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Medway Coaching Academy logoApplications are now open for the second year of a pioneering scheme to nurture the next generation of sports coaches in Medway.

Picture of students at the Medway Coaching AcademyThe Medway Coaching Academy, run by Medway Council’s 2012 and Sports Development Team’s Coaching Academy, is harnessing the inspiration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage new people to get involved in coaching and volunteering in sport.

The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 16 in Medway and involves the completion of a foundation course of six modules. These take place at Medway Park and cover subjects including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, sports injuries and prevention and psychology.

Successful graduates are then given support and advice to gain and sport-specific coaching qualifications. They can also join Medway’s volunteer database and get access to an array of opportunities to get involved in community and elite level sport.

Suzanne Loveridge, 23 from Cliffe Woods, completed the modules this year and has gone on to work as a volunteer supporting the coaching of young athletes at Medway Park.

She said: “The modules contained good and relevant information about coaching, no matter which sport you would like to do. You share the room with so many different people wanting to coach in different fields of sports, which opens your eyes to what is out there and enables you to have good contacts for future work.”

The editorial version of the London 2012 Inspire MarkThe Medway Coaching Academy has been awarded an Inspire Mark by London 2012 organises, for the contribution the scheme is making to encourage participation in sport.

The award is the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme that recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s community services portfolio holder, said: “High calibre coaches are vital to supporting increased participation levels in sport and establishing Medway as a regional centre of sporting excellence.

“We already have some excellent coaches and clubs training and competing here and this is an exciting opportunity for yet more people to join the army of coaches delivering sport in Medway and inspiring our future stars.”

There are 60 places available on the 2012 academy, and places are free to Medway residents. Any spare places will be opened up to non Medway residents for a small fee.

For more information and to apply online visit www.medway.gov.uk/coachingacademy.  Alternatively call Medway Council’s 2012 and Sports Development Team on 01634 338766 or email sportsdevteam@medway.gov.uk.

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