This last week-end saw a Laws Course for budding referees being held at Bowdon, which was oversubscribed. Under the Directorship of Barry Keen, the course was designed to introduce the finer points of the laws of croquet to players and then, if they wished, to move on to taking a referees examination.
Joining in this process was the World Croquet Federation, who had kindly been given places for non UK players to attend and had subsequently subsidised their travel.
Taking up this opportunity were two players from Sweden, Simon Carlsson and Ulf Soderberg and three from Norway, Roar Michalsen, Birger Stene and the Norwegian CA President, Tore Gulbrandsen. Two members of the Scottish CA from Edinburgh also attended.
The WCF thanked those involved and hopes to continue an involvement in future laws courses for its membership.
In the pipeline, is the formation of two WCF Referees Committees, for Association and Golf Croquet, to oversee best practice and achieve referee training consistency around the croquet playing world.
Plans have already been laid by the WCF to host a Laws Course in Norway later this year, with another in Germany in 2008.