Sport is being given another boost in Medway with the announcement that a pioneering training scheme will run for a second year.
The Medway Coaching Academy, which aims to provide the next generation of sports coaches in the borough, is being run again in 2012 and residents are being invited to apply for one of the 60 places.
Suzanne Loveridge, 23, from Cliffe Woods, successfully completed the scheme last year and now works as a volunteer supporting the coaching of young athletes at the Medway Park sporting centre in Gillingham.
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 scheme is being run by Medway Council in an aim to encourage new people to get involved in coaching and volunteering in sport. It is open to anyone over the age of 16.
The course covers subjects such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, sports injuries and prevention and psychology.
Successful graduates are then given support and advice to gain sport specific coaching qualifications. They are also put on Medway’s volunteer database, giving them access to an array of opportunities to get involved in community and elite level sport.
The Medway Coaching Academy has been awarded an Inspire Mark by London 2012 committee, for the contribution the scheme is making to encourage participation in sport.