My son is sports mad and his interest in cricket grew from watching the Ashes victory for England on TV in 2005. That summer we played cricket in our garden using a plastic bat, tennis balls and an up-turned bin as the wicket. Through an acquaintance at his school we found out about Farnham CC and in the Spring of 2006 my son (aged six) and I turned up to our first training session at Farnham Park and nine years later we’re still here.
I had played cricket at school and a bit in young adult life but when we first went to Farnham CC it was more than ten years since I’d played properly and the thought of getting involved helping run a boys team hadn’t crossed my mind. When one of the other Dads asked if I’d help out I was happy to do so, thoroughly enjoyed it and from then on was involved.
I became manager of my sons age group team and with the help and support of other parents I’ve been running the team from U8 to U16. The club supported me in becoming a qualified Level two coach and as my son was a good player, he was selected to play representative cricket for West Surrey District, and I got involved helping them as well.
Being involved at Farnham CC has been brilliant for me, as I’ve met so many great people in Farnham and in the wider Surrey area, and I’ve been privileged to be part of an activity my son loves. I’m sure I’ll still be involved at Farnham CC in some capacity when he’s playing for the First XI !!
My advice to any parent who has a child at the club, is get involved. It’ll be great for your child and it’ll be good for you too. To my mind there’s nothing better than helping young people thrive in an activity they enjoy.