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High Bisque Tournament Report - 20/08/2021 @ 18:50

The Croquet Academy High Bisque Tournament 2021

It was lovely to host the AC High Bisque tournament again at Southwick after a gap due to Covid.
There were 12 entries but sadly someone had to pull out that morning. I am very grateful to Gerald Gooders and Celia Fastnedge from Littlehampton who kindly substituted at the last minute!
The 4 rounds in blocks were closely contested but the final ended up between Jon Colombo from SCCC and Caroline Alexander from Medway.
The final swung one way then the next but the more consistent play of Jon ensured he won the match. Congratulations to Jon who received the High Bisque Salver.
Well done Caroline and all the players who took part.
My grateful thanks to Morgan Case and Chrissie Merrington who assisted me, did some coaching, and gave much support to me and the players!! Their comments after each match were well received and useful.
High bisque players struggle to see the whole picture on a full lawn so maybe next year, we can have a short court supported tournament? The shots can be more precise and the tactics can be followed more easily. Accuracy and understanding are more likely.
Well done anyway to you all – we noticed many improvements during the day, and a better appreciation of the 4 ball break!!
Keep going – we want to see you again next year!
Frances Low (Manager)



The current situation in terms of Croquet Academy Courses is far more optimistic for the coming year than 2020.

Happily there were some ‘high spots’ that came out of the pandemic which took over our lives: many ‘Newbies’ took up the game of croquet and Captain Sir Tom Moore became a National Hero. He will never be forgotten.

As long as things continue to improve this Spring, then all 2021 Academy Courses will go ahead - but, the majority of those held ‘on court’ will need to be rescheduled when have a clearer picture of Lockdown developments.

It is hoped that Courses programmed for June and later will be unaffected.

Webinars will be unchanged, indeed we are planning to add a couple more dates for Cliff Jones’ AC New-Laws Courses.

A late Summer/Autumn Programme is the most likely outcome.

The safety of everyone whether they are attendees, coaches or helpers is the prime concern in deciding if and when a course can go ahead. It is hoped that the majority of people who visit Southwick will have some form of protection from Covid-19 by the time courses start and any Course requiring classroom work will probably need to have proof of vaccination from all parties attending.

Before agreeing to undertake tuition, a Coach must feel confident that they are protected and can offer protection to their pupils and can work comfortably within a safety framework.

As well as the points above, the Academy has to fit in with planned CA Tournaments played at Southwick.

We will get there and it will be great to see old faces and new when we get back to playing.

Richard Carline

New Program for 2021 - 02/02/2021 @ 13:41

The Croquet Academy (Southwick) launches its 2021 Programme

The Croquet Academy at Southwick has launched its programme of 19 courses aimed at AC and GC players, from complete beginners to advanced.

New for 2021, we offer:

  • Cliff Jones'  Zoom webinars on the new AC Laws update, with a return visit later in the season for his very popular two day course for AC Improvers, which is accompanied by his excellent course manuals.
  • A GC Workshop’ including a Swing Trainer and Video Analysis to learn where to improve.
  • ‘It’s not about the mallet’ with former World Champion Stephen Mulliner, whether GC or AC, learn how to get that winning mentality.
  • Tim King will run a ‘GC Master Class’ for aspiring A and B-Level tournament players.
  • Short Croquet – AC for beginners – it’s one of the easiest way to learn the game.
  • An opportunity to attend a course by Stephen Custance-Baker, author of ‘Every Shot Is Tactical’.

Everything from complete beginners to advanced in both GC and AC.

This has been superseded by the new programme

The Croquet Academy – Amendment to 2021 Courses

The two coaching courses are being amalgamated to take place on the same two days and will be run by Cliff Jones

7– 8 April


Becoming A Coach

(CTC)- Club Level Coach

To be run in parallel.

(CQC) Coach Qualification Course

(£40 subsidy may be available)

Cliff Jones


GC Examining Coach - 09/07/2020 @ 21:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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