The Croquet Association proposes that changes should be made to the constitution of the WCF to make it more effective. The proposals will be discussed at the WCF Council meeting to be held in London during July and members of the Federation will have the opportunity to vote on them later in the year.
The CA believes that the changes will bring the major croquet playing countries and the WCF closer together. The intention is to try to ensure that the limited resources available throughout the world to administer croquet are better co-ordinated and focused.
The changes being proposed will clarify the role of the Federation as an organisation that should concentrate on developing croquet internationally by, in particular, promoting international events on a regular basis.
A number of changes are designed to strengthen the links between national governing bodies and the Federation. The CA proposes that the WCF Management Committee should be reorganised so that five of its members are directly nominated by each of the national governing bodies of Australia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and USA; the other two members of the Committee are to be elected by the remaining full members of the WCF. This will mean that the Committee, having much stronger links with the national croquet bodies, should be in a good position to reflect more directly the wishes of players world-wide. The national associations are likely to feel much more part of the WCF and more committed to ensure it succeeds.
The CA believes the Presidency of the WCF should rotate on a regular basis. A major role of the President should be to chair the WCF Management Committee to ensure its overall effectiveness. The President should be in position for a maximum length of 30 months but could if desired hold the post for one year only.
The Croquet Association strongly recommends that national bodies never mandate their nominees on the WCF Management Committee. Committee members should be quite free to vote as they wish and in this way we believe they will very quickly become a cohesive committee, intent on moving international croquet forward in a very positive way
Quiller Barrett Chairman, Management Committee
David Openshaw Chairman, International Committee