Growth and Recruitment in Croquet
Concerns have long been expressed about perceived declining levels of competitive croquet across the country. This has often been attributed to a growth in 'social croquet', which is not confined to Golf Croquet but this variant certainly represents the greater part of the rise in non-competitive play.
In 2020 a Working Group under the Chairmanship of David Openshaw was set up to recommend an overall strategy for the development of competitive croquet in the domain; to recommend a specific strategy to revitalise Association Croquet and arrest its decline and to recommend a specific strategy to strengthen further the growth of Golf Croquet. They reported in March 2021 and the document is entitled Competitive Play Strategy - Final Report. We recommend that you have a look. It contains many challenging proposals for Federations and Clubs as well as for Croquet England itself.
The Ways Forward Identified in 2021
- Modernise the game to reflect changes in lifestyle and changes in the ways that we can communicate
- Find ways of bringing together AC and GC players
- Learn from the successes in the growth of GC. AC can be made more attractive.
- Find out what players of different standards like about our game. Keep in touch with all levels of player. There is a great variety.
- Coach croquet to be fun and easy to learn - and that it has great tactical variety if that is what you want.
- Create a more demanding culture to improve our international performance.
- Reflect that AC is a simple game and the most popular form of the game in England.
- Introduce swift and significant change to arrest the serious decline in the number of AC players.
For more details see the Competitive Play Strategy - Final Report