Holloway, Park Lane, Elham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6UU Tel. 01303 840230
Elham Valley Cricket Club is Club Mark accredited and membership is open and inclusive to all.
ECB Clubmark URN 1100
Elham Valley cricket Club has a rich history going back over 100 years. Earliest records show the club playing as The Gentlemen of Elham. At this stage the club were thought to play to the south of Elham but since the early 1900s have played just north of the village originally at the Gore and since 2000 at Hollaway field.
The club has produced some fine cricketers over the years with L.E.G Ames (Kent and England) being our most well known, and to date have younger players of both genders representing their age group at county level and in the Kent Acadamy.
The club is Governed by a management committe led by the Chairman Mr Frank Hobbs, Vice-Chairman Mr Mark Fieldwick and Secretary Mr Chris Laker. There are a further six committe members, including a strong representation from our Junior section. The junior section is reasonably self governing and reports to the general committee on a monthly basis, ensuring good communication across the club. All club management positions are elected at the Clubs AGM, as well as non-committee roles such as captains.
Financial governance is led by our treasurer, Mr Andrew Sellars. All financial decisions above an agreed level are made by the club committee.
The club is fortunate to be positioned on the outskirts of the village of Elham set under the chalk downlands of the Elham Valley. The ground is set away from roads, is quiet and offers pleasant views across traditional kentish farmlands. The natural bowl that the ground sits in offers excellent veiwing from all positions and plenty of room for children to play in. we welcome anyone to the club to watch village cricket in a truely picturesque setting. Visitors are also welcome to use our bar facilities in the club house.
We run two sides on Saturdays. One side plays friendly cricket against other local sides. The other is a development side which was entered into the bottom tier of the Kent Feeder League in 2013. The Development side was initiated to ensure that our older junior players have the opportunity to play senior cricket, providing them with a stepping stone from our strong junior section. This team managed to gain promotion for the 2014 season. The senior Sunday side play in the Kent Village League, the team has has been fighting in the top 2 divisions for numerous seasons and won division 2 in 2016. They also play friendlies on non league weekends.
We have a very active junior section coaching from U9 up to the U15 age groups and the club is wholly committed to the development of young crickers. We enter teams in the Saxon Shore league in the U11and U13. The U15 side paying in the Canterbury league and a number of friendlies to accomodate those who do not play in league games. We also run group coaching sessions on Saturdays from May to September from 10am-12pm and one evening a week for most age groups. Our coaches are qualified through the ECB or are working towards a coaching qualification. The club has adopted the ECB safe hands policy putting our juniors safety first.