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Medway Park logoMedway Park is Medway’s flagship £11m centre of sporting excellence.

The creation of Medway Park has been pivotal to the long-term development of sport in Medway way beyond the 2012 Games, creating a centre of sporting excellence with the needs of the community at its heart.Photo of swimming action taken at the 2011 European Modern Pentathlon Championships held at Medway Park

The project saw the transformation of the former Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham and the creation of new world-class facilities which opened in 2010.

In partnership with Sport England, the University of Kent, central government and national governing bodies of sport, we have developed a sporting complex designed to offer you the best Photo of the athletics track at Medway Parkenvironment for elite competition and training.

The centre provides high-quality facilities, supported by the very best in sports science and therapy delivered by one of the UK’s top research teams in training science.

The facilities at Medway Park include:

  • 12-court multi-sports hall with three digital scoreboardsPhoto of the England crowd at Medway Park during the England v France test match
  • eight-lane athletics track with grandstand seating
  • dedicated judo centre
  • 100-station health and fitness and free-weights suiteSuperLeague action London Broncos vs Hull FC July 2012
  • dedicated health and fitness suite for junior athletes
  • University of Kent Sports Science and Therapy Centre
  • upgraded swimming and changing room facilities
  • fully-integrated disabled access and changing rooms
  • conference and meeting rooms with interactive white board
  • new cafeteria and bar area
  • 300-space car park
  • Free wifi access.

Medway Park was an approved London 2012 training camp for 13 Olympic and eight Paralympic sports.


Medway has a number of assets that are also ideal settings for major sports events.

Priestfield Stadium is home to Kent’s only professional football club, Gillingham FC. In addition to hosting regular league and club fixtures, the stadium has hosted two SuperLeague London Broncos rugby league matches, as well as youth and women’s international football fixtures.

Capstone is a 114-hectare country park and outdoor sports centre. The site offers dedicated cycling routes, running routes, bridleways, BMX park and a horse-riding trail for the general public.

The park has marked running and mountain biking routes of up to 5km with trim trail fitness equipment. Medway Sport is working with British Cycling to stage new competitive cycling events at the park, which has already hosted large-scale mass participation running events.

The River Medway is another jewel in the heart of Medway’s sportingCycling image of BMX at Capstone offer. The river hosts national sailing regattas and is home to a number of successful dinghy sailing, rowing and cruising clubs.

The streets of Medway have also played host to successful sports events, with thousands of people lining the streets to enjoy the Tour de France in 2007 and the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

Kicks Soccer Centre at Strood Sports Centre boasts state-of-the-art floodlit 5-a-side and 7-a-side football pitches, as well as a hydrotherapy pool. Deangate Ridge golf course is a quality 18-whole course set in glorious surroundings on the Hoo Peninsula with a driving range and clubhouse.