The town is a popular destination for water sports; it has two sailing clubs – Herne Bay and Hampton Pier; as well as a well known coastal rowing club, located near Hampton Pier, which holds a annual regatta in July. The town has previously hosted the Zapcat powerboat racing championships. The Herne Bay Angling Association competes nationally in beach and boat fishing competitions.
Herne Bay Hockey Club, Herne Bay United Roller Hockey Club, Greenhill Gymnastics Club, Herne Bay Cricket Club and Herne Bay Youth Football Club are all located at Herne Bay High School, a specialist sports college. The hockey club runs a ladies’ team and five men’s teams, the highest of which plays in the Kent Sussex Regional 1st XI League. Herne Bay Cricket Club runs two junior teams, a men’s Sunday team and two men’s Saturday teams; the Saturday teams play in the Kent Cricket Feeder League East.
Herne Bay Youth Football Club has 22 teams, and over 320 players aged 6 to 18. Four teams play in the Kent Youth League and the remainder in the East Kent Youth Mini Soccer & 11 a Side Leagues. Herne Bay Football Club,based at Winch’s Field, play in the Kent League Premier Division. They were Kent League champions in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998.
Herne Bay Tennis Club is situated on the outskirts of town and runs multiple teams in the Kent League, East Kent League and Dover & District League. Their facilities include four all-weather courts (two floodlit), up to six astroturf courts and a purpose built clubhouse. The club offers junior coaching and runs regular club nights for players of all ages and abilities.
Herne Bay Basketball Club runs teams for men, women and juniors in the East Kent Basketball League. The Memorial Park contains a sports field, eight tennis courts and a basketball court which can be used free of charge. Herne Bay Bowling Club is situated next to the Memorial Park and hosts several lawn bowls Open Tournaments each year.
Herne Bay Judo Club, located next to the town’s railway station has been active in the town since the 1960′s. The club originated underneath the old St Marys college on station road until it moved into the purpose built dojo where it still resides.
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