Development 2005
2006 2004

New Clubs

Support to Existing Clubs

The season has seen coaching support provided on request to one or two clubs such as Crawley, Rochester and Purley Bury. Requests to the CA and SECF for grants for facility development have been processed in respect of Southwick and Sydenham while Tunbridge Wells has already had a generous grant approved by the CA and is well advanced in refurbishing its three lawns in time for the 2006 season.

Coaching Courses

The Improvers and Bronze Courses were again held over one weekend at Southwick in April and were well attended. The Silver course also held at Southwick, which has not been well supported in the recent past, was actually over subscribed this season. Once again 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 Summer School in July although for the first time numbers were well down. The students included four from Austria, which reflects the encouragement, support and advice that Austrian croquet contacts have received from the SECF over the past few years. The first croquet club is now well established in the suburbs of Vienna and a second is due to start next season at Salzburg giving good croquet holiday opportunities to British players.

Schools

A request for coaching support for next season has been received from the Headmaster of Harrow via our Eton College contacts. A new young teacher at Charterhouse has undertaken to look into putting the croquet activities at his school onto a more formal basis and taking advantage of the coaching support on offer and of a possible link up with Guildford and Godalming though the new Guildford Chairman, Michael Huxley.

Coaches Qualification

Daphne Gaitley and Frances Low were both appointed as Grade 2 Coaches while there was only one candidate for Grade1 who unfortunately did not pass the assessment. 16 candidates attended the Coaches Qualification Course at Compton in April, the majority receiving their club coach badge for Association Croquet and five for Golf Croquet. Jeff Dawson ran another fully subscribed Association Croquet Laws Course at the beginning of the season.