Medway Council is determined to deliver a lasting legacy from
the London 2012 Games through our schools and colleges.
Medway has received national recognition for its 2012-inspired
schools programme, Our Medway, and is also actively promoting
London 2012's Get Set education scheme.
The creation of the Medway Park centre of sporting excellence
has also created fantastic new opportunities for Medway's college
and university students.
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Our Medway is one of the council's most ambitious projects to
demonstrate the wider benefits and appeal of the Olympics and
Paralympics beyond competitive sport.
This Olympic-inspired schools programme has been developed by
the council's education advisers.
It will involve 25,000 young people from Medway’s 87 primary
schools in the four years before 2012.
Our Medway was the first local authority education project in
the country to receive the London 2012 Inspire Mark. This
recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by
the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
more about the Our Medway project and how your school can get
Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for
schools, colleges and local authority education providers across
The aim of the Get Set network is to bring schools, colleges and
non-mainstream learning providers together in a dynamic and
Get Set aims to ensure a lasting educational, cultural and
social legacy from the 2012 Games.
The Get Set website
Get Set: The official
London 2012 education programme offers a huge variety of
opportunities, with resources targeted at three to
It has a range of flexible, interactive learning resources
designed to get schools and pupils thinking about the Olympic and
Paralympic Values - with games, factsheets, films, news articles
and much more.
More than one in 10 schools and colleges are already registered
with Get Set, and more sign up each day.
Schools and colleges can register
Podium is the Further and Higher Education unit for the 2012
It has a nationwide remit and has three major aims:
- to communicate both within the sectors and with outside
agencies about the potential for universities and colleges to
support the successful staging and delivery of the London 2012
Games and to help create a wide reaching and lasting legacy;
- to facilitate collaborative work and the sharing of best
practice within the sectors (and their communities) in order to
develop projects and events which maximise the benefits of hosting
the 2012 Games;
- to work with institutions to use the 2012 Games as a catalyst
to enhance existing activity and place the Further and Higher
Education sectors in the global spotlight.
For further information visit the Podium
Education and Medway Park
The £11m project to create the Medway
Park centre of sporting excellence provides opportunities for
students and pupils of all ages in Medway.
The University of Kent has invested £3m in the development to
create a state-of-the-art sports centre and sports
The centre includes lecture suites and seminar rooms and
provides students with the opportunity to work with athletes and
members of the public.
Medway Park also provides elite sporting facilities for use by
all Universities at Medway students.
The new MidKent College campus is adjacent to Medway Park,
providing sports-related courses using Medway Park
Working in partnership with the Medway's two specialist sports
colleges, the two school sports partnerships and the two new
academies being developed in Medway to host schools events at the
centre of excellence.
Medway Park has more than 40 primary schools within a 1.24 mile
(2km) radius. It is also the venue for the new Medway Sporting Academy and a number of
Mini Youth Games events.
Medway Sporting Academy
The Medway Sporting Academy is a pioneering new initiative to
provide a structured pathway to excellence for Medway’s talented
young athletes and unearth future generations of sporting
The academy identifies 80 primary school-aged children each year
who demonstrate the most potential based on tests of core skills
including speed, reactions, agility and coordination.
These children then attend monthly sessions at Medway Park,
where they develop these core skills and learn from expert coaches
and instructors about the importance of nutrition and sports
The academy also links recruits to local clubs and national
governing bodies to ensure their skills and potential are
channelled in the best direction.
Medway Games is a comprehensive programme harnessing the
enthusiasm generated by the 2012 Games to encourage sports
participation across the whole community.
The programme includes a Mini Youth Games, Secondary School
Games, Disability Youth Games, Business Games and Community Games,
all delivered by the council's 2012 and Sports Development Team in
association with the two School Sports Partnerships, local clubs
and national governing bodies.
Champion of Champions events also take place during the
Medway Festival of Sport,
with successful schools able to progress on to county-wide
The Games celebrate the Olympic ideals of excellence, friendship
and respect, and the Paralympic vision to empower, achieve and
inspire, and a major focus is placed on encouraging participation
and fair play.