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Academy Courses - 01/12/2013 @ 12:21

The course propectus for the 2014 season is here and entries can now be made here.

Winter Coaching Programme - 29/09/2013 @ 20:08

The Croquet Academy Winter Coaching Programme 2013/2014

• From October to next March, The Croquet Academy are offering one to one and small group coaching.

• Suitable for GC and AC players of all levels seeking to improve their game.

• Courses will be run by experienced Academy Coaches. Each session will last 3 hours

• Cost for non SCCC members -­‐ £20 per session including tea or coffee and biscuits.

• Session timings will be agreed individually between the coach and the player.

• To apply, download, complete the application form and post or email it to: Janet Hoptroff, 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 2JW Email:

• The Academy administrator will identify a suitable coach to meet your needs and arrange for the coach to contact you.

See you next year! - 06/09/2013 @ 22:27

This coaching season is over.  Thanks to all who came on courses and helped the Academy.


Once the new programme for 2014 is finalised it will be posted here and a newsletter sent to all registered addresses.

High Bisque Tournament - 31/07/2013 @ 10:02

The annual High Bisque tournament was run by the Croquet Academy on 18/19 July. There was the usual good entry of 22 players with handicaps ranging from 14-24. The weather was unusual – sweltering heat and blue skies and unbroken sunshine! The players lasted well and were sustained by gallons of water and by seeking the shade of the trees and huts.

The main event, the High Bisque Salver was closely contested. Block A was won by Vivien Fryer from Rother Valley, and Block B by Pam Gooders from Southwick. Both ladies won all their block games. The final took place at the end of a very hot day and both players were very tired but they rose to the occasion with Pam winning a close contest +1 on time! So our chairman Jonathan Isaacs was delighted to present Pam with the High Bisque Salver – her first win after loyally supporting the event for a number of years. She also had a handicap reduction from 16 to 14.


We ran 2 supervised blocks this year due to the varying nature of handicaps. The main supervised event was a close call with Isobel George from Rottingdean winning in the end. The other supervised group for very high bisquers was managed by Nancy Allen who helped players through their games and explained the 4 ball break thoroughly.

We saw some very interesting and good play but the heat did affect everyone but it was pleasing to see many try to use their bisques affectively and set up and maintain the 4 ball break.

The event would not be possible without the support of our loyal coaches and I thank wholeheartedly Jack Davies, Gene Mears, Nancy Allen, Alan Theobald and Jonathan Isaacs for their help and encouragement. Grateful thanks to Don Mears for his refereeing on both days.

We were well served as ever on the catering front by Southwick, and we remain grateful to all the volunteers who make the tournament possible.

We always take on board suggestions to improve the event, so watch this space for the High Bisque event next year!

Frances Low

Another win - 15/05/2013 @ 11:04

Caroline Denny reports 

"Delighted to be able to tell you that I won the Latham Cup at Bristol this weekend, winning 5 matches and with 11 bisques in the final full game, beat Bob Scott who plays off 6.

Almost all the games I held on to the last bisque and used it to peg out.



Academy Coaching works! - 22/04/2013 @ 10:32

Caroline Denny who attended the Development Course in Handicap Play on 12th -14th April this year and previous year's course has won the High Bisque Tournament at Budleigh Salterton this last weekend.


Well Done, Caroline!!




There has been a high demand for places on the GC Improvers Course this year so we are running an ADDITIONAL course on 

Friday 26th April 2013

All details are the same as the existing course. You can book this course in the usual ways (on-line is preferred).

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This course is now also full.

Additional course on Friday 10th May

Courses for 2013 - 17/12/2012 @ 09:02

The on-line entry channel for the 2013 season of courses is now open on this website. Check here.


The annual High Bisque tournament run by the Croquet Academy was held at Southwick on 7/8August. 20 players took part – 12 in the main event and 8 in the supervised event.

In the supervised event, each game is 14 points, and there are full bisques to a base of 6, the players have the advantage of a coach on the lawn to give advise and help with tactics.

The winner of the supervised event was Caroline Denny from Bear of Rodborough. Caroline beat Sheila Cullen of Rottingdean in the final and was a worthy winner as she won all her games and pegged out each time! As a reward she was presented with a bottle of wine by the SCCC Chairman, Alan Rew, and she had a handicap reduction to 20! Well done Caroline. In the same group, Leon Ellis from Parkstone had a handicap reduction to 20.


The main event was closely contested with block winners Clive Hayton from Sussex CCC meeting Phil Dunk from Preston Park. Both players are relatively new to the game and we saw an absorbing final with plenty of good, accurate croquet interspersed with some original and unconventional play. Phil pegged out Clive’s yellow ball then decided to peg his own ball out as well thus making it a one ball ending but Phil always had the upper hand as he was on penult by then and Clive was only on 1 back! An excellent final and Alan Rew presented Phil with the High Bisque Slaver for 2012. Clive was a worthy runner up and I am sure we shall see both these players continue to improve rapidly. Clive and Phil both had a handicap change to 16 which should encourage them to continue their progress. Johannes Hamann from East Dorset had a handicap change from 16 to 14.


(Both photos courtesy of Judith Moore)

My thanks to all the players who took part and I hope they feel their croquet has improved and that they enjoyed the 2 days.


Most importantly, can I thank the coaches who gave of their time and expertise. The coaching and advice were greatly appreciated by the supervised group. Particular thanks to Jack Davies who supported me on both days and who is so good at encouraging and helping people new to the game. Thanks due also to Pat Jackson who coached and refereed both finals, to Bryan Teague who refereed on day 1, and to Jonathan Isaacs and John Taylor who coached on the first day. The enthusiasm and high standard of coaching were greatly valued. Thanks to the Southwick Club for 2 days of delicious lunches and teas, and as ever thanks to hoop setter and grounds organiser John Gosney.


An enjoyable, mostly rain free,  2 days and hopefully a learning experience for all, and for some, a prelude to more croquet tournaments!


Frances Low – Manager.


Coaches Qualification Course - 21/11/2011 @ 17:29
An additional course is being provided in 2012 which may not be in the CA Fixtures Book.

1st - 2nd May 2012: a coaches qualification course, to be run at Southwick by Cliff Jones.  See course prospectus for more details.

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