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Golf Croquet International Performance Development Strategy

The aims of the creation of the IPDS are reflected in the Director's remit:

The IPD(GC) Director also works with others to support and develop Elite Squad management and GC Pods. At the highest level, the focus is on the England GC Team; at all levels, including Elite Squad and Pods, the aim is to make best use wherever possible of existing resources and to introduce new elements with the aim being sustained excellence.


Squad Objectives

Management of IPDS sessions and other aspects is the joint responsibility of the Assistant Director and the Director.

By the end of January each year, the Director will invite those recommended by the Croquet England GC Selectors to take a place in the IPDS group's first pre-season session of the IPDS mentoring.


IPDS candidates will be selected by the GC selectors.

Candidates will be considered on the basis of:


The squad will meet twice each year, with an option for a third at a convenient club with adequate facilities.

The IPDS Course Structure

This is a two-year course, with two sessions a year. It should enable players to have either gained the necessary skills in order to graduate to international play, or have reached their natural ceiling below that level.

The two-year course is structured as follows:

Year 1

Pre-season Induction Weekend with mentoring and coaching.

Midseason match play, mentoring and coaching weekend.

(To be confirmed) End-of-season mentoring and coaching. Review of the course.

Year 2

Similar to year 1 covering alternative coaching topics, with additional improvements from the year 1 review.


The coaching weekends cover a variety of topics including mental, strategy and skills development. The mentored-match weekend is an opportunity to put what has been learnt into practice against strong opposition with the benefit of guidance and feedback from experienced players.


The target squad size is a minimum of eight and a maximum of 16 IPDS members.

Session Formats

A typical day session would include a short introduction inviting players to offer feedback and ideas for the next session and a session covering aspects of coaching. Elite players will be invited to take the latter.

The mentored match-play weekend is intended to reinforce whatever learning points are raised.

The format and content vary according to the needs of the squad.

Commitment Required

Selected players will be expected to attend the induction weekend and at least two of the programme events each year. In most cases, to gain maximum benefit from membership of the squad, players should expect to play at least 40 ranking GC games per season. Coaching days will be free of charge but players will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs, although Croquet England Bursaries may be applied for.

Elite Squad


The core players forming the Elite Squad would join the Squad with the inherent commitment to support mentoring and coaching of the IPDG Squad members. Additional players with lower grades may also be invited to mentor if it is felt that they have the necessary experience and suitability to become a mentor. An emphasis will be placed on inviting our younger Elite squad members to become Mentors.


Any convenient venue may be used and dates will be based primarily around the national and international events calendar.

Coaching Material

It is expected the squad will cover a wide range of material, including, but not limited to items such as specific areas of tactics, playing Egyptians, coping with playing under pressure and other psychological aspects of the game, practising together, discussing video analysis of events/games, individual player CPA (Cowing Performance Analysis) results and more.

In preparation for an international event, any weekend session may take an alternative format, for example, they could be used for player evaluation of form and selection, trialling doubles pairings and any other aspects considered likely to contribute towards success at the upcoming event.