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Has your club got its own website?

[<<] [>>] by Charles Waterfield
12th January 2010 (Other News)

Only about a third of CA member croquet clubs have some sort of website, used to communicate with members and with people who might be interested in their activities and joining.

As a break from those winter jobs, like painting hoops and clearing old notices from the clubhouse, some might find it interesting to see what these club websites have to offer in the way of ideas, as well as what other clubs get up to. This could be of particular interest should your club be thinking of creating its own site.

The CA will not host club web-pages on its site because of the difficulties keeping these updated. All known club websites are linked from the Clubs pages, and can be kept updated with an email to the CA Office.

To get started, here's just a small selection of websites (in alphabetical order) to give ideas as to what can be done. Apologies if your club's site isn't mentioned here; the reason for this note was not to have a beauty-contest!

Website 'Extra' features Link

Bowdon: Extensive range of categories.

Picture archive and much more.

Cheltenham: Concise, doing the job clearly.

Aimed more at the visitor.

Compton: Very croquet-green decor.

Good historical section.

Dyffryn (Cardiff): Simple effective format.

NB uses freeware to build site.

Fylde (Blackpool): Neat (Google calendar) events diary.

Members' area.

Jersey: Claims to be one of the best.

Lots - tips, games, quizzes.

Nottingham: Excellent for visitors or new starters

Enquiry form.

Oxford University: Clear and comprehensive.

Coaching guides. Spoof ancient history.

Pendle & Craven: Fairly elaborate - 'worth the detour'.

Archived news and much more.

Ramsgate: Nice clear site.

Several uses of 'printer-friendly' pages.

Sidmouth: Clear layout and welcoming.

Surbiton: An excellent model.

Tournament vacancies; lawn speeds.

Sussex: Very good, as expected.

Link to the Croquet Academy.

Woking: Also bowls, chess and tennis.

Lawn booking.


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