The Croquet Federation of Belgium is delighted to announce that it has been able to secure dates for an indoor tournament this winter. The 5th Belgian Indoor Open (current holder: Phil Cordingley) will take place on the weekend of 28-29 December, which we hope will give Christmas-sated competititors a rest from their relatives and a change from turkey to crurkey.
As last year, the tournament is due to take place in an enormous carpeted conference hall at the 5-star Chateau du Lac hotel at Genval, just south of Brussels. We aim to provide two nearly fullsize courts, in luxurious surroundings at a special rate.
The format is still to be finalized, but current thinking is tending towards 14pt Advanced, with a one-ball Plate event. Fees of £85/135 EURO include free courtside drinks throughout, a memento for all players, valuable take-away trophies, two lunches (companions welcome at £8 each) and a gala dinner featuring renowned Belgian cuisine (companions welcome at £38).
Deluxe rooms in the hotel are available at about £85 per room per night, which is a fraction of the usual cost, and we hope that Belgium's January sales will already have started so as to tempt non-players. The hotel, which has a heated pool and fitness centre, is a short walk from a mainline station with frequent 30-minute connections to central Brussels.
Feel free to get in touch for further details, Jonathan.Lamb#cec.eu.int