In line with the latest government guidance about the reopening of elite sport, Medway Council is considering how to safely accommodate training requests from professional and elite athletes who are now entitled to use sports facilities that otherwise remain closed to the general public.

The new government regulations apply only to athletes who make a living from competing in a sport or are training to compete in the Tokyo or Beijing Olympic or Paralympic Games, or the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Any elite training request will need to be certified by the relevant national governing body (NGB).

Athletes who meet this specification will be able to book training time at Medway Park regional centre of sporting excellence, once the centre has been officially issued with a coronavirus (COVID-19) Certificate of Compliance.

Any training must be booked in advance. Requests will be considered on an individual basis. This is to ensure all activity is managed safely within the centre in line with latest operational risk assessments.

To submit a training request and to discuss your requirements email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.

This new regulation does not apply to junior athletes on performance pathways, including members of the FANS scheme, unless the individual NGB specifies that an athlete meets the criteria and is training to compete at a senior level at the next Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games.