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GC Examining Coach - 09/07/2020 @ 21:33 by AdminJohn

GC Examining Coach 

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Janet Hoptroff has attained her position as a GC Examining Coach.
The endorsements given by very well respected members of the CA Coaching  Committee were outstanding. 
Janet has worked tirelessly for The Croquet Academy for over seven years and her very professional way of Coaching has set a standard for all of us who have worked with and been led by her.

Well done Janet!

Richard Carline

Covid 19 Update - 19/03/2020 @ 18:33 by AdminJohn


The decision has been taken to cancel all Croquet Academy courses for this season.

Sadly for the Croquet Season Coronavirus has won the first game!

Experience on Academy Courses has taught us to think like Reg and ‘brush it away’.

Bring in CACCCC - Croquet Academy Conference Call Coaching Courses

Our plan is to hold Coaching modules using Zoom Video Conferencing.

Zoom is widely used by the CA and many international organisations.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, please check here.

Tim King is supporting the idea and the Academy is working on a revised 2020 prospectus alongside the other Academies.

This opens up doors for National Coaching to everyone in the land.

Game two to us

Let’s get started and win game three!

Richard Carline

The Croquet Academy

Morgan Case - Congratulations - 28/01/2020 @ 08:51 by AdminJohn

GC International Performance Development Squad

picture of Morgan Case

Congralutations Morgan!

Morgan Case has been selected as a member of the GC International Performance Development Squad. A valued Academy Coach, Morgan has shown steady GC improvement over the last two seasons and his selection is well deserved. So Morgan becomes the latest SCCC player to wear an England shirt - well done.

AC Playing the Game - Change of Date - 10/01/2020 @ 08:43 by AdminJohn

AC Playing the Game

The date of this course has been changed from 1st of June to 8th of June.

Winter Coaching Plans - 12/09/2019 @ 09:18 by AdminJohn

Winter Coaching Plans

  Hello everyone !

 Sunday Morning AC Sessions start again from 13 OCTOBER – 1030-1300

Depending on the weather, we will play 14 point Singles games, sometimes Alternate Stroke Doubles...  The idea being to keep moving, keep warm and have fun!

This session is suitable for those with high (or highish..) AC handicaps, those with no handicap at all yet, those who have never played AC and would like to come along and find out about the game, or those with lower handicaps who would like to play with our HH players. Coaching will be available most Sundays, or can be arranged separately.

If you are coming along PLEASE e-mail me  at the latest the day before….

NB: There will be GC Winter Play straight after this session, with tea and cake available at teatime.

Details of Croquet Academy Winter Coaching sessions will be up on the noticeboard at the beginning of October.




Chris Coull’s Friday Morning Winter Workshops will also be back in October…


Chris’s Winter Workshops will be held on the following Fridays from 0930 – 1200:

October: 11, 25. November: 8, 15, 29. December: 6, 13, 20.

You don’t need to book, just turn up. Suitable for all levels of play. If you would like to discuss these workshops with Chris, please e-mail

Best wishes,


Email Janet

2019 High Bisque Tournament won by Ann Beard - 12/07/2019 @ 08:40 by Frances_Low

The High Bisque Salver 2019

The annual High Bisque AC tournament run by the Croquet Academy was held at Southwick on 8/9 July.

The Salver was presented by Pat Shine over 31 years ago!

We had a very small entry this year which was sad but does emphasise the reduction in Association players. Plus there was a large Golf Croquet tournament at the weekend so …............!

Anyway we had some very good, close matches – all games were 18 point and were played with full bisques to a base of 8.

The winner with 4/5 wins including 2 peg outs was Ann Beard. Ann and her husband Nick have been regulars at the event so it was good that Ann should take the trophy home. Robyn Clark and Mark Walsh (playing for the 1st time at Southwick) had 3 wins.

The event is 'supervised' in that we are available for advice and to de-brief players after each of their early matches. We also offer advice on shots and tactics.

My thanks are due to all the players and particularly to Morgan Case for his assistance and ideas. The lawns were superb – thank you Ben!

The tournament is good fun and friendly, and you will learn a lot so give it a go next year!

Frances Low - Manager

AC Coached Games Day - 11/04/2019 @ 19:32 by Janet

There is a new course running on 6th June: an AC Coached Games Day suitable for those with handicaps of 16 or higher, or for those new to the game of AC and with no handicap yet.

Course Cancellations - 19/03/2019 @ 08:38 by Janet

Cancelled due to lack of demand:

AC Improvers’ Course on 10-11 April
GC Moving Towards ‘A’ Level Play 25 April

Extra Club Coach Training Course Arranged - 01/02/2019 @ 14:56 by Janet

The Coaches Training Course for Club Coaches on 4-5 April is now full. An additional course is being run on 8-9th April.  Full details here.

Extra GC Referees Course arranged - 05/01/2019 @ 18:34 by AdminJohn

The Academy is running a second GC Referees Rule Refresher Course on 15th April 2019, due to very strong demand for this course. Check the course prospectus for further details.