Farningham Cricket Club
Farningham Cricket Club was founded in 1857 by a small group of local men and boys wishing to play cricket for a team of their own.
After a number of years the villages clubbed together and bought the ground from the farmer whose field they were playing in and became Life Members of the club.
To this day cricket is still being played at Farningham but unlike 1857 not all members live and work in Farningham. At present we run two league teams on a Saturday and one on a Sunday. There is a much bigger and substantially improved club house, which includes a bar, patio and play area for children.
We currently field two Saturday league sides, both of them playing in the Kent Village League. We entered the League 3 years ago and the 1st XI won division three at the first attempt.
Last year the 2nd XI won division 6 and are reigning champions. We also have a Sunday team who play friendly matches at home against lots of local sides.
In 2014 the club are putting in efforts to obtain funding to go ahead with our new net project and artificial strip. At the time of writing we are into the last stage of the funding application and everything is crossed that this is successful. In addition we need to raise 10% towards the costs of the project. We will therefore be running various events throughout the season to put towards our project.
Since 2009 FCC has been establishing a Junior section, to date we have had some 80 to 90 children training on Thursday evenings. We have recently obtained ECB Clubmark accreditation and this puts us in line with the top clubs around the country. This is an accreditation from the ECB in respect of children’s development, safeguarding and wellbeing.
Such has been the success and growth of the Junior section that training will now take place on Monday and Thursday evenings to maintain a good coach to player ratio. We have competitive cricket for Under 15's, Under 13's and two Under 11 sides and mini cricket festivals for Under 9's.