new investment strategy Towards an Active Nation.

Sporting legacy is also embedded in Medway’s Cultural Strategy 2014-2019 and the important role of physical activity is a key theme of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Medway 2012-2017

Download the strategy

Download a copy of Medway Sporting Legacy 2017-2020 - Play, Compete, Spectate (pdf 1.7MB)


What we've achieved so far

There are a number of achievements to celebrate from the period covered by our En Route to Rio Legacy Strategy 2013-2016 (pdf 1.65MB). These include:Wainscott Primary School Kwik Cricket NOC winners 2016

  • Six sports centres attracting 2 million visits and generating over £4m income
  • 100,000 free swims a year
  • £1.9m refurbishment of Strood Sports Centre
  • The growth in our Mini Youth Games programme, with more than 40 primary schools now taking part in almost every event
  • The launch of new mass participation events in swimming and cycling



What happens nextMedway Big Ride

A major focus for this strategy is on innovative approaches to increasing activity levels, using non-traditional activities in non-traditional settings to inspire those who are currently inactive to get moving.

We will also be investing further in our sports centres and taking the next step in enhancing Medway Park as a national centre of sporting excellence.

New plans include:

  • Medway Park becoming the official home and training venue of England Wheelchair Rugby League
  • The expansion of our ParkSport programme to bring informal, recreational sport to parks and open spaces in some of Medway’s most deprived wardsArchery tag image
  • The launch of new mass participation events including a mass buggy push and mass workout to grow our portfolio of mass participation community events
  • Launching innovative new events to maximise and diversify the programming in our sports centre settings
  • Launching new health projects, such as our Fit to Tackle fitness programme, as well as projects targeted at groups with specific medial conditions such as heart issues, strokes, kidney problems and Alzheimer’s. 

We will ensure groups – those with disabilities, women and girls, seniors, Medway’s BME communities and communities in areas of high deprivation - remain a priority in all that we do.