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Major sporting events

Medway has developed a reputation as a high-quality venue for international sporting events.

Download a copy of Medway's Major Sports Event brochure (pdf 3,647 KB) for full details of the facilities, commitment and expertise we can offer. Plus see our majors sports events roll of honour.

To discuss staging a major sports event in Medway contact Lindsey Horton on 01634 338255 or email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk

Forthcoming events for 2017 at Medway Park

Battle of Medway Sports Festival  - 9/10 June 2017

Medway Sport joins the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Medway.

  • British Army v Dutch Navy football match. 2pm Garrison Football Ground, Gillingham
  • London GD Handball Club v HV KRAS/Voldendam international men’s handball.  Medway Park 6pm.

Free spectator admission to bother events.

Other forthcoming events

  • 24 and 25 June - Kent International Judo 
  • 1 July - National Judo Championships
  • 16 September - Wheelchair Rugby League Premier League Grand Final

Recent Events

British University Handball ChampionshipsBritish University Handball Championships

Medway Park, 18/19 March 2017

More than 700 students from universities across the United Kingdom battled it out for national handball glory on the courts of Medway Park.  

The event features 69 student teams from as far afield as Scotland competing in the national finals - the biggest event in the competition's history.


Handball Women's Challenge CupLK Zug v Olympia handball

Medway Park, 19/20 November 2016

International handball returned to Medway Park as London's Olympia Handball Team took on LK Zug from Switzerland in the third round of the European Handball Federation's Women's Challenge Cup.

The weekend's action also included junior, development and Men's Super8s fixtures on the purpose-built court being installed at Medway's centre of sporting excellence.


European Women's Table Tennis Team Championships Qualifier

Medway Park, 22 November England v Slovenia table tennis Medway Park Kelly Sibley in action

England took on Slovenia at Medway Park in a qualification event for the European Women's Table Tennis Team Championships.

With only a hair’s breadth between the two countries in the world rankings, the tie was a thriller with England emerging victorious in the deciding match up.

Victory went a long way towards determining England’s qualifying position for the European Championships.

The event was organised by Table Tennis England.



England win the WRL Euros 2015

European Wheelchair Rugby League Championships

International wheelchair rugby league returned to Medway Park in September 2015.

England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland battled it out to be crowned European Champions during four action-packed days of competition.

More than 2,000 people packed the stands during the tournament to cheer on the team, and were treated to a nail-biting final between England and France.

Read a round up of the event.

Medway Park also hosted the Premier League Grand Final between Halifax WRL and Leeds Rhinos in September 2016, the first event since being named as the official home of England Wheelchair Rugby League.

Men's Under 21 Handball World Championship QualifierDutch handball players celebratings

Medway Park welcomed 60 international athletes through its doors in January 2015 to compete in the European qualifiers for the Men’s Under 21 Handball World Championships.

Four international teams – GB, Hungary, Israel and the Netherlands – battled it out to be winners of qualification group C but it was the Netherlands who beat all their rivals to claim a place in the World Championships in Rio in the summer 2015.

The Netherlands won all three of their qualification matches, the decisive victory coming against Hungary in a thrilling match which finished 19-18.

This event was the first time since the 2012 London Olympics that Great Britain had hosted an international handball event, so it was a privilege for Medway Park to be chosen as the venue.

More than 1,000 spectators embraced the opportunity to watch elite athletes in action and be part of the fast-paced, exciting sport. Their drums, flags and chants contributed to an immense atmosphere.. 

Experts were on hand at half-time to provide analysis and give spectators the chance to have a go with handball taster coaching sessions.

In the lead up to the event Medway Sport delivered handball coaching sessions to nearly 400 primary school children and Team GB combined their tough training schedule with visits to local primary schools, running coaching sessions for more than 125 enthusiastic children and staff. 

Medway Dragons run weekly sessions at Medway Park for the whole community.  Contact mark.roughsedge@medway.gov.uk for more information.


European Veterans' Team Fencing Championships 2016 European Veterans Fencing Team Champs medals 2016

International sport returned to Medway Park for with a major event celebrating 25 years of veteran fencing in Europe.

Ninety nine teams of competitors from than 29 European countries took part in the event from Thursday, 5 to Sunday, 8 May.

The competition featured all three forms of Olympic fencing – sabre, foil and epée.


GB v Canada Sitting Volleyball at MEdway ParkGB v Canada Sitting Volleyball - May 2016

GB took on Canada in a weekend showcasing Paralympic sport at Medway Park.

The women’s sitting volleyball international weekend served as a warm up event for Canada as they prepare to compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio later in the summer.

The tournament also featured the England Volleyball All Stars and the Volleyball England Go Spike roadshow.


View our events Roll of Honour