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The Croquet Academy

is located at Sussex County Croquet Club, Victoria Road, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4DJ  Tel: 01273 591874
The Main Entrance to the Club and Car park is in Kingston Lane – for Satnav use BN43 6YW (College opposite entrance)
Further information here.

Courses:

GC Beginners' Courses (2 courses)
GC High Handicappers' Courses (2 courses)
AC Introduction & Development in Advanced Play
AC Perfecting your AC Stroke & Break Play
GC Rules Course
Positive Mental Approach to Croquet
GC Improvers' Course
AC Laws and Referees' Qualification Course
GC Referees' Refresher Workshop
AC Development Course in Handicap Play
AC Beginners' Course
AC Improvers' Course
GC Advanced Play Masterclass
Coach Qualification Course (CQC)
GC Coached Games Day
GC Rules and Referees’ Qualification Course
AC Beginners' Follow-Up Course
AC Improvers' Follow-Up Course
GC Coached High Bisque Tournament
AC High Bisque Tournament
One-to-One Coaching

General Notes:

1.
Entry on the club online entry system at http://www.thecroquetacademy.com is the preferred method. There is no need to complete a paper form as well.
2.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Croquet Academy". Please state the course(s) on reverse of cheque.
3.
If you wish to pay by electronic transfer, please email courses@thecroquetacademy.com for account details.
4.
Morning coffee, light lunch and tea will be available on all courses unless you are notified otherwise. Please confirm on the entry form that you will be having lunch and indicate any special dietary requirements.
5.
Please indicate other coaching courses attended during the prior two years.
6.
If an email address is provided, your entry receipt and further communications will be made by email.
7.
If you need to discuss a course further contact Janet Hoptroff at courses@thecroquetacademy.com tel: 01903 859417 or the Course Secretary shown against each Course.
8.
Cancellations: Within 1 week of start of course - no refund; outside one week - refund of fee minus £5 administration charge.
9.
Reservations for courses are based on the time the booking is confirmed with payment. Availability for courses will be updated on The Academy website, and once a course is full applicants can be considered for the reserve list.
10.
The Course fee will include a Course Manual or Course Notes, in pdf form, unless otherwise indicated.

GC Beginners' Courses (Two Separate Courses)

Dates:
Course 1: 11 Apr 2018 Course 2: 14 May 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to beginners.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for complete beginners or for players who are starting to play Golf Croquet and wish to improve their game.
2.
Content includes: Understanding the basic rules, striking the ball, improving accuracy, hoop running, clearing an opponent ball, basic tactics.

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GC High Handicappers' Courses (Two Separate Courses)

Dates:
Course 1: 12 Apr 2018 Course 2: 16 May 2018
Lead Coach:
Janet Hoptroff
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 9 and above.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for players who would like to improve their game and have a handicap of 9 or more.
2.
Content includes: Understanding the basic rules, effective striking, improving accuracy, hoop running, clearing an opponent ball, basic tactics.

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AC Introduction & Development Course in Advanced Play

Dates:
11-12 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Nigel Polhill
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 6-14 (Min: 6 Max: 14).
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for those Association players who want to start or improve their skills at advanced play level.
2.
Most suitable for players handicapped 6 - 14.
3.
Content: To include Leaves, Law 36, Openings, perfecting the basic strokes, break management, picking up the break from the missed lift shot, peeling and tactics in the advanced game.

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Perfecting Your AC Stroke and Break Play

Dates:
14-15 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching restricted to handicaps 5-12 (Min: 5 Max: 12).
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This Course is a must for players aspiring to play top 'A' level Croquet and is ideal preparation for the Triple Peel Course. Ideally for those in the 5-12 handicap range, this course is aimed at those wishing to perfect their stroke play and 3 and 4-ball break skills. Other handicaps will be considered with the agreement of the Lead Coach.
2.
Course includes: Preparation, Stroke Variations, Practical & Psychological stroke play, Stroke choice situations, Variations in playing sequences, Combination Practice Routines, Leaves, Peels, Cannons, Peeling, Breaks .... and a lot more.
3.
There is an accompanying Study Set containing 2 books: Laminated map of court with ball studs, Must Do list for stroke play, and Practice Routines. The Study Set will be available on the final day at a special discounted course price.

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GC Rules Course

Dates:
18 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Rules - for prospective GC Referees.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Daphne Gaitley is an Examining Referee and the Academy's leading GC coach.
2.
The course is suitable for GC players of all abilities.
3.
The course is designed for those players who wish to become GC Referees and is also suitable for those wishing to improve their knowledge of GC rules.
4.
This course can be booked in conjunction with the GC Referees Qualification Course which will be held on 6 & 7 June 2018. Players wishing to progress to the Qualification Course in June may then book both 6 June course which will be a re-cap on the rules and 7 June which will be the Referees' examination.
5.
To gain maximum benefit from this course attendees will be invited to complete some pre-course study.
6.
Players intending to become qualified GC Referees must have a good working knowledge of the Rules before attending the Course, and will need to be CA Premium Members to hold the CA GC Referee qualification.

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Positive Mental Approach to Croquet

Dates:
18 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Practical course for AC & GC players aimed at improving ones mental approach to the game.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for Association Croquet and Golf Croquet players who want to improve their performance in competitive play. 80% of sports performance is mental.
2.
Course content to include preparing for a match, managing emotional states in play, focus, maximising your chance of shot success, dealing with bad shots, becoming a more effective competitor, how to model the best players and how to improve your game when you aren't even on the lawns

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GC Improvers' Course

Dates:
21 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 4-9
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for players who would like to improve their game and who hold a club handicap of 9 or less.
2.
Content includes: Playing techniques including jump shots, cannons, promoting partner ball, the principles of tactical play, tactical problems, effective use of extra turns and the rules.

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AC Laws & Referees' Qualification Course

Dates:
21-23 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Association Croquet Referees Course.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is designed for those wishing to become qualified CA Association Croquet Referees, but other players who simply want to increase their knowledge of the Association Croquet Laws will be welcome. Potential Referees will be given priority.
2.
Written and practical examinations for referees will be arranged during the second day of the course.
3.
Players intending to become qualified referees must have a good working knowledge of the Laws before attending the course, and will need to be CA Premium Members to hold the CA AC Referee qualification.

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GC Referees' Refresher Workshop

Dates:
23 Apr 2018
Leader:
Martin French
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
1 Day Interactive workshop for existing qualified GC Referees.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The Workshop is aimed at consolidating understanding of difficult areas of the Rules and the Guidance on Rules topics for players and referees.

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AC Development Course in Handicap Play

Dates:
25-26 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 12-18 (Min: 12 Max: 18)
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Association Croquet Coaching restricted to handicap 12-18 unless otherwise agreed with the Lead Coach.
2.
Ideal for those wishing to consolidate the basics and improve their game by advancing their techniques and tactics.
3.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks, using bisques to create and maintain breaks, tactics.
4.
The course is designed to prepare players to improve their handicap play and should enable successful players to consider Advanced Croquet the following season.

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AC Beginners' Course

Dates:
25 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to beginners
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For players wishing to start playing Association Croquet or have a very limited knowledge of the game.
2.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks and using bisques, the use of a variable pivot and practice routines.
3.
Players can then go on to take part in the following two-day AC Improvers' Course.

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AC Improvers' Course

Dates:
26-27 Apr 2018
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 18 and above
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For players in the range 18 and above
2.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing and developing breaks and using bisques, the use of a variable pivot and practice routines.
3.
Ideal as a follow-on to the one-day AC Beginners' Course.

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GC Advanced Play Masterclass

Dates:
2 May 2018
Lead Coach:
Stephen Mulliner
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching restricted to handicaps: 4 and below
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for GC players aspiring to play in ‘A’ ad ‘B’ level tournaments and is the next stage after the GC Improvers’ Course.
2.

Content includes: The mental approach to the game, basic and advanced playing techniques and associated practice routines, the principles of GC tactics and understanding the tactical decision tree.

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Coach Qualification Course (CQC)

Dates:
9-10 May 2018
Manager:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Open to AC & GC players aspiring to become a Club Coach, a GC Coach or an AC Grade 1 Coach. 
AC & GC Coaching.
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium Member: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to CA Associates and members of clubs affiliated to a Federation. To attend the course you are expected to have a working knowledge of AC Laws and/or Golf Croquet Rules.
2.
The course aims to develop your coaching skills and forms the first part of the Club Coach Qualification Process.
3.
Participants will not be required to cover both AC and GC.
4.
Only CA Associates can be entered onto the CA Register of Coaches, and receive the Coach's Badge.
5.
For details of the Qualification Process, please refer to the CA website:  www.croquet.org.uk  'Becoming a Coach'

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GC Coached Games Day

Dates:
21 May 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 6 & above.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
1. The course will be split into groups by handicap. A series of coached games will be organised interspersed with coaching sessions concentrating on different aspects of GC competitive play.
2.
Games will be supervised and coaches will make observations between and if necessary during games.

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GC Rules and Referees' Qualification Course

Dates:
6-7 June 2018
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Anne Smith, 1 White Horse Yard, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4DW.anne@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 745793.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Referees Course.
Entry Fee:
One day Rules course: £50.00; CA Premium Members: £40.00
Two days including GC Referees examination: £75.00; CA Premium Members: £65.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Daphne Gaitley is an Examining Referee and the Academy's leading GC coach.
2.
The course is suitable for GC players of all abilities.
3.
The course is designed for those players who wish to become GC Referees and is also suitable for those wishing to improve their knowledge of GC rules.
4.
This course can be booked in conjunction with the GC Rules Course which will be held on 18 April 2018.
5.
To gain maximum benefit from this course attendees will be invited to complete some pre-course study.
6.
Players intending to become qualified GC Referees must have a good working knowledge of the Rules before attending the Course, and will need to be CA Premium Members to hold the CA GC Referee qualification.

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AC Beginners' & AC Improvers' Follow-up Courses (Two Courses)

Dates:
13-14 June 2018
Lead Coaches:
Daphne Gaitley & Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Courses:
i) Higher Handicappers (22+) (Daphne Gaitley)
ii) Lower handicappers (18-22) (Jonathan Isaacs)
Format:
AC coaching restricted to handicaps 18+ (min: 18).
Entry Fee:
£75.00; CA Premium members: £65.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
The course will be designed as a follow-up to the earlier AC Beginners' and AC Improvers' Courses (see above).
2.
Applicants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.
3.
Preference will be given to those who have attended this year's or last year's AC Beginners' and/or AC Improvers' Courses.
4.
During the first day concentration will be given to improving stroke & break play. On day 2 the focus will be on coached games.

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GC Coached High Bisque Tournament (Handicap 10+)

Date:
28 Jun 2018
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. richard@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07876 227165.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
13 point GC Games with coaching advice before & after each game.
Entry Fee:
£40.00; CA Premium members: £35.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
An ideal introduction to Golf Croquet tournament play, particularly for those who have completed the Beginners' and High Handicappers' Academy coaching courses. However this tournament is open to all 10+ handicap players. The day is designed to be a relaxed, fun introduction to tournament play.
2.
Coaching will be given before and after each game either in groups or on a one to one basis.

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AC High Bisque Tournament

Dates:
30-31 July 2018
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, West Sussex, BN3 3WN. morgan@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 07867 319466.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Trophy:
Pat Shine Shield (Holder: Janet Hoptroff)
Format:
Full bisque to a base. 3 x 14 point games on each day to a time limit. Format AMD. Handicap AC, restricted to handicaps 14-20 inclusive.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
An ideal introduction to Association tournament play, particularly for those who have completed improvers' or bronze coaching courses.
2.
There will be coaching advice given between games, including advice on bisque-taking. Help will be available with the Laws.

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One-to-One Coaching AC & GC

Dates:
See below
Coach:
Cliff Jones: 16,17,19,20, 24,25 April
Daphne Gaitley & other Leading Academy Coaches: Various Dates
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC and GC One-to-One Coaching for all handicaps. 1 and 1.5 hour sessions.
Entry Fee:
Price on application - depending on requirement.
Special conditions for these sessions
1.
Open to AC & GC Players of all handicaps.
2.
Suitable for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced - individuals and couples.
3.
To include detailed analysis and recommendations for practice.
4.
Please contact the Coaching Secretary with an outline of your coaching requirements and to arrange the Date and Session time.

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