Football

Medway Sport offers opportunities to play football across all our sites and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

3G Soccer Centre

We have a purpose-built 3G Soccer Centre at Strood with 7 floodlit pitches. The centre lets you enjoy football in all its forms on the outdoor 5-a-side and 7-a-side 3G arenas.

Find out more about Strood 3G Soccer Centre.

Medway Sport Football Academy

Medway Sport runs fun-based coached sessions for children at Strood Soccer Centre during term time.

Medway Sport also runs walking football sessions at Strood Sports Centre on:

  • Tuesday: 11am to 12pm
  • Friday: 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Sessions need to be booked online.

Community football

Medway Sport, Medway Libraries, Medway Youth Service and StreetGames have joined up with Alive and Kicking and Sport England to establish 3 football hubs in Medway.

The football hubs are:

Young people can:

  • borrow a ball for free from one of 3 local libraries and community hubs
  • have a kick about with their mates
  • bring the ball back once they have finished.

The aim is to increase access to sport and the use of local pitches, playgrounds, and parks.

To access the footballs all you need to do is join your local library and bring the ball back once you’ve finished.

The 3 libraries and hubs have also received Alive and Kicking’s award-winning mental health education football coaching curriculum and access to several football-related books.

Come and play football sessions

Weekly come and play football sessions are also being held on nearby courts for young people aged 11 and over as part of the programme.

They are:

  • Tuesday: Hook Meadow Recreation Ground, 2pm to 4pm (during the summer holidays)
  • Wednesday: Saunders Street, Gillingham, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday: Lordswood Library, 6pm to 8pm.

For more information email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.

New 3G pitch in Gillingham

Work has begun to create a new 3G football pitch and changing facilities in Gillingham.

We have teamed up with the Football Foundation and Anchorians Football Club on the £1.3million development to support grassroots football in Medway.

We have contributed £400,000 towards the project and have received a £900,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

The new pitch is being built at the football club’s home in Darland Avenue.

We have worked with Anchorians FC, in partnership with the Kent FA, to ensure the facility will be well used.

The new 3G football pitch will be managed and maintained by us and Anchorians. Once complete, grassroots groups and members of the community will be available to book to use the pitch for training and matches.

New changing rooms for teams are also being built.

The works are expected to be completed later this year.

For more information about hiring the new pitch email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk.

Additional resources

Find a Football Club.

Outdoor 11-a-side football pitches in Medway are generally booked via Medway's football leagues. If a club wishes to make an ad hoc booking email Medway-Countryside-Service@ncsgrp.co.uk.