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Events Manager Wanted

The CA will have a vacancy for an Events Manager (EM), as the current Events Manager will be standing down in the early summer. This is a self-employed role earning approx. £32 per hour, plus expenses, plus an organiser's fee.

The events take place almost exclusively at Hurlingham, although there may be scope in future to expand at other venues. There are usually 15-20 events during the year between May and September. For each event the coach will be paid a minimum of four hours, plus one hour for setting and clearing away before and after the event. Travel expenses will also be covered, on the assumption that the people involved will be based in the London area. Where there are more than 50 guests at an event, two coaches will be paid for (about a quarter of the events fall into this category).

It is the responsibility for the EM to liaise with the Hurlingham Club and the companies involved to ensure that the event is run to their specifications. The EM will be responsible for running the events and for finding a substitute if they are unable to attend. They will also be responsible for finding an additional coach where needed for the larger events.

Typically events may include some players who have played before, but also many complete beginners. The EM will need to be friendly and enthusiastic about croquet, putting guests at their ease while showing them the basics of what is involved. They will then usually organise a mini golf-croquet tournament among the guests.

No previous experience in this type of function is necessary as current Events Manager will give all the help and advice needed in the early stage. However the successful candidate will be an experienced croquet player who is knowledgeable about the basics of the game and able to communicate this effectively to the guests. The ideal candidate will have, at the very least, a club coach qualification. He or she will also need good organisational skills.

A job description giving further information is available. If you wish to apply for the position then please email Liz Larsson at the CA Office (caoffice@croquet.org.uk) with a covering letter and CV by 31 March 2017. If you wish to discuss the role informally, then please contact Liz or Carole McLoughlin.

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