Vacancy for an ERC Event Co-ordinator

The European Regional Committee (ERC) are recruiting for someone to administer the European Championships. The role will involve managing all the admin required for these events. Typically, the ERC schedule two to three events each year. The European Club League may be added to this role for the 2026 season onward. The administration for each championship event includes:

  • Initiating the event – this involves emailing Members the Invitation via email and website notifications.
  • Managing all follow up emails and communications with Members.
  • Collecting and managing the entries via an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Liaising with Tournament Group to agree the event structure e.g. player numbers and format.
  • Publishing the award of places to Members and on the website.
  • Liaising with the WCF Treasurer to ensure all Entry Fees are received and chasing players for these.
  • Requesting the Player Information via a Google Form and tracking receipt.
  • Setting up a Player and Officials WhatsApp group.
  • Managing any player withdrawals in line with the regulations.
  • Liaising with the host organising committee as Event Lead.
  • Ensuring the WCF website and Facebook pages are regularly updated with Event news.
  • Setting up the post event Player survey and then collating and summarising the feedback received.

These activities are managed through email, Google forms and most importantly Excel. An excel template will be provided but may need tailoring for each event. The role holder should therefore have some proficiency in the use of spreadsheets. The role holder will be expected to attend the ERC monthly online meetings, and join in debates, but will not be a voting member of the committee.

Training will be provided by Debbie Lines, the current WCF Secretary-General with additional support from Roberts Stafeckis, the current ERC Chair to whom this role will report.

An honorarium of £250 per event managed, will be payable.

The post is expected to start early September, in time for the start of the admin cycle for the 2025 events, invitations for which are due to be sent out in October.

If interested, please email Debbie Lines for more information or to apply. Applications close 31st July 2024.

 

2024 European GC Champion: Winner José Álvarez-Sala

The 2024 GC European Championship was held between 16-19 May 2024 at the Sussex County Croquet Club in Southwick, near Brighton, England. 

Champion: José Álvarez-Sala, Spain

Winner of the Shield:  Andres Álvarez-Sala, Spain

Winner of the Bowl: Chris Roberts, Wales

Winner of the Plate: Wolfgang Usbeck, Germany

Thank you to the hosts, Croquet England, and especially to the host club 'Sussex County Croquet Club'. We know how much work goes into running these events and so the ERC would like to thank all the hardworking volunteers without which the event could not be held.

A full report to follow soon.

Champion: José Álvarez-Sala, Spain

European Golf Croquet Club League Results – Novo Sancti Petri Heat

Novo Sancti Petri, near Cadiz Spain, were the hosts of the first heat of the 2024 European Club League season and provided quick lawns despite some heavy rain. Last year's runners-up, Roehampton, just managed to run out winners and qualify for the Grand Final in Madrid in October. Having won their opening two matches against Algarve and Bromley they were held to a 5-5 draw by Novo Sancti Petri in the final round. However, the hosts had earlier dropped a further point, drawing with Algarve. Newcomers Bromley acquitted themselves admirably and were only a golden hoop away from securing a draw against Novo Sancti Petri. Dusan Turcer (Algarve) won all six of his singles games.

1st Roehampton (ENG) 2 wins, 1 draw 5 points
2nd Novo Sancti Petri (SPA) 1 win, 2 draws 4 points
3rd Algarve (POR) 1 win, 1 draw 3 points
4th Bromley (ENG) 0 wins 0 points

Full results are available at Croquet Scores - 2024 ECL Novo Sancti Petri Heat

 

European Golf Croquet Club League Results – IKSKILE Heat 8/9 July

60 games were played, among them 48 singles. After the first two matches all teams were tied at one match won out of two. On the second day, the play continued with further narrow margins.

Ikskile Club defeated Hamburg by 6-4, and secured not only a place at the Grand Final, but also the overall top position. Ealing beat Tolkis by 7-3, and thus earned the other ticket to Roehampton.

Overall, the top team has won just two games more than the last team – a clear indication of the closeness of the playing level of all teams.

Ealing Club presented an elegant table-top flag with national flags of all four clubs.

On Saturday night, there was an enjoyable barbecue party at the club for all players and accompanying persons. After the meal and a few drinks, the players went out to the lawns again to play some friendly matches that lasted until dusk at around 11pm.

For full results visit Croquet Scores: 2023 GC European Club League - Ikskile Heat 8/9 July 2023

2024 European AC Championship – Final Places announced

The 2024 European Association Croquet Championship will be held between 15-18 August 2024 at the Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin, Ireland. 

The Closing Date for Membership Places was 16th April 2024.

Out of the 17 Member Places originally requested, 5 were not used by the Members. This released these places to the Replacement Ranking List. One went to Switzerland and one to Austria. After this there were no more players in the Replacement Ranking list from countries that had not reached the ERC country maximum limit of 3 players. The remaining 3 places were therefore allocated to the top 3 players of the RRL, two English and one Irish. The ranking data used was at end 16th April 2024.

If a withdrawal occurs, the list will be re-run with ranking data as at the end of the day that the withdrawal is notified to the ERC.

Entry fee Payment – due by May 16th
Concerning the entry fees (£68 per player), these should be paid by May 16th 2024. Payments direct to the WCF Bank account are always preferred, if at all possible. Our bank details have been emailed to Members and should be forwarded to players. If a direct bank transfer is not possible, then you can use PayPal to pay by credit or debit card via the WCF web site using the following link: ERC - How to Pay your Entry fees

The process is hopefully self-explanatory. You do not need to be a member of PayPal in order to use this option.

Player Information – due by 16th May
The players should also send their player information. As well as contact information required by the Event Management team, a short player bio and a good photograph is required for use by the Irish in their event publicity and website.

Please complete this online Google form:  Player Information Google Form - ERC AC Championship, also due by 16th May.

Note: If you have any trouble uploading the photo (which does effect some people), please email it to me instead and I will pass it on.

2024 ERC AC Championship Player List 17.4.24

 

2024 European GC Women’s Championship – Final Player List – updated 20th April

17th April - Jane Pringle, England, withdrew.

20th April - Alison Murray, England, being the highest eligible player on the Replacement Ranking List as at end of day 17th April, accepted the offered place.

Attached is file showing all the players, and the current replacement list.

2024 ERC GC Women's Player list updated 20th April

 

2024 European GC Championship – Member Places updated 2nd April

There are 32 places in the next GC European Croquet Championship scheduled from 16th to 19th May 2024 at Sussex County Croquet Club (England).

12 Ranking Places were announced previously.

The full list of players, including the Replacement List (with DGrades as at 27th March, these may change) can be found in the file below.

2024.04.01. ERC Entry file GC Singles May2024

If any player wishes to withdraw, they should do so via their Member as soon as they become aware that they can no longer play. The DGrades applicable for the Replacement Ranking List are updated at the end of the day that the Secretary-General is notified of the withdrawal.

 

 

Member Place Update - 2nd April

Following the withdrawal of Janis Steins, Latvia have picked Tomass Freimanis as their Member replacement.

Please see updated list of Member Places

2024 European Championships – How to pay your entry fees

There are three ERC events coming up that need to be paid for.

European GC Singles Championship16 to 19 May 2024 at the Sussex County Croquet Club near Brighton, England. Will be requested on the closing date 28th March. Due by date: 28th April.

European GC Women’s Championship – 1 to 4 August 2024 at Compton Croquet Club in Eastbourne, England. Will be requested on the closing date 11th April. Due by date: 11th May.

European AC Singles Championship – 15-18 August 2024 at the Carrickmines Croquet & Lawn Tennis  Club, Dublin, Ireland. Will be requested on the closing date of 16th April. Due date 16th May.

The Entry fee for all these events is £68 per player.

Please do not pay until you have been notified that you have been awarded a place in the event. Those on the Replacement List, do NOT yet have a place.  Lists of those with awarded places can be found on the relevant page for each event.

The ERC would prefer that you pay by Bank Transfer. All details on how to do this will be in the email sent to each Member by the ERC Event Lead. This will be sent out shortly after each Closing date and we ask that our Members please forward this information onto their players. Paying in this way incurs lower fees for the ERC and will be very much appreciated.

If you do need to pay by PayPal, please click on the button below:

 

2024 European AC Championship – Accommodation

Sandy Greig has kindly reserved some rooms a nearby hotel to the Carrickmines club. This is due to the shortage of suitable accommodation in the vicinity of Carrickmines.

Reserved are 5 single and 5 double rooms in the (fairly) nearby Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown,  for the 4 nights of the Championships. This is about 3km from Carrickmines but has a direct public transport connection (LUAS). Price is €190 per night B&B for single occupation and €200 for double.

Sandy needs to give 30 days’ notice of cancellation, so this offer expires 14th July!

To take advantage of this offer, please email Debbie at secretary@worldcroquet.org , and she'll put you in touch with Sandy.