We are a friendly club with over 130 members representing a wide range of ages and many walks of life. We have room for more, thanks to our newly expanded and improved facilities. We are one of the country’s leading clubs, with 9½ lawns and two substantial well-equipped pavilions, providing some of the best croquet facilities and opportunities you’ll find anywhere. We cater for all abilities from complete beginner to world class; all ages from school age to vintage; and all styles of play from a pleasant, casual, social game to a highly skilful and competitive international sport.
We have an ethos of welcome, inclusion, mutual support, team spirit, volunteering, skills development and aspiring for sporting excellence.
Some members socialising outside the east pavilion
We put on events for complete beginners but also host elite events such as test matches in the prestigious MacRobertson Shield series, the 2015 Women's World Championship, and in 2019 the Under-21 World Golf Croquet Championship at which Euan Burridge, one of our members, was a bronze medallist.
Some of our current and past members have reached very distinguished and illustrious levels within the sport. We have around a dozen internationals, three former World Champions and the captain of the victorious 2010 Great Britain team.
Above: Three of Nottinghams dozen or so internationals. Below: view from the club gates (2018); two members in play in May when the rhododendrons are at their best; club member and Women's World champion Miranda Chapman being awarded Nottinghamshire sportsperson of the year.
We are pleased to have a thriving Junior section for school-children, and hope there may soon be enough interest to revive the Student Croquet Club.
We have been playing in the elegant surroundings of Highfields Park since 1929, with a vista to the University of Nottingham's magnificent Trent Building (Morley Horder, 1928) depicted on our club logo.
During the season, which runs from early April to early October, the lawns are available all day, seven days a week (except during tournaments) and can be booked by members using our online lawn booking system for friendlies, club competitions, ladder games, coaching sessions, roll-up and play times, organised club events etc. Saturday afternoon club events - sometimes with teas - are very popular. A handicap system enables meaningful play between players of very different abilities. We also host tournaments (entered by individuals) and matches (inter-club team events). We enter our own teams in five national competitions.
We run Open Days and also accommodate casual play from visitors and passers-by when possible. Coaching courses for beginners are run each year, and we have programmes of ongoing coaching for more experienced players at all levels. Coaching is given freely by experienced members. Additionally we have a range of community outreach activities for social groups, community groups or corporate awaydays.
Outside the main playing season some lawns may be available for play, subject to maintenance and weather considerations. We usually have a range of social events (bridge evenings, board games, country rambles, club dinner) in the closed season.
Administratively, we are a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), run by an annually elected committee, funded mainly by subscriptions, tournament income, lawn hire and catering, and in 2020 some generous grant funding. We have a new 35-year lease on our premises from Highfields Leisure Park Trust, and this also covers work on maintaining the fine turf and surroundings. Our main expenditure is on the lease, utility bills, turf maintenance supplies and croquet equipment. The Member’s Area of this website contains more details of finances, constitution, AGM, elections, minutes etc.