Club CA Membership
Other club resources include the Club Guide to the CA, Downloads and Forms, Advice for Clubs. Please contact the CA Office for anything else. To renew your Individual CA Membership, or as an Individual Member, please refer to the join the CA section.
The CA is run almost entirely by volunteers who give up their time to promote the game and help in the administration. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to promote awareness of the game in the national press and elsewhere, to organise a tournament circuit our members benefit from, to maintain the laws of the game, to provide coaching and generally to help both new and existing clubs to develop and flourish. By joining the CA you will help us to maintain this effort, and be contributing to the wider croquet community.
The first option is to become an Affiliate Club, which costs just £40 per year, and give you:
- A copy of The Croquet Gazette six times a year to make available to your club members. This helps everyone keep in touch with what is happening in the rest of the croquet world.
- An entry in the Croquet Directory, so that other players or anyone who asks about clubs in your area will know of your existence, and who to contact. The Directory is also printed and circulated to clubs and selected Members.
Hopefully, you would prefer to become a full Member Club, which gives you all of the above, plus:
- Free cover by the CA Civil Liability Insurance Scheme, which provides third party cover of £5 million. Equivalent cover taken individually by a club typically costs well over £100 per year.
- Financial advice and help from the CA, including the possibility of starter and development grants or loans. Last year we gave out more than £20,000 in donations to clubs covering a wide range of projects including laying new lawns, building a new clubhouse, obtaining new equipment, establishing new clubs, etc.
- Advice on lawn construction and maintenance.
- The opportunity to participate in inter-club tournaments and competitions.
- Access to equipment insurance at competitive rates through our brokers.
- Recruitment advice on how to increases membership of your club. This includes a free guide to recruitment and retention, and provision of materials (leaflets, posters, etc.) to help when required.
- The opportunity to negotiate special rates of discount on major purchases of equipment.
- The right to send a representative to General Meetings of the Association, and to vote on motions that are put to members.
The first year of Club Membership costs £60. In subsequent years, the fee is based on the number of playing members in your club: £8.50 per head for clubs with fewer than two lawns, and £9.50 for clubs with two or more lawns. The fee is capped at £90 in the second membership year, and £120 in the third; and is a minimum of £60 in all years.
Schools and universities can enjoy reduced rates, which qualify for a restricted range of benefits.
For more details, and to apply for Club Membership, please contact the CA office.