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Croquet

The Croquet Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
caoffice@croquet.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01242 242318

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What is Croquet?

Croquet is an ideal way to spend a summer's afternoon.

Croquet provides some gentle exercise without being too strenuous, it is suitable for all ages, it involves a combination of mental and physical skills, and it is possible to socialise at the same time as you are playing.

There are two main versions of the game played in gardens throughout the UK: Garden Croquet and Golf Croquet.

Garden croquet is a simplified form of Association Croquet, and it involves getting extra turns in reward for hitting another ball or running a hoop. This provides for a richness of tactics and a wide variety of types of shot to play.

Golf croquet is a simpler form of the game, but still involves a great deal of skill. It is perhaps particularly suitable for when you have limited time, as games tend to be shorter and (if you haven't played before) the tactics and rules are a bit more straightforward to understand.

Benefits

  • Gentle exercise
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Involves a combination of mental and physical skills

Costs

A croquet set can cost around £50

Equipment

For club and tournament-level croquet the equipment must reach the specifications set down in the Laws of Croquet. Principally the weight and size of the balls and the dimensions of hoops are tightly specified. But for back-garden play the selection of equipment is not critical and the basics include: mallets, balls, hoops and pegs.

Facts

  • The first national headquarters was the Wimbledon All England Croquet Club, founded in 1868, which later was to become the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

Partners

  • Melton Borough Council
    Sport England
    Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Harborough District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    County Sport Network
    Leicester City Council
    Age UK L&R
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Loughborough University
    QUEST
    East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council

Partners

  • East Midlands Platform
    Age UK L&R
  • Safeguarding
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    Rutland County Council
  • Sport England
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Harborough District Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • County Sport Network
    British Heart Foundation
  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
  • QUEST