Welcome to the Nottingham Croquet Club website
Club partial reopening for members, following temporary closure due to Coronavirus epidemic.
Please see news menu on this site - item posted 14/5/2020
Burgeoning interest in croquet! Get your name down to learn with Nottingham Croquet Club.
Croquet is one of 8 specific sports which can restart under the current relaxation of lockdown guidance, and there seems to be lots of interest in learning this fascinating, tactical and skilful sport. Nottingham Croquet Club has been offering Open Days for people new to the game and coaching courses for beginners for over 90 years. We currently are unable to hold group events, but if you’re interested in taking up the game, please register your details using the Enquiries page of this website and we will get back to you. This brief video shows some of our members back enjoying croquet after lockdown. https://www.facebook.com/CroquetEngland/videos/257220935518483/?v=257220935518483
The club welcomes new members, both beginners and established players.
The club has five permanent full-sized lawns and a grade II listed pavilion in Highfields Park. It has also recently secured the lease on the adjacent former bowls greens and disused bowls pavilion and hopes soon to be able to embark on repairing and restoring both. Players range in strength from complete beginners to world class. Membership is open to anyone interested in Croquet.
If you would like to get more of a flavour of the game and what sort of people it might appeal to, please click on the following links to short video or sound clips:
- What croquet means to me
- Womens World Championship (hosted by the club in 2015)
- Two loyal members
- Tackling the image problem - interviews with young croquet players (by Robert Walker, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 PM programme)
For people interested in taking up the sport, the club normally holds an Open Day in May, followed by an introductory course on Tuesday evenings.
In 2019 the club hosted the Under-21 World Golf Croquet Championship from 20th - 24th July. Euan Burridge, one of our members, was a bronze medallist.
For established players the club runs a range of internal competitions each season, and a number of Tournaments that are also open to Visitors. It has teams competing in five national competitions and several of its members have competed internationally. Indeed, a recent open Association Croquet world champion and the reigning women's Association Croquet world champion, Paddy and Miranda Chapman, are members of the club.
Although the full facilities are only available to members, casual players can be accommodated if a lawn and member to assist them are available and social groups can be entertained by prior arrangement. Students are also welcome, and if there enough interest the former Student Croquet Club could be revived.
The club is a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) registered with HMRC, and is a member of the Croquet Association, the national governing body for the sport, and the East Midlands Federation of Croquet Clubs.