Development 2003

New Clubs

Support to Existing Clubs

The season has seen coaching support provided on request to one or two clubs such as Crawley. Requests to the CA and SECF for grants for facility development have been processed in respect of Southwick, Ramsgate, Rother Valley and Surbiton with one in the pipeline from Tunbridge Wells. Chichester and Fishbourne received a small grant from SECF for a set of new balls. Purley Bury is to be congratulated for completing their construction of a new toilet facility without having to call on the CA and SECF grants which had been previously approved.

Coaching Courses

The Improvers and Bronze Courses were again held over one weekend at Southwick in April and were well attended. The Silver course held at Southwick in May had four applicants only but at least it took place after last yearís cancellation due to lack of support. Our thanks go to Lead Coach, Bryan Teague and his team of coaches for their achievements as they do to Daphne Gaitley and her team who ran another successful and well attended Summer School in July. The students included three from Germany.


Efforts to get a foothold into Wellington College have failed so far. Eton College has extended its croquet fixtures to Harrow and Oxford University in addition to Charterhouse. But the lack of a reasonable playing surface continues to frustrate more satisfactory growth for the Eton Croquet Club.

Livery Companies

The Inter-Livery Company Croquet Tournament is now an established event on the Livery Company Sporting Calendar. The second tournament had six companies competing and the third tournament is schedules for next June at Surbiton.

Coaches Qualification

The CA has lowered the course fee for those participating in the Coaches Qualification Course (CQC) to £10, a welcome measure. There were three CQCs held in England in 2004. For the SE, Hurlingham hosted a course for 18 students with David Collins, Daphne Gaitley and Keith Collins forming the Directing Staff. Three club coaches from the CQC were assessed as Grade 1 Coaches during the Summer School and one at the Grade 2 level. The youngest student ever to be qualified as a Club Coach (again at the CQC at Hurlingham) was assessed at the Grade 1 level on the Bronze Course at Bath.