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Spectator sport in Canterbury: the only sport with attendances of any significance is cricket, thanks to its large venue and professional team. Otherwise, there are many local teams for other sports playing at an amateur level though attendances for these are small.
Kent County Cricket Club has its home at the newly-rebranded Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury (but also plays at Tunbridge Wells and Beckenham). Kent currently plays in the second tier league called LV= County Championship Divison Two, where matches take place over 4 days, and the Kent Spitfires play in the one-day T20 and CB40 competitions. Canterbury Cricket Week is the most popular event during the year. The season runs from April-September.
Canterbury Rugby Club men's rugby union team plays in the regional division called National League 2 South (4th tier of English rugby) The team plays at Merton Farm, a couple of miles south of the city centre. The rugby season is from September-April.
Canterbury Hockey Club has men's and women's teams field hockey teams that both play in their respective national premier divisions. Matches are played at Polo Farm, a couple of miles east of the city centre on the main A257 road with frequent bus services.The hockey season is September-March.
Canterbury City FC's amateur football (soccer) team reformed in 2007 after the previous club folded. The team is currently in the Southern Counties East football league where crowd attendances are rarely above 100. It currently ground-shares in the neighbouring town of Herne Bay after the old Kingsmead Stadium was redeveloped for housing but the club is ambitious and hoping to both move up the amateur leagues and relocate back to the city. The nearest professional club is Gillingham FC which currently plays in the Sky Bet League 1 (third tier of English football) and is an easy 45 min train journey and then a short walk to the ground; attendances are between 5000-10000. The football season is August-May.
Canterbury even has its own amateur American Football team, the East Kent Mavericks.
Herne Bay United roller hockey team is one of England's leading teams in this amateur sport, being frequent winners of the Premier League thus often qualifying for European competition (though usually getting soundly beaten by professional European opposition!). The team plays with two other local teams at the brand new (2011) Bay Sports Arena facility in the nearby town of Herne Bay.
Aire Trampoline Club is a British Gymnastics Registered Club. The Club is based at a purpose facility in Cotton Road, Canterbury, Kent. It is East Kent's Newest and Finest Equipped Trampoline Club. The club owns 6 olympic sized trampolines and runs 30 sessions a week for children and all abilities.
For information about other local sports, a good place to start is www.kentsport.org/sports.cfm