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Provisional Forward Tournament Schedule


Cautionary Notes

This provisional forward calendar is published here to assist:

Please note that this information is primarily to help Croquet England and club planning, and is therefore provisional. Dates and venues are subject to change, particularly for later years. Any forward planning should bear this in mind. Dates and venues are finalised at the time the annual Croquet England Fixtures Calendar is published for the appropriate year. In the event of any discrepancy, the Fixtures Calendar should be considered correct.

Scheduling Assumptions are recorded to aid Croquet England's collective memory, but are non-definitive and may be changed (temporarily or permanently) by the relevant committee(s). Each event has an Event Group, which together with the Scheduling Principles are used to avoid clashes between major events. The number of Courts is provided as a guide for fixtures organised by Croquet England; the actual number of courts will vary with the number of entries. The Court Fee is similarly provided for guidance (see Court and Equipment Hire Fees for details), but is subject to agreement with the relevant Tournaments Committee each year. This only applies to fixtures organised by Croquet England. Separate arrangements apply to World and European events; arrangements for club events are a matter for the host club.

Applications to Host Events

Applications to host an event should be made to the relevant Tournaments Committee. Requests will be solicited by the office at the appropriate time. The lawns column is an approximation of the number of lawns required to host the event and is provided as guidance to clubs.

Provisional Calendar

Key:

This table lists all fixtures organised by Croquet England and selected club and international events. It is sorted primarily for the 2024 season.

Event Event Group AC/GC Courts Court Fee 2024 2025 2026 Scheduling Assumptions

WCF U21 GC World Championship

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A

Feb/Mar TBC

Florida, USA

N/A N/A Every two years, according to WCF 10-year schedule
Croquet England Women vs. Inter-Counties Division 2 Winners E AC - - 20-21 Apr Surbiton TBA TBA, Division 2 Inter-County Champions 2024

TBA

TBA, Division 2 Inter-County Champions 2025

Date arranged by the two teams
Coles C AC - - 4-6 May Cheltenham 3-5 May Cheltenham 2-4 May Cheltenham Cheltenham; Saturday-Monday May day bank holiday weekend
Peels C AC 5-6 Base 16-19 May Nottingham 8-11 May Nottingham 7-10 May TBA Second weekend in May
Western Championship C AC - - 11-12 May East Dorset 9-11 May East Dorset 8-11 May East Dorset Second weekend in May
ERC European GC Championship - GC 8+ - 16-19 May Sussex 15-18 May TBC Budleigh TBA TBA Future schedule to be determined by European Regional Committee of the WCF
AC Inter-Counties B AC 15 Tournament 25-28 May Sussex & Compton 24-27 May Sussex & Compton 23-26 May Sussex & Compton Saturday-Tuesday, including the Spring Bank Holiday Monday.
GC Women's Open Championship C GC 4 Tournament 8-9 Jun Nottingham 7-8 Jun Surbiton TBA TBA Early June

AC Home Internationals

A

AC

4-5

Tournament

8-9 Jun

Southport

7-8 Jun

Budleigh

6-7 Jun

TBA

Second weekend in June, except when Ireland host the GC Home Internationals in which case swap the AC and GC Home Internationals
Men's & Women's B AC 8+ Tournament 12-16 Jun Surbiton 11-15 Jun TBC 10-14 Jun TBA Wednesday to Sunday; finishing on the third weekend in June

England v Spain

A

GC

4-6

Tournament

21-23 Jun

Roehampton

Mar/Apr

Spain

TBA

England

Host alternates between England and Spain.
AC Veterans (Over 65) D AC 10 Tournament 24-29 Jun Budleigh 16-21 Jun Cheltenham 22-27 Jun TBA Monday-Saturday, finishing on the last Saturday in June
GC Open Championship B GC 8+ Tournament 25-30 Jun Sussex 24-29 Jun Budleigh 23-28 Jun TBA Ends on the last Sunday in June
Championship of the East Midlands C AC - - 28-30 Jun Nottingham 27-29 Jun Nottingham 26-28 Jun Nottingham Friday-Sunday; Weekend before the AC Opens
AC Open Championships B AC 8+ Enhanced 6-14 Jul Cheltenham 5-13 Jul Surbiton 4-12 Jul TBA Saturday-Sunday (9 days), starting on the first Saturday in July

GC Home Internationals

A

GC

4/5

Tournament

20-21 Jul

Nailsea (hosted by Wales)

19 - 20 Jul

Balgreen, Scotland

18-19 Jul

TBA

Third weekend in July, except when Ireland host in which case swap the dates between the AC and GC Home Internationals
AC Seniors (Over 50) D AC 10 Tournament 15-20 Jul Budleigh 14-19 Jul Budleigh 13-18 Jul TBA Monday-Saturday, starting after the AC Opens
WCF AC World Championship Qualifier - AC - - N/A N/A

TBA

TBA

N/A N/A Every two years, according to WCF 10-year schedule

WCF AC World Championship

A

AC

-

-

N/A N/A

19-27 Oct (TBC)

USA

N/A

N/A

Every two years, according to WCF 10-year schedule
GC Veterans (Over 60) D GC 6 Tournament 23-25 Jul Sussex 22-24 Jul Sussex 12-23 Jul TBA Tue-Thu in 3rd/4th week in Jul (after AC Seniors)
Eastern Championship C AC 4 - 26-28 Jul Wrest Park 25-27 Jul Colchester 24-26 Jul TBA Fri-Mon, two weeks after the end of the Opens. Venue determined by EACF.
GC English National Doubles (Ranelagh Cups) B GC 6 Tournament 27-28 Jul Budleigh 26-27 Jul Budleigh 25-26 Jul TBA Last weekend in July
ERC Womens GC European Championship - GC 4+ - 1-4 Aug Compton N/A N/A TBA TBA Arranged by the WCF European Regional Committee

MacRobertson Shield (World AC Team Championship Tier 1)

A

AC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A

24 Jul-9 Aug

Roehampton, Hurlingham, Southwick, Surbiton

Every four years, according to WCF 10-year schedule

WCF World AC Team Championship Tier 2

A

AC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A

25-30 Jul

Nottingham

Every four years, according to WCF 10-year schedule

WCF World AC Team Championship Tier 3

A

AC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A

25-30 Jul

Nottingham

Every four years, according to WCF 10-year schedule
Championship of Surrey C AC - - 2-4 Aug Surbiton 1-3 Aug Surbiton 7-9 Aug Surbiton Friday-Sunday; First weekend in August

WCF World GC Team Championship Tier 2

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A

5-10 Aug
(TBC)

Sussex, England

N/A N/A Every four years, according to WCF 10-year schedule

WCF World GC Team Championship Tier 3

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A

5-10 Aug
(TBC)

Sussex, England

N/A N/A Every four years, according to WCF 10-year schedule

Solomon Trophy

A

AC

4

Enhanced

N/A N/A

7-10 Aug

Budleigh

N/A N/A Dates agreed with the USCA. Two events between each MacRobertson Shield.

GC Under-25 Open

C GC 4 Tournament

10-11 Aug

Cheltenham

9-10 Aug

Compton

TBA

TBA

Early August
McWeeney (Croquet England v CAI) - AC 3 Base 12-13 Aug Carrickmines, Ireland 9-10 Aug TBC Ramsgate TBA TBA, Ireland Hosted in Ireland alternate years, date agreed with CAI each year.
ERC AC European Championship - AC 4 - 15-18 Aug Carrickmines N/A N/A TBA TBA Every 2 years, according ERC schedule
GC Inter-Counties Division 1 B GC 11 Tournament 17-18 Aug Sussex 16-17 Aug Sussex 22-23 Aug TBA Sat-Sun on weekend before the Summer Bank Holiday weekend
GC Inter-Counties Division 2 B GC 8 Tournament 17-18 Aug Cheltenham 16-17 Aug Cheltenham 22-23 Aug TBA Sat-Sun on weekend before the Summer Bank Holiday weekend
Croquet England v SCA - AC - Base 31 Aug - 1 Sep Crake Valley TBA Meadows, Scotland TBA TBA Hosted in Scotland in alternate years
ERC European U21 GC Championship - GC - - N/A N/A TBD Czech Republic     Every two years, according to ERC schedule
Northern Championship C AC 4 - 23-26 Aug Bowdon 22-25 Aug Bowdon 28-31 Aug Bowdon Friday-Monday, finishing on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday, at Bowdon

GC First Eight
(Ricki Savage Memorial)

B GC 4 Tournament 24-26 Aug Budleigh 23-25 Aug Ramsgate 28-31 Aug TBA Saturday-Monday, finishing on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday
GC Second Eight (Kate Jones Memorial) B GC 4 Tournament 24-26 Aug Budleigh 23-25 Aug Colchester 28-31 Aug TBA Saturday-Monday, finishing on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday
GC Third Eight (Suzanne Roberts Memorial) B GC 4 Tournament 24-26 Aug Nailsea 23-25 Aug Nottingham 28-31 Aug TBA Saturday-Monday, finishing on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday
Challenge & Gilbey C AC 6 Tournament 8-11 Aug Nottingham 28-31 Aug Cheltenham 4-6 Sep TBA Thursday-Sunday after the August bank holiday
President's Cup B AC 4 Enhanced 5-8 Sep Hurlingham 4-7 Sep Sidmouth 10-13 Sep TBA Thursday-Sunday, second weekend after the August bank holiday
Chairman's Salver B AC 4 Tournament 5-8 Sep Ramsgate 4-7 Sep East Dorset 10-13 Sep TBA Thursday-Sunday, second weekend after the August bank holiday
Spencer Ell Cup B AC 4 Tournament 5-9 Sep Pendle 4-8 Sep Nottingham 10-14 Sep TBA Thursday-Monday, second weekend after the August bank holiday
Treasurer's Tankard B AC 4 Tournament 5-9 Sep Colchester 4-8 Sep Southport 10-14 Sep TBA Thursday-Monday, second weekend after the August bank holiday
Selectors' Weekend B AC 4 Tournament 6-8 Sep Bath 5-7 Sep Ramsgate 11-13 Sep TBA Friday-Sunday, second weekend after the August bank holiday
GC English National Singles Finals (Ascot Cup) B GC 4-8 Tournament 21-22 Sep Nottingham 20-21 Sep Southport 19-20 Sep TBA Saturday-Sunday, 3 weekends after Summer Bank Holiday weekend.
GC All-England Handicap Final E GC 4 Base 14-15 Sep Guildford & Godalming 13-14 Sep Camerton & Peasedown 19-20 Sep TBA Same weekend as Ascot Cup
AC All-England Handicap Final E AC 2 Base 21-22 Sep Blewbury 20-21 Sep Guildford & Godalming 19-20 Sep TBA Same weekend as Ascot Cup
GC B-level Final E GC 5 Base 21-22 Sep East Dorset 20-21 Sep Budleigh 19-20 Sep TBA Same weekend as the English National Singles Finals

GC Grass Roots Competition Final

E GC 4 Base

29 Sep

Camerton & Peasedown

28 Sep

Watford

27 Sep

TBA

Last Sunday in September
Short Croquet National Final E AC 2 (4 SC Courts) Base TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD  
South of England Championship C AC 5 Tournament 20-22 Sep Compton 19-21 Sep Compton 25-27 Sep Compton Compton; Friday-Sunday; penultimate or last weekend in September
GC A-Level Final E GC 4 Tournament 28-29 Sep Sidmouth 27-28 Sep Ryde 26-27 Sep TBA Weekend after the English National Singles Finals
GC C-Level Final E GC 4 Base 28-29 Sep Watford 27-28 Sep Compton 26-27 Sep TBA Weekend after the English National Singles Finals
GC Inter-Club Final B GC 2 Tournament 28 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA 27 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA 26 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA Saturday, late September, Neutral Venue
GC Murphy Inter-Club Shield Final B GC 2 Tournament On or before 29 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA On or before 28 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA On or before 27 Sep Neutral Venue, TBA On or before last Sunday in September, Neutral Venue
AC Inter-Club Finals B AC 6 Tournament 5-6 Oct (TBC) Nottingham (TBC) 4-5 Oct (TBC) TBC 3-4 Oct (TBC) TBC Finishing on first Sunday in October
GC Federations Shield Final B GC 2 Tournament On or before 6 Oct Neutral Venue, TBA On or before 5 Oct Neutral Venue, TBA On or before 4 Oct Neutral Venue, TBA On or before first Sunday in October, Neutral Venue
WCF GC World Championship Qualifier - GC 4+ - TBC USA N/A N/A TBA TBA Immediately before the WCF GC World Championship

WCF GC World Championship

A

GC

-

-

18-26 Oct

Chesapeake Bay CC, Virginia, USA

N/A N/A TBA TBA Every two years, according to WCF schedule
Event Event Group AC/GC Courts Court Hire 2024 2025 2026 Scheduling Assumptions
GC IPD Weekend B GC - - TBA TBA TBA TBA      
AC IPD Weekend B AC - - TBA TBA TBA TBA      
AC Juniors' Championship D AC - Base TBA TBA TBA TBA      
AC Schools' Championship D AC - Base TBA TBA TBA TBA      
AC Students' Championship D AC - Base TBA Oxford University TBA Oxford University     Oxford University is normal venue
ERC European Teams Championship - AC and GC - - N/A N/A N/A N/A     Every four years, according to ERC schedule
WCF Women's AC World Championship Qualifier - AC - - N/A N/A N/A N/A     Every four years, according to WCF schedule

WCF Women's AC World Championship

A

AC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A     Every four years, according to WCF schedule
WCF Women's GC World Championship Qualifier - GC - - N/A N/A N/A N/A     Immediately before the WCF Women's GC World Championship

WCF Women's GC World Championship

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A     Every four years, according to WCF schedule

WCF Over 50 GC World Championship

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A N/A N/A     Every four years, according to WCF schedule

WCF World GC Team Championship Tier 1

A

GC

-

-

N/A N/A

17-23 Feb

Tasmania, Australia

    Every four years, according to WCF schedule
Event Event Group AC/GC Courts Court Hire 2024 2025 2026 Scheduling Assumptions

Event Groups and Scheduling Principles

Following a growing number of clashes between events, Croquet England has conducted a review, during 2018, of the tournament calendar to see what could be done. This generated the following principles which have been confirmed by the relevant committees, and will apply from the 2020 season.

Group Description Events Scheduling Principle
Group A Fully representative international events
  • AC and GC Home Internationals
  • AC: Maugham Salver, Solomon Trophy
  • GC: England v Spain
  • MacRobertson Shield and Openshaw Shield in years held
  • WCF singles events (to the extent that Croquet England has influence over the dates). Qualifying events are not included.
  • Non-representative international events such as Croquet England v CAI are not included in this group.
Group A events should not clash with each other
Group B Croquet England's Flagship Events, including Grade 1 Championships
  • AC and GC Opens
  • AC Mens and Womens (Singles and Doubles)
  • GC English Nationals (Singles [Ascot Cup] and Doubles)
  • AC and GC Eights (treating the suite of eights in each code as a single multi-venue event)
  • AC and GC Inter-Counties
  • AC and GC Inter-Club Finals
  • AC and GC IPD Coaching Weekend (one per code)
Group B events should not clash with each other, or with any Group A event
Group C Grade 2 and 3 Championships
  • AC: Regional Championships (West, East, North, South of England) and C2 Championships (Coles, Surrey, East Midlands)
  • GC: Whole of the GC Championship Series [8x Ascot Cup Qualifying Events]
  • GC: Women's GC Open Championship
  • AC: Other fixtures organised by Croquet England: Peel Memorials, Challenge and Gilbey, South of England
Group C events should not clash with an event of the same code from either Group A or B
Group D Age-Specific Events
  • AC and GC Juniors, Students, Seniors, Veterans
Group D events should not clash with the matching Group D event of the other code
Group E Other
  • Everything Else, including the All-England handicap events, and GC B and C Series events and finals
No constraints