May 2020 Newsletter

WCF May 2020 Newsletter

Largest Ever Development Grant Awarded

A 30% grant of up to 15,000 EUR has been awarded to the Latvian Croquet Federation to part-fund the building of their first multi-lawn venue. The planned three lawn club is to be built in the town of Ikskile, 30 miles east of Riga, and it is hoped that the main part of the work, including the creation for the courts, will be completed later this year.

Coronavirus and the WCF 10 year Championship Schedule

As previously announced, the coronavirus pandemic has already caused us to postpone the GC World Team Championship Tiers 2 & 3 events due to be held in Spain and England this year.

After consultation with all the affected Event Hosts, namely the Members due to host events from 2020 to 2023, it has been decided that the best approach is to move the entire WCF forward calendar back by 12 months, beginning with the 2020 Women’s AC World Championship. This will hopefully provide a degree of certainty. The existing Event Hosts have agreed to work on that basis and, whilst the exact dates need to be finalised in the coming months, the revised Schedule is:

WCF Event Host Original Revised
    date date
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2 Spain May-20 May-21
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 England Jul-20 Jul-21
2020 Women's AC World Championship New Zealand Nov-20 Nov-21
2021 Under 21 GC World Championship New Zealand Jan-21 Jan-22
2021 GC World Championship New Zealand Feb-21 Feb-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tiers 2/3 England Aug-21 Aug-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (MacRobertson Shield) Australia Nov-21 Nov-22
2022 AC World Championship England Jul-22 Jul-23
2022 Over 50 GC World Championship Australia Oct-22 Oct-23
2023 Under 21 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24
2023 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24

In the original Schedule, the MacRobertson Shield was scheduled for 2025, its centenary year. The

plan is still to achieve this, if possible, with slight revisions to the Schedule around that time if necessary.

Development Committee/Business Plan

The WCF has published its Business Plan for 2020-2023 which can be found at

https://worldcroquet.org/documents/Governance/BusinessPlans/WCFBusinessPlan2020_23.pdf. An important part of delivering this plan will fall to the recently re-established Development Committee. Anyone interested in joining this committee should contact either of its MC members, Ian Burridge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Roberts Stafeckis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Global Resources

The WCF has recently launched an initiative to try to share more resources on a global basis. The initial offerings, croquetscores.com, Court Booking Systems, Swiss Management Software, information relating to developing a club and an index of YouTube videos can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/croquet-information/global-croquet-resources

Anyone with similar resources which they are prepared to share with the global community should contact Ian or Roberts (as above).

Handicap Advice Sheet

A WCF advice sheet has been agreed which provides information on how Members that do not operate a national handicapping system can facilitate handicap play amongst their players, it can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/documents/AdviceSheets/WCFAdviceSheet_HandicapPlay.pdf

Player Surveys

The results of the player surveys from the recent GC World Team Championship (Tier 1) and AC World Championships can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/about-the-wcf/surveys

Hall of Fame

Nominations are sought for potential inductees in 2020, these should be sent to the Secretary-General before September 30th for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations should be in accordance with the following:-

“A nomination by an individual is to take the form of a written citation which should demonstrate how the candidate has made an outstanding contribution to any of the Games of Croquet as a player, administrator or supporter or any combination thereof. A citation should be in English and not less than 500 words and should be accompanied by a photograph or portrait of the candidate.”

https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/about-the-wcf/hall-of-fame

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

6 June 2020