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A new course has been added to the programme:

Coaches Training Course

Dates: 6/7 April

Manager: Daphne Gaitley

Secretary: John Low, etc.

Entry Fee: £24 CA £16

Closing date: 1st April


Format: Practical sessions interspersed with lectures and group work. Some work to prepare on the Wednesday night.

The course is for those who have a basic knowledge of the rules of Croquet.

It is for both GC and AC players as the course is about how to teach.


Further details can be obtained from Daphne Gaitley –

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Coaching Courses

for players of all abilities

The Croquet Academy is running a comprehensive series of courses at Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick aimed at Golf and Association Croquet players of all abilities.

Below are brief details of the 2011 courses.

Full details and application forms are available on the Academy Website or in the 2011 CA Fixtures Calendar. Alternatively phone the Academy Administrator – John Low on 01273 388910.




Run by


2-4 April

Triple Peel Course


Below 4

2/3 April

Association Silver Course



2/3 April

Association Bronze Course



9/10 April

Association Gold Course


5 and under

9/10 April

Association Improvers Course


18 & above

20 April

Golf Croquet Laws



14/15 May

Association Beginners Course


20 & above

8 June

Golf Beginners



2/3 July

Golf Improvers



22/25 July

Association Summer School



11/12 August

Association High Bisque Tournament with special supervised group for higher bisquers


14 and above

14 May

Masterclass with Bill Arliss on ‘The tactics of Golf Croquet’




GC Laws course for next year - 09/12/2010 @ 09:53
Bill Arliss has kindly agreed to run a further GC Laws Course next season.  Details are in the Course Prospectus.

The High Bisque Tournament on 12/13 August 2010 run by the Croquet Academy was won by Dr Daniel Morgenstern who was successful in all his games. In the final, he beat Steve Lewendon and even managed a very efficient rover peel, finishing with some bisques still standing - a very polished performance that earned him the High Bisque Salver and a handicap reduction from 18 to 14.

In the subsidiary event, a supervised, less experienced group, the winner was Rosemary Coleman who won all her matches. This new venture, where the group played 14pt games under the eagle eye of an experienced coach, worked well and was appreciated by all participants.

The Academy would like to thank all those who entered and played in good spirit and it was interesting to see how all improved over the two days. Special thanks also to the coaches who did such a marvellous job - Alan Theobald, Gene Mears, Daphne Gaitley and Jonathan Isaacs. Their advice and expertise was greatly valued.  Thanks also to Don Mears for all his refereeing, and of course, to the Club for the excellent meals and friendly atmosphere.

See you again next year?

Triple Peel Course - 20/07/2010 @ 22:38
Unfortunately there have been too many cancellations for the Triple Course scheduled for 5-7 August. As such we have reluctantly had to take the decision to cancel it and reschedule it for next spring.

The general feedback we have received it that it would be best to run it in the early part of the season and as such we are looking for a suitable date in April/May 2011 when a number of people have expressed an interest.

Congratulations to Sam Murray who achieved his Silver Merit award in a tournament, straight after participating in the Bronze Course at Southwick this last week.

That's what I call progress!


Please note that the Course Administrator will be away from 19th March so will not be able to deal with any queries concerning the Golf Croquet Referees Course on the 27th after that date.

Any applications or queries after the 19th should be addressed by email to and will be dealt with directly by the course tutor.

Cliff Jones has agreed to run a Coaches Training Course at Southwick on 20th - 21st April 2010.

Cliff is one of the CA's premier coaches and his course is sure to be a first-rate introduction to coaching croquet.

Those wishing to attend should have a handicap of at least 14 and have a good working knowledge of the laws of association croquet.

See here for further details.

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The programme of training for 2010 has been finalised and will appear on this website over the next few days.The Academy is open for bookings straight away.

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