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Picture: /infra/54185-1.jpgSarah Hayes in play at Cheltenham

Coaching is important for developing, sustaining and increasing participation in croquet. The CA is committed to a coaching programme that trains and develops excellent coaches who can provide a wide range of coaching to players of all levels throughout the country.

This page tells you how our coaching system works, how you can find a coaching course, how you can become a coach or upgrade your coaching qualification. It also covers the CA's special awards and schemes that encourage players and coaches of all ages. Last, but not least, it provides a link to our coaching resources.

Good luck and enjoy your coaching!

Sarah Hayes, Chair of the CA Coaching Committee


Interested in trying croquet? Every one of the 200 Croquet Clubs in the country offers taster sessions and coaching for beginners. Find your local club and call them - you can be sure of a warm welcome!

Club-Level Coaches

More than 120 Club-Level Coaches are trained to coach beginners and improving players in their clubs throughout the country.

Graded Coaches

220 higher-qualified Graded Coaches are ready to coach players at all levels of ability - right up to international standard. Just ask!

Examining Coaches

Our 20 Examining Coaches coach the coaches by running initial courses to train new Club-Level Coaches and more advanced courses to develop Graded Coaches.

Coaching Courses

Four Coaching Centres offer a wide range of coaching courses for players of all abilities and in all codes.

Federation Coaching Officers

Each Federation has a Coaching Officer who ensures their region's coaching needs are met. Need some help or advice - give your Federation Coaching Officer a call!

Player Schemes

The wide-ranging CA Mentoring Scheme helps the under-25s to benefit from the experience of leading players. The CA Bursary Scheme provides financial support for young aspiring international players.

International Opportunities

The AC Development Squad and GC Development Squad are for improving players who have international potential.


These prestigious awards recognise outstanding coaches. Each year the CA honours a Coach of the Year, and occasionally bestows a Lifetime Coaching Award.


The Merit Awards recognise players developing their skills to ever-higher levels. The scheme is being extended to recognise GC achievements.

Player Performance Awards

The CA Silver Medal Scheme and Most Improved Player Awards recognise players who achieve great success in tournaments.

Interested in Becoming a Coach?

Here are Five Great Reasons to Do It

  1. You stay involved with the game you love, the friendships and the fun
  2. It's a great way to give something back to the community and the sport
  3. You can inspire new players to the game - perhaps, the next generation of players
  4. You will develop personally - and so will your game
  5. Keeps you fit, keeps you thinking, keeps you learning!

Next Steps - Follow These Links for More Information

Find Coaching and Becoming a Coach

Coaching Schemes, Awards and Resources