There are a number of Sports clubs in the village, most of whom form part of the Dedham Sports Club.  Others not affiliated with the Sports Club are also listed in this section.  Click here for a map of the location of the Sports Club.

Dedham Sports Club

Sports Club LogoThe primary objective of the Dedham Sports Club is to provide members with an opportunity to take part in recreational and social activities and to administer the Dedham Sports Club and its premises.  Over the last two years the club premises on Duchy Field have been updated, with new flooring, new lighting, updates to the kitchen and furnishings.  The management of the club is in the hands of a committee drawn from the following organisations.

The club premises are also used by non sporting groups such as Parent & Toddler Group, Sing and Stretch, and the Dedham Sports Club Quiz team.  For more details on these organisations visit the Village Life page.  The playing fields often feature in the annual awards of the  Essex Playing Fields Association.  If you wish to contact the Sports Club please the email form alongside. Use the links above to access information about a club, to access a website of the club, just click on their website link, also you can use the contact forms alongside to contact any of the clubs.  Links to other sports organisations are shown below.



Dedham Old Boys Football Club

DOBFC LogoDedham Old Boys Football Club is one the oldest clubs in Essex. One of the first games played by Dedham was against Harwich & Parkeston Football Club (The Shrimpers) who visited Dedham in November 1877. The match was played on the Grammar School ground which is the same ground used today by Dedham Old Boys.   Both the First Team and the Reserve Team play in the Essex and Suffolk Border League.  For a brief history of the club, click on the DOBFC History document below.


Dedham Junior Football Club

Junior FootballThe Dedham Junior Football Club play their home games on the Duchy field.  We currently have one team which will play at U16 level during the 2016/17 season.  We train on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, with games being played on Sundays.



Dedham Cricket Club

Dedham CC play their home games in a picturesque setting in the centre of the village. The 500 year old church of St Mary the Virgin, that provides the back drop, is featured in many of the paintings of John Constable. The pavilion has a large lounge providing excellent views over the ground. The two changing rooms both have their own shower facilities.  Car parking is adjacent to the pavilion, however this can be limited.  On most match days there is a car park just before you reach the Pavilion on the left hand side (small field) which can be used.   Vehicular access to the ground is via Southfields (off Brook Street) while pedestrian access can be gained from the High Street.


 Dedham Tennis Club

Tennis Club logoDedham Tennis Club, is a community based club with three all-weather tennis courts. It is situated on the playing fields behind the Parish Church, just off Dedham High Street and Brook Street. We actively welcome new members across all ages & abilities, for those who are more "occasional players", we offer online court booking to both members & non-members.

What does Dedham Tennis Club offer?

  1. A Club for All - LTA registered community tennis club.  We welcome players of all ages and ability.
  2. Superb Value Membership - Junior Membership, Adult Full & Weekday, Family Membership.
  3. Coaching Programs - Junior & Adult Coaching. Professional Coaches.
  4. More than Tennis - Regular social events including quiz night, golf days, club dinners & more ..
  5. Family Friendly - Tennis for all the family, Friendly & safe environment, Swings & play area in view.


Dedham Carpet Bowls Club

BowlsClubDedham Carpet Bowls Club was formed in 1993. We currently have around 20 members and would like to increase that number, our constitution allows for a maximum of 40 members. Bowling sessions are usually held on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon in the Sports Pavilion. The club participates in league games during the Winter and Summer as well as taking part in and running various competitions.  The 2016-17 Winter League season started on 1st September 2016, we take part in the Colchester East League, for the latest results check out the ECCBA website.

Our major competition is the Peggy Brooks Memorial competition which usually takes place in September when 20 local teams compete for the Rose Bowl Trophy.  If you would like to try your hand at Carpet Bowls come along on a Tuesday evening, the practice sessions starts at 7.00pm.


Dedham Table Tennis Club

TableTennisDedham Table tennis club play their games in the Colchester Table Tennis League.  There are three teams, Dedham A, who play in Division 1, Team B, who play in Division 2 and Team C, who play in Division 3.  Out of season (i.e. May to August) we have a regular Club night on a Monday for practice.  Newcomers are welcome but please contact George Berry via the contact form alongside first if you would be interested in learning to play, or already play and would like to join our friendly club and play in one of our teams.


Dedham Shotokan Karate Club

Dedham Shotokan Karate Club, a member of the Toyakwai Association, was established in 1970 and caters for boys, girls, men and women of all ages and abilities.  This family-friendly club meets locally on Sundays at 10am in the Langham Community Centre and on Tuesdays at 7pm in the Duchy Barn, Dedham. For further information contact Stephen on 07887 766091.


Dedham Run

A great day out for all the family and supporting the local community.  Although the exact origins of the Dedham Run have been lost to time –perhaps unsurprising given that the run is at least 25 years old- the purpose has always been clear: to offer a great day out for all the family, whilst raising money for the Dedham Primary School and other youth organisations central to the community of Dedham.The race is popular with both competitive and fun runners alike and you will be certain of a warm welcome from this quintessential English village in the heart of “Constable Country”. 

Now plan for this years run!   Sunday 17th September 2017.  Enter online from April 2017


Location of playing field (Duchy Field) - Post Code CO7 6AH

Map showing the playing field (Duchy Field) in Dedham which is approached via Brook Street, Crown Street, Southfields and The Drift from the centre of the village.  The map also shows the location of the village car park.


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