The World Croquet Federation (WCF) has much pleasure in announcing that the Svenska Kroquetforbundet (SKF) (Swedish Croquet Association) has been admitted to Associate Membership by the agreement of the WCF Management Committee, subject to eventual ratification by the Full voting membership.
The ratification proposal will be made on 12th May 2009 at the next WCF General (Council) Meeting to be held at West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
The Swedish Croquet Association was founded in Stockholm 1985 and at that time only the Swedish version of croquet was played.
In 1998 the first Swedish national championship was played. The following year the first Swedish national championship in Association Croquet was played and latterly Golf Croquet also.
In 2008 a real upswing for Swedish croquet took place when Anton Varnas built four full size croquet lawns in Eskilstuna where the national championships are played. It is hoped the venue will be used for future Swedish Open Championships and possibly international competitions.
Sweden has been represented in the international championships since 2003 with the following as best results:
2006: 15th in the golf croquet world championships
2007: Plate win in the team European championships
2007: Plate win and fifth place in the association croquet European championships
The Swedish Croquet Association currently consists of 16 clubs with about 100 members.
Ulf Soderberg, President of the Swedish Croquet Association said, "The Swedish Croquet Association's main cause is to promote and administer the croquet sport in Sweden and also represent the sport out of the country and also help croquet being available for everybody."