Congratulations, you have reached the home page of the Kent & East Sussex district of The Forty Club or, as the logo infers, the XL Club. The Club was founded in 1936 with membership originally being for those of 40 years or over. The Club now accepts applications for membership from those aged 35 or over - separate conditions exist for school teachers (please see main Forty Club website) – and in a trial that began in 2013 – associate membership for players of 18 years and older.
The Kent & East Sussex District also includes part of the London metropolitan area south of the Thames and east of a line running approximately south from Southwark and Lambeth to Tatsfield, including Walworth, Penge and Norwood. Dulwich is also included in our district.
The primary objective of the XL Club is to take cricket to schools with high-class players being an example to youth both in standards of play and general behaviour. In earlier days former county and minor county players were the basis of most sides. Today membership is concentrated in those who have played 1st XI club cricket. Age is no obstacle to ability.
As a wandering club, the Forty Club does not own a ground, but enjoys a membership of over 3000 nationwide plus a growing number overseas. Under a central administration, the UK is divided into 12 Districts each with its own Chairman responsible for matches in his area and for social activities to bring members together.
Club members may apply for any match that the Club plays in, not just those within a member's own district. Just contact (as early as possible) the respective Match Manager who's details will be found in the fixture card issued annually to members.
Foreign Tours and Inter District competitions, etc. are held each year - check out the other pages on this site and the various links for further information.
The District also has a presence on play-cricket.com, but that is purely for administrative purposes - click here to access.