Coaching for established members

In addition to the Introductory coaching courses provided mainly for new members (described here) , we provide a wide range of coaching opportunities for established members, in both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet, completely free of charge. 

The purpose of all activities in our coaching programme is to give our members opportunities to:

  • learn and develop as players,
  • meet and get to know other members, and
  • enjoy themselves.

This year (2021), 9 coaching groups are established, each with a lead organiser. Some adjustments have had to be made during the year due to changing availability of coaches resulting from the pandemic. The current arrangements are: 

GroupSuitable for: Lead
Group 1Beginners, refreshers, block maintenanceDebbie Watson (AC), Cathy Turski (GC)
Group 2AC Handicaps 24-20Viv Staley, Roger Watson
Group 3AC Handicaps 18-12Rob Edlin-White, Alex McIntyre
Group 4AC Handicaps 12-8Derek Blow
Group 5 & 6AC Handicaps below 7-3Dave Gunn, John Davis
Group 7AC Handicaps 2 to minus Ian Burridge
Group 8Short CroquetDavid Brydon
Group 9GC Handicaps 12-8 Cathy Turski
Group 10GC Handicaps 7 to minus Rachel Gee
Group 11JuniorsIan Draper

Club members are invited to make contact with the relevant lead and sign up to the group. Each group lead will publish a programme of events, and will be looking for help from club members, especially qualified coaches. As well as organising formal coaching sessions, the group leads will facilitate communication within their group - e.g. by setting up a WhatsApp group - to encourage mutual learning and organising of practice sessions. 

Additionally there may be a number of further coaching events organised during the season which will be announced on the online club calendar and the emailed newsletters. In particular the club has some exceptionally qualified coaches at the top level of both AC and GC who might offer Masterclasses in specific areas. 

Please check the club calendar for up to date information.

Finally, it's very well worth checking out Paddy Chapman's excellent CroquetDev website which provides first class online coaching material.