Medway Sporting Academy
The Medway Sporting Academy - a development programme for
Medway’s top young athletes - gives every primary school child in
Medway the opportunity to fulfil his or her full sporting
It is open to the best children in Medway each year.
Expert coaches analyse the most talented 10 and 11-year-olds in
Medway, looking for the skills and attributes pivotal to sporting
They then work with the athletes over a five-year period,
developing the core skills and abilities they require to fulfil
Medway Sporting Academy, the first scheme of its kind in the
country, focuses on the long-term development of the area’s most
promising talents by creating a fully integrated pathway to
It has been developed in consultation with:
- Medway's two International Sporting Ambassadors, Danny Crates
and Steve Backley;
- the Youth Sport Trust;
- PE teachers
- primary schools;
Clubmark clubs and
- Medway’s Community Sports Network.
In phase one academy recruits focus on developing:
- A sound running style;
In phase two they continue to work on these
elements but also focus on:
- explosive power
- visualisation; and
- spatial awareness.
They do this while pursuing a club career in
one or more sports
In phase three the University of Kent’s
Centre for Sports Studies staff equip the athletes with knowledge
- injury prevention and treatment
- physiological testing
The combination of the academy sessions, club
coaches and university sports science experts give the recruits
every chance of fulfilling their sporting potential.
The academy identifies recruits through a robust selection
Children identified for their performances at Mini Youth Games
events, nominated by their school or nominated by their club attend
a skills assessment day at Medway Park.
This day is used to identify 80 recruits - the top one per cent
of 10 and 11-year-olds in Medway.
Performance data gathered at the academy is circulated to
schools to ensure its talent development work reaches every child
The academy’s patron, Paralympic gold medallist and world record
holder Danny Crates said, “I am very honoured to be patron of the
Medway Sporting Academy.
"It is essential that we harness the talent of our future
champions and nurture it in a controlled environment. Medway is
definitely leading the field in this area.”
You can see Danny and pupils from Featherby Junior School,
Park Wood Junior School and St Margaret's Junior School in the
Medway Sporting Academy promotional film (www.spaghettiweston.com/medway-sporting-academy.html).