Sports netting and other new facilities will be available to the residents of Medway over the coming years after Princess Anne officially unveiled a renovated leisure centre.

Gillingham's Medway Park, formerly known as the Black Lion, underwent an £11 million regeneration project, including an extended sports hall and outdoor running track.

The site will be used by Barbados, Senegal and Nepal's Olympic squads in the run-up to, and during, the Olympic Games next year.

Rodney Chambers, the leader of Medway Council, told Kent News ahead of the opening that he was delighted that Princess Anne could attend.

"We are very pleased The Princess Royal will be coming to Medway to officially open our centre of sporting excellence," he said.

"Princess Anne will be visiting on the first day of competitions and I am sure the Princess will enjoy her day here."

The venue now boasts 12 courts in its sports hall, with new sports netting among the introductions to the site.

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