Medway launches new Sports Coaches programme
Medway launches new Sports Coaches programme

A new programme to attract and train sports coaches will begin at Medway Park, Gillingham in September.Sports coaching

In recognition of the important role that coaches and volunteers play in grassroots sport, the Medway Sport team is launching a new-look programme to help attract and develop the next generation of coaches.

The council is also working closely with national governing bodies to provide sport-specific level 1 courses for aspiring coaches to become qualified in a sport of their choice, as well as organising generic workshops to help enhance the knowledge and skills of existing coaches.

A new introductory module, First Steps into Coaching, provides aspiring coaches with a general overview of the core skills needed to become a coach, as well support and an assessment of their training needs.

Places on the Sports Coach UK-certified workshop cost just £5, and are being offered free of charge to volunteers as part of theMedway Sporting Ambassadors programme, in recognition of their contribution to sport in Medway

The programme also offers regular education workshops to support the continuous professional development of coaches. Modules on offer include psychology, nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology, and preparing for and recovering from sport. Each module costs £25 and lasts three hours.

Medway Park also hosts generic first aid and child protection training throughout the year – both essential qualifications for new coaches.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “Our coaches and volunteers play a vital role in coaching the local community, making it possible for more people to play and succeed in sport.

“The Medway Sports Coaches programme creates a clear pathway for developing the skills and attributes of aspiring and existing coaches.”

For more information and dates of forthcoming workshops visit


Forthcoming Courses


First Steps into Coaching


  • Saturday, 21 September 2013, 9am-12pm
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 6.30pm-9.30pm           
  • Thursday, 27 February 2014, 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday, 28 June 2014, 9.30am-12.30pm          
  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm           


Preparing and Recovering from Sport

  • Saturday, 7 September 2013, 1pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Saturday, 7 June 2014, 9.30am-12.30pm     


Understanding the Athlete’s Body

  • Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Saturday, 15 March 2014, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday, 24 May 2014, 1pm-4pm


Sports Nutrition

  • Tuesday 12 November 2013, 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Saturday, 15 March 2014, 1pm-4pm
  • Saturday, 13 September 2014 9.30am-12.30pm


Sports Psychology

  • Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Saturday, 13 September 2014, 1pm-4pm


All of the above workshops take place at Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham.


To book a place on any of the Medway Sports Coaches programme, email [email protected] or call 01634 338766.