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.
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.
Former FCC players include Trevor Ward (Kent) and Stiaan Van Zyl (Cape Cobras and SA)
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark