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The Croquet Academy

is located at Sussex County Croquet Club, Victoria Road, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4DJ  Tel: 01273 591874
The Main Entrance to the Club and Car park is in Kingston Lane – for Satnav use BN43 6YW (College opposite entrance)
Further information here.

Courses:

GC Beginners’ and Improvers’ Course
AC Introduction to Association Croquet
Coach Training Course (CTC) (Club Coach)
Croquet Mind Over Matter
GC Referees’ Refresher Course
AC Improvers’ Course
Coach Qualification Course (CQC) (Grade1&2  AC & GC)
One-to-One & Small Group Coaching
AC Towards the Triple Peel Course
AC Development Course in Handicap Play
AC Introduction & Development in Advanced Play
AC Workshop inc. Video Analysis
GC Moving Towards ‘A’ Level Play
AC Laws & Referees’ Qualification Course
GC Rules & Referees’ Qualification Course
GC Masterclass
GC Workshop inc. Video Analysis
GC Coached Games Day
AC High Handicap Follow-Up Course
AC Supervised High Bisque Tournament

General Notes:

1.
Entry on the club online entry system at thecroquetacademy.com is the preferred method. There is no need to complete a paper form as well.
2.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Croquet Academy". Please state the course(s) on reverse of cheque.
3.
If you wish to pay by electronic transfer, please email courses@thecroquetacademy.com or the Course Secretary on each course for account details.
4.
Morning coffee, light lunch and tea will be available on all courses unless you are notified otherwise. Please confirm on the entry form that you will be having lunch and indicate any special dietary requirements.
5.
Please indicate other coaching courses attended during the prior two years.
6.
If an email address is provided, your entry receipt and further communications will be made by email.
7.
If you need to discuss a course further contact Janet Hoptroff at courses@thecroquetacademy.com tel: 01903 859417 or the Course Secretary shown against each Course.
8.
Cancellations: Within 1 week of start of course - no refund; outside one week - refund of fee minus £5 administration charge.
9.
Reservations for courses are based on the time the booking is confirmed with payment. Availability for courses will be updated on The Academy website, and once a course is full applicants can be considered for the reserve list.
10.
The Course fee will include a Course Manual or Course Notes, in pdf form, unless otherwise indicated.


GC Beginners' & Improvers' Course
Date:
3 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Janet Hoptroff
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps 7 + (or none)
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course targeted at Beginners and all grades of Improvers in the ‘C’ Level handicap category.
2.
Content includes: Playing techniques including striking the ball, hoop running, principles of tactical play, promoting partner ball, effective use of extra turns, understanding basic rules, clearing opponent ball, jump shots, cannons, tactical problems.
3.
Participants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.

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Introduction to Association Croquet
Date:
4 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Morgan Case
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to beginners
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For those who are new to Croquet, or GC players who would like to learn more about AC.
2.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks and using bisques, the use of a variable pivot and practice routines.

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Coach Training Course (CTC) (Club Coach)
Dates:
4-5 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW. Tel. 01903 745793
anne@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Open to AC & GC players aspiring to become a Club Coach.   AC & GC Coaching.
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to CA members. To attend the course you are expected to have a working knowledge of AC Laws and/or Golf Croquet Rules. A £40 Subsidy may be available.
2.
The course aims to develop your coaching skills and forms the first part of the Club Coach Training Process.
3.
Participants will not be required to cover both AC and GC.
4.
Only CA members can be entered onto the CA Register and receive coaching badges. For details of the Coach Qualification Process, please refer to the CA website:    ‘Becoming a Coach

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Croquet: Mind Over Matter
Date:
5 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Rich Waterman
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW. Tel. 01903 745793
anne@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Practical course for AC & GC players, aimed at improving ones mental approach to the game.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for Association Croquet and Golf Croquet players who want to improve their performance in competitive play. 80% of sports performance is mental.
2.
Course content to include preparing for a match, managing emotional states in play, focus, maximising your chance of shot success, dealing with bad shots. becoming a more effective competitor, how to model the best players and how to improve your game when you aren't even on the lawns.

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GC Referees' Refresher Course
Dates:
10 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Ian Cobbold
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW. Tel. 01903 745793
anne@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Open to existing GC Referees.
GC Coaching.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to existing GC Referees.
2.
Changes to the GC Rules will be covered in the morning, with the afternoon covering all Rules and their interpretation.
3.
An ideal opportunity for new Referees to improve their confidence, and to discuss experiences that have occurred during the year.
4.
A £17.50 subsidy may be available.
5.
Ian Cobbold will be assisted by Richard Brooks. Both are GC Examining and GC Championship Referees. Richard Brooks is a member of the CA GC Rules Committee.

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AC Improvers’ Course
Dates:
10-11 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 18 and above
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For players in the range 18 and above
2.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing and developing breaks and using bisques, the use of a variable pivot and practice routines.
3.
Ideal as a follow-on to the one-day Introduction to AC Course.

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Coach Qualification Course (CQC) (Grade 1 & 2, GC & AC)
Dates:
11-12 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW. Tel. 01903 745793
anne@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Open to AC & GC players aspiring to coach above the level of Club Coach.
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to CA members. To attend the course you are expected to have a good knowledge of AC Laws and/or Golf Croquet Rules. A £40 Subsidy may be available.
2.
This two day coaching course is aimed at Coaches who aspire to coach above the level of Club Coach, and higher grade Coaches who wish to refresh and improve their existing coaching skills.
3.
Applicants are not required to hold an existing coaching qualification.
4.
Participants will not be required to cover both AC and GC.
5.
Only CA members can be entered onto the CA Register, and receive coaching badges. For details of the Qualification Process, please refer to the CA website:   ‘Becoming a Coach’.

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One-to-One & Small Group Coaching AC & GC
Dates:
See below
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones 11 & 12 April 2019
Daphne Gaitley & other Leading Academy Coaches: Various Dates
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. 01903 859417
janet@thcroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC and GC Coaching for all handicaps. 1 and 1.5 hour sessions.
Entry Fee:
Price on application – depending on requirement.
Special conditions for this course
1.
Open to AC & GC Players of all handicaps.
2.
Suitable for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced - individuals and groups of 4.
3.
To include detailed analysis and recommendations for practice.
4.
Please contact the Coaching Secretary (see above) with an outline of your coaching requirements and to discuss a Date and Session time.

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AC Towards the Triple Peel
Dates:
13-14 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 8 or less
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A development Course in Advanced Play. Ideally for those with handicaps of 8 or less, who wish to work towards, or know more about, the Triple Peel.
2.
Content to include: standard and various delayed triples, the straight triple, leaves for triples, precision breaks and associated topics. Tactics and an amount of personal technique will be included.

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AC Development Course in Handicap Play
Dates:
16-17 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 12-18 (Min: 12 Max: 18)
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Association Croquet Coaching restricted to handicap 12-18 unless otherwise agreed with the Lead Coach.
2.
Ideal for those wishing to consolidate the basics and improve their game by advancing their techniques and tactics.
3.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks, using bisques to create and maintain breaks, tactics.
4.
The course is designed to prepare players to improve their handicap play and should enable successful players to consider Advanced Croquet the following season.

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AC Introduction & Development Course in Advanced Play
Dates:
16-17 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Nigel Polhill
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 6-14 (Min: 6 Max: 14)
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for those Association players who want to start or improve their skills at advanced play level.
2.
Most suitable for players handicapped 6 - 14.
3.
Content: To include Leaves, Law 36, Openings, perfecting the basic strokes, break management, picking up the break from the missed lift shot, peeling and tactics in the advanced game.

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AC Workshop inc. Video Analysis
Dates:
24 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching – any handicap
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This Course is ideal for AC players of all levels wishing to improve their game.
2.
Content includes: Video Analysis.
3.
The Morning will concentrate on working on specific areas of improvement, with practice and coached games in the afternoon.

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GC Moving Towards ‘A’ Level Play
Dates:
25 April 2019
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 3-6
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course designed to move players towards ‘A’ grade play.
2.
Content includes: Playing techniques including jump shots, cannons, promoting partner ball, the principles of tactical play, tactical problems, effective use of extra turns and the rules.

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AC Laws & Referees’ Qualification Course
Dates:
Course: 1-2 May 2019
Exam: 16 May 2019
Lead Coach:
Jeff Dawson
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Association Croquet Referees Course
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Run as a two-day Course, with the written and practical Exam being held on 16 May, the course is open to CA members.
2.
This course is designed for those wishing to become qualified CA Association Croquet Referees, but other players who simply want to increase their knowledge of the Association Croquet Laws will be welcome. Potential Referees will be given priority.
3.
Players intending to become qualified referees must have a good working knowledge of the Laws before attending the course, and will need to be CA members to be shown on the CA Register and receive Referee badges.
4.
A £40 Subsidy may be available.

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GC Rules & Referees’ Qualification Course
Dates:
1-2 May 2019
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW. Tel. 01903 745793
anne@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Referees’ Qualification Course.
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Daphne Gaitley is an Examining Referee and the Academy’s leading GC coach.
2.
The course is designed for those players who wish to become GC Referees and is also suitable for those wishing to improve their knowledge of GC Rules.
3.
To gain maximum benefit from this course attendees will be invited to complete some pre-course study.
4.
Players intending to become qualified GC Referees must have a good working knowledge of the Rules before attending the Course, and will need to be CA members to be shown on the CA Register and receive Referee badges. A £40 Subsidy may be available.

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GC Masterclass
Dates:
3 May 2019
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Powe
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching restricted to handicaps:  4 and below.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Members: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for GC players aspiring to play in ‘A’ and ‘B’ level tournaments and is the next stage after the GC Moving Towards ‘A’ Level Play Course.
2.
Content includes:  The mental approach to the game, basic and advanced playing techniques and associated practice routines, the principles of GC tactics and understanding the tactical decision tree.

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GC Workshop inc. Video Analysis
Dates:
7 May 2019
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching – any handicap.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
This Course is ideal for GC players of all levels wishing to improve their game.
2.
Content includes: Video Analysis.
3.
The Morning will concentrate on working on specific areas of improvement, with practice and coached games in the afternoon.

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GC Coached Games Day
Date:
30 May 2019
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 7 & above.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
The course will be split into groups by handicap. A series of coached games will be organised interspersed with coaching sessions concentrating on different aspects of GC competitive play.
2.
Games will be supervised and Coaches will make observations between and if necessary during games.

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AC High Handicap Follow-up Course
Dates:
5-6 June 2019
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC coaching restricted to handicaps 18+ (min: 18)
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Members: £65.00
Special conditions for these sessions
1.
The course will be designed as a follow-up to the earlier Introduction to AC Croquet and AC Improvers’ Courses (see above).
2.
Applicants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.
3.
Preference will be given to those who have attended this year's or last year's AC Introduction/Beginners' and/or AC Improvers' Courses.
4.
During the first day concentration will be given to improving stroke & break play. On day 2 the focus will be on coached games.

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AC Supervised High Bisque Tournament
Dates:
8-9 July 2019
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Trophy:
Pat Shine Shield (Holder: Carol Driver)
Format:
Full bisque to a base. 3 x 14 point games on each day to a time limit. Format AMD. Handicap AC, restricted to handicaps 14-20 inclusive.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
An ideal introduction to Association tournament play, particularly for those who have completed improvers' or bronze coaching courses.
2.
There will be coaching advice given between games, including advice on bisque-taking. Help will be available with the Laws.

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