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Medway's Athletes

Medway Sporting Academy

Medway Sporting Academy warm upThe Medway Sporting Academy is a pioneering programme to help develop young athletes who show sporting potential.

Successful athletes selected during the annual summer trials enter the Sporting Academy where they benefit from coaching sessions that complement their sport-specific training with their clubs.

The academy is delivered in three stages, with stage 1 being the entry point and stage three being for athletes who are on a recognised NGB pathway.Medway Sporting Academy coaching

The coaching team represent a range of sports and have experience of developing athletes to national and international level.

They focus on three core multi-skills areas:

  • movement skills including agility, balance co-ordination, jumping, receiving, sending, striking and travelling
  • sports skills including athletics, creative movement, invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games Medway Sporting Academy runtracka

As athletes progress through the academy and succeed in their chosen sports they are able to benefit from sport science workshops led by the University of Kent. The workshops cover nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention and performance planning and help the young athletes develop the skills and knowledge.

Parents are also invited to attend a parental behaviour workshops, where they can learn how best to support and influence their children to reach their sporting potential.Medway Sporting Academy longjump


Supporting Medway's talented athletes

Medway Sport also offers an Athlete Support Programme to assist Medway's athletes aged 12-21 competing at county level and higher. The programme entitles athletes to:

  • Reduced physiotherapy rates for services provided by the University of Kent
  • Access to a number of University of Kent Sports Science workshops Medway Sporting Academy group
  • Shokk Membership for under 16s with extended access till 6pm (county or higher)
  • Gym & Swim membership for 16 plus (regional levels and above)
  • Offer a place on our Sporting Academy programme for appropriate age groups without trials Medway Sporting Academy coach back

To qualify for inclusion an athlete must:

  • Live in Medway or be a Medway athlete studying at university whose parents still live in Medway;
  • Be aged 12 - 21 on 1 April 2018
  • If under 16: Represent the county/county team (or be ranked in the top 10 at county level for individual sports with official county rankings), or a higher representative level, in a Sport England- funded sport.
  • Aged 16 plus: Represent the region/or a regional team or a higher representation level, in a Sport England-funded sport.

Applications for 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 need to be emailed to mark.roughsedge@medway.gov.uk between 1 March to 31 March 2018. Please list full details answering qualification criteria above within your email.

If you do not match the criteria above please visit Kent FANS scheme website, where an appropriate offer may be available.

The Medway Sporting Academy has a number of notable alumni, including international modern pentathletes, football and rugby players, national swimmers, runners, triathletes, squash players and rugby league players.

The Athlete Programme has supported Medway World Cup winner Rachael Burford and Paralympic gold medallist Charlotte Evans.

For more information on Medway's athlete programme and to discuss how it can help an athlete you know, phone Mark Roughsedge on 01634 336673, or email mark.roughsedge@medway.gov.uk.