Norwegian Team visits The Croquet Academy
For the first time a Norwegian Team from The Croquet Association of Norway has been coached at The Croquet Academy. This happened 19th - 21st September. The Team wishes to thank Sussex County Croquet Club for the use of their courts, and esp. wants to thank their coaches Daphne Gaitley, Alan Theobald, Don Mears and Paul Castell for excellent coaching.
The team was lucky with the weather, bright sunshine all three days, they learned a lot and has got lots of motivation to bring back to
Tore GulbrandsenLeader of The National Croquet Team of
The launch of the Academy has been a great success. Every course run so far has been a complete sell out. The initial Golf Croquet weekend was totally oversubscribed and a second course was created at very short notice to dovetail in with the Association Summer School.
Three courses at different levels took place: Improvers, Bronze level and Silver/Gilt level.
Some 50 particpants and 10 volunteer coaches took part, making the event the largest coaching weekend to have been organised at this venue.
Cold and wet weather on the Saturday did not greatly dampen the enthusiasm of the players (helped by delicious hot soup as part of the lunch menu available) and they were rewarded with pleasant weather on the Sunday.
Stephen Mulliner, one the World's leading Golf & Association players, has agreed to run The Academy's first Masterclass. Details of this one day event will be published shortly and will be an absolute must for aspiring Golf Croquet players wishing to play top level Golf Croquet.
The aims of the Academy is to provide:
1) First class coaching covering both Association and Golf Croquet from beginner to advanced level.
2) Specialist coaching for Coaches, Referees and Managers.
3) Specialist one to one coaching which can be considered on request.
Most courses will be open to players throughout the world with London's major airports and the Channel tunnel being within easy reach. There are also good rail links from London to Southwick, Shoreham or Hove stations.