Summer of sport - enjoy an active summer with Medway Sport.

Get ready to enjoy a summer of sport…

The UK’s only riverside saltwater lido will open:

  • weekends only from Saturday 28 May
  • daily from Monday 25 July to Thursday 1 September.

We’ve given the pool a makeover, including a repaint of our iconic elephant slide in Jubilee colours to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Session times

  • 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • 2.30pm to 5.30pm.


  • adults: £6.20 adults
  • concession (seniors and under 16s): £4.10.

You must book a session in advance.

Find out more about the Strand Lido Pool and how you can book.

This year the Medway Mile is heading to Gillingham and will celebrate both the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

On the day there will be:

  • free family sports
  • activities and entertainment
  • children’s races
  • competitive club and run group races
  • a mass mile taking in some of Brompton’s most treasured military landmarks.

Event date

  • Friday 22 July from 5pm at Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham.


Find out more and register for free from Sunday 22 May on the Medway Mile 2022 event page.

The Big Splash is a celebration of all things water with activities such as zorbing, aqua aerobics and water safety demonstrations.

All activities are included in your entrance ticket, booking is essential.

This year, the event will take place at the Strand Lido in Gillingham on Saturday 25 June 2022.

This year’s event will support the Royal Lifesaving Society's (RLSS) Drowning Prevention Week which runs from 18 to 25 June.

Our swimming lessons throughout the week will be adapted to include additional water safety skills. We have also produced 2 water safety videos.

Watch the videos and find out more about the The Big Splash 2022 as well as how you can book.

Keep the children entertained, active and social with our summer holiday multi-sport club for 7 to 12 year olds.

Half day and full day options available.

Free spaces are available for children who receive benefit-related free school meals on Medway Go.

Strood Sports Centre

  • 25 July to 25 August
  • Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm.

Medway Park

  • 26 July to 26 August
  • Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.


  • £10 per half day
  • £20 full day
  • £65 full week.

Details and how to book will be available soon.

Find out more about Mini Youth Sports Camps online or by calling 01634 336 655.

Use the break from school to develop your child’s water confidence and teach them a vital life skill with our crash course swimming lessons.

Suitable for beginners and available at:

  • Medway Park
  • Hoo Sports Centre
  • Strood Sports Centre.

Aquatic crash courses such as Rookie Lifeguard and Mermaids are suitable for those swimmers who already have basic swimming skills and are confident in deep water.

Find out more about swimming and aquatic crash courses.


Weekly course cost is £35.

Free weekly sessions of informal pop-up sport and activities including football, rounders and tennis.

Sessions are suitable for all abilities and ages and take place in Medway’s greenspaces.

Parksport is sponsored by Child-friendly Medway and sessions run weekly from Saturday 11 June throughout the summer months.

You do not need to book beforehand, just turn up on the day.

Saturday drop-in football

Sessions run every Saturday from 11 June 2022.

Rainham Rec

  • 10am to 11am - under 8s
  • 11am to 12pm - age 8 to 12.

Gillingham Park

  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm - under 8s
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm - age 8 to 12.

Liberty Park, Wainscott

  • 10am to 11am - under 8s
  • 11am to 12pm - age 8 to 12.

Pottery Road, Hoo

  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm - under 8s
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm - age 8 to 12.

Palmerston Road, Chatham

  • 10am to 11am - under 8s
  • 11am to 12pm - age 8 to 12.

Luton Rec, Chatham

  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm - under 8s
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm - age 8 to 12.

Mid-week drop-in football


  • 4.45pm to 5.45pm, Watling Park 3G, Gillingham - age 7 to 12
  • 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Hook Meadow, Walderslade - age 10 plus.


  • 4.30pm to 5.30pm, Strood Sports Centre - age 7 to 12.

Back to netball

  • Wednesdays, The Strand Netball Court, Gillingham (time to be confirmed) - age 16 plus

Girls football

Sessions run from Wednesday 6 July.

  • Wednesdays 5.30pm at Strood Sports Centre.

The Big Kickabout

Sessions run from Friday 10 June.

  • Fridays 5.30pm at Strood Sports Centre.

Family and friends sports

There will also be family and friends rounders, tennis and watersports with more details to follow.

Our team of fitness instructors are taking to the road this summer for some free pop-up community fitness sessions for all ages with Child-friendly Medway.

Activities include:

  • aqua aerobics
  • yoga
  • bootcamp
  • boxercise
  • circuits.

Keep an eye on our social media for more information.


Family bootcamp

  • Cosington Park, Rainham - 4.30pm every Wednesday from 8 June - age 11 plus.


Family circuits

  • Church Green Rec, Frindsbury - 5.30pm every Thursday from 9 June - age 5 plus.


Family boxercise

  • Broomhill Park - 5.30pm every Friday from 8 July - age 7 plus.



  • The Strand - 9.15am - age 14 plus.

Aqua aerobics

  • The Strand - 11.30am every Saturday from 6 August (Pre-booking essential. Class included in admission to the morning session).


  • Rochester Castle Gardens - 1.30pm - for all ages including children.


All sessions are free to come along to except for aqua aerobics at the Strand.

For this session you must book a session at the Strand in advance.

The race is suitable for runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to running.

The Medway 10k will be helping to raise money for Wisdom Hospice, and runners are encouraged to raise money to help the Hospice through sponsorship.

The race is managed through Nice Work and is chip timed.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers.

Prizes will also be awarded to:

  • leading runners
  • age category winners
  • first male and female UKA affiliated team.

The event is intended to be a family event and, in addition to the main 10k race, there are children’s races around the athletics track.

Event date

  • Sunday 5 June at 9am - Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham.


  • standard: £21 when booked in advance (£25 on the day)
  • affiliated: £19 when booked in advance (£25 on the day)
  • Fun Run: £4.

Book a place online.

Whether you are new to running or a seasoned runner, we have some organised runs taking place in parks across Medway this year.

The 4 races will finish at Medway Park’s elite-standard athletics track in October.

Event dates

  • Wednesday 6 July at 7pm - Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve 5k
  • Wednesday 3 August at 7pm - Capstone Country Park 5k
  • Wednesday 7 September at 7pm - Riverside Country Park 5k
  • Wednesday 5 October at 7pm - Medway Park 5k.


  • standard: £12 when booked in advance (£14 on the night)
  • affiliated: £10 when booked in advance (£12 on the night)
  • series: £40 for all 4 races (£32 affiliated) (booking in advance only or payment made at Capstone Ranscombe event).

Book a place online.

Fancy a kick-about with a few mates but forgot the ball?

Don’t worry, we’ve teamed up with Medway Libraries so young people aged 11 to 18 years can ️borrow a ball️ for free from:

  • Gillingham
  • Lordswood
  • Walderslade Hook Meadow Library.

Play with it, and then bring it back.

To borrow a ball, all you need is a free Medway Libraries account.

Each Football Library has a good selection of️ football related books available to borrow and details of weekly football sessions available for 11 to 18 year olds to take part in.

Medway Sport, Medway Libraries, Medway Youth Service and StreetGames are collaborating with Alive and Kicking and Sport England to help establish these 3 Football Libraries across communities in Medway.

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to improve your tennis skills, make friends and quench your competitive thirst, then you can join our Local Tennis Leagues this summer.

LTA Local Tennis Leagues offer friendly local singles competitions for players aged 18 and over around the country, with matches on thousands of park and public courts.

Join Medway mixed singles league.

Medway entries close on Monday 20 June 2022.

This summer we will be hosting inflatable pool parties at both Strood and Hoo Sports Centres.

Join Kent Roller Disco and get grooving on your skates at Strood Sports Centre.

All equipment is provided.


Friday 24 June and Friday 8 July:

  • 6pm to 7.30pm: family skate
  • 8pm to 9.30pm: late skate.


£7 pay on door.

Medway Sport run a programme of training courses in first aid and lifeguarding, accredited by the Royal Life Saving Society.


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

  • Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July at Medway Park
  • Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July at Strood Sports Centre
  • Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August at Medway Park.

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches (NRASTC)

  • Tuesday 30 August to Wednesday 31 August at Strood Sports Centre.


Prices vary. Visit the sports training courses page for details and qualification content.


For bookings and enquiries email

We are delighted that AP Race Clinics have chosen us once again as their south east venue for their UK tour.

Adam and his team return to Strood Sports Centre on Thursday 1 September where our younger swimmers can book a place and spend a day learning from the best in the business.

Find out more and how you can book.