The Farke Knights Rises CFC

By Dave Bishop

The Farke Knight Rises CFC were founded in 2019 as a seven-a-side team with the idea of donating all their subs from the games to charity – this after being offered a place in a local league free of charge to help with their fundraising.

In June 2021, the club made the decision to move away from seven-a-side football and held their first ever eleven-a-side match to raise money for MIND and it is fair to say that since then, they haven’t looked back having raised over £30,500.00 for many local and national charities through their matches and regular social nights.

Based at the Trinity Social Club and playing many of their games at “Goals” in Southend, the Farke Knight Rises are now well established on the local footballing scene and aim to play a game a month as part of their fundraising schedule.

Founder member Lee Clark takes up the story: “We have a great bunch of people playing for our team, all wanting to make a difference to the community and wider.

“We don’t play in a league and we play football strictly to raise money for charities and to help others.

“Our motto has always been that it doesn’t matter about the result because charity is always the winner.”

In addition to the Farke Knight Rises, Lee is greatly involved in charity fundraising in his own right, having recently completed the London Marathon – with his next project being to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  

Indeed since 2007, he has completed 171 different events for 51 charities and raised over £234,000.00 – an utterly amazing feat indeed.

To find out more about the Farke Knight Rises CFC or to donate, please go to their website – or follow them via their various social media outlets.    


Brian Jeeves