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  • Club receives award for diversity and inclusion

    Yesterday Nottingham Croquet Club was awarded first place for Diversity and Inclusion by HRH the Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance annual awards.

    Flattering to be recognised when so many others are doing great work. We must go further. 

    (Click on image for a video of the awards)



    Club chair Beatrice and committee member Ferzana talking to HRH the Earl of Wessex

  • West lawns drainage improvements

    The new west lawns seemed not to drain very well - particularly noticable after 3 consecutive named storms.  We hired a Toro Procore 648 machine and Charlie used it on Wednesday 9th March to create about 1.5 million holes, 4.5" deep. We trust this will do the trick.  (More drastic solutions are possible but they cost more and require longer recovery time). 

    Postscript: After another period of heavy rain, it's clear that the lawns are draining better but still nothing like as well as the west lawns. There appears to be a layer of compaction with little organic material. We are confident that the drainage will improve in time, helped along by ongoing good care and occasional interventions of this sort to improve aeration, but hindered if we play on them when saturated, when our use creates compaction and reduces aeration. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nottingham Croquet Club is announced as a finalist for  Diversity and Inclusion Award

     

    The Sport and Recreation Alliance has announced the finalists for its national Community Sport and Recreation Awards, and our club is one of three finalists in contention for the Diversity and Inclusion Award. The finalists have been invited to a ceremony in Coventry in March, where the winners will be announced by HRH The Earl Of Wessex.

    The Sport and Recreation Alliance is an influential organisation within sport so just being named as a finalist in their annual awards is a huge honour for our club. We have some stiff competition from British Cycling and Para Dance UK for this award, but you never know…

    More information on the finalists can be seen at Finalists for Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022.

    The SRA brings together National Governing Bodies within the sport sector. They are the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media, representing virtually every sport or physical activity in the UK. They provide advice, resources, training, advocacy and opportunity to their member organisations, of which The Croquet Association is one.

     

     

  • Nottingham Croquet Club becomes GreenSpace Trusted Provider

    GreenSpace is part of a growing network of ‘green’ social prescribing programmes across the country. Social prescribing allows health care professionals to signpost patients towards non-medical activities. ‘Green’ social prescribing is specifically outdoor activities that are considered particularly beneficial. GreenSpace is the programme name for the people of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City, helping them improve their physical and mental well-being by taking part in supervised outdoor activities.

    The club is proud to have been invited to apply to become a GreenSpace Trusted Provider in recognition of the work we did in 2021 in helping community groups to meet up in a covid-safe environment and enjoy the benefits of our game and our club. We had to jump through some hoops (excuse the pun!) - all our policies and risk assessments have had to be submitted for scrutiny, but we have now heard that we have been awarded GreenSpace Trusted Provider status. You will now see this logo on our website and other communications.

    The Hoops for Health sessions will resume in May. They are designed to be very relaxed. No-one is pressured to do anything and a few people are just happy sitting and watching. Most, however, want to join in at whatever level they find comfortable. It is very relaxed and very rewarding. We are looking forward to welcoming people we saw last year and hopefully some new faces.

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