The newsletter subscription box has been removed from the website. It was felt to be no longer useful as Academy communications have been re-organised and it was unlikely further website-based newsletters would be produced.
Virtually all subscribers have other connections to the Academy so they can expect to continue to receive communications from us.
An extra GC Improvers Course is running on 5th May and can be entered now.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy administrator will identify a suitable coach to meet your needs and arrange for the coach to contact you.
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.
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!
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.
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).
This course is now also full.
Additional course on Friday 10th May
The on-line entry channel for the 2013 season of courses is now open on this website. Check here.