At the last count there are some sixty croquet players on twenty CA committees and working parties who beaver away helping to run our sport. They do a great job but don't claim to have all the answers when we come to think about how best the CA can help its members - clubs as well as individuals - in the future.
Recognising this, Council is looking for new ideas, and the people who would like to help put them into practice. Initially £8,000 has been allocated to the Enterprise Fund for new projects and, if existing know-how will help, our committees are available to work alongside those who volunteer. We will do our very best to put the emphasis on fast track action, not lengthy meetings.
The first step is to pick up the phone, e-mail or even send a letter to the Secretary, Nigel Graves, outlining your idea and how you would like to get involved. Do it now! Whether you are an individual, a club or Federation committee, or any other group, tell us about the idea that you may have been nurturing for some time, thinking no-one in the CA would be interested. Tel/fax 0207 736 3148, caoffice#croquet.org.uk, or The Croquet Association, c/o The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3PR. Nigel will point you in the right direction so we can give you a swift response and get things moving.
To trigger your ideas . . .
Anything that will help croquet (all variations) to develop, with priority on ideas for the sport as a whole, not those specific to one club, such as:
Tournaments and other events, coaching, coaches, referees, managers, lawns, equipment, club facilities, new clubs, membership, recruitment and retention (clubs and the CA), sponsorship, marketing, communications, publications, web sites, commercial activities, administration (in clubs, Federations and the CA).
An outline proposal is all that is required. And little ideas are just as valuable as big ones.
Chairman, Management Committee