2024 European GC Singles Championship

Congratulations to our new Champion
José Álvarez-Sala

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.

Original Event Information

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

Main Event
The event capacity is 32 players. The entry fee for successful entrants will be £68.00, based on a rate of £17 per player per day for 4 days.

Format
Block play: 4 blocks of 8 players playing Bo3 game matches. The top 4 in each block will qualify for the Knock-Out Stage.

Knock-Out:   The Knock-Out Stage will comprise 16 players.  Seeding will be  in accordance with Appendix 7 Section B of the WCF Sports Regulations (as approved on the draw date). The Knock-Out will consist of matches of best-of-three games.

Plate:   Entry will be open to those that do not qualify for the Championship Knock-Out Stage.  It will consist of block play and matches will be single games.  It will be followed by a knock-out stage.

Bowl:  Entry will be open to the first-round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Shield:  Entry will be open to the second-round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Use of double banking: The Manager will have the right to double bank as necessary in order to ensure the tournament stays on schedule.

Entry Method
Players should submit their availability to their Member Governing Body in accordance with their published entry method. Any applicants from non-Member countries should email their availability, by the response date, to erc@worldcroquet.org.

Allocation Process

Allocation shall be done according to the WCF Sports Regulations taking into account specific Variations to the WCF Regulations to be used in all ERC events, version 1.1 published on WCF website Europe page.

The Member Place Limit for this event is 5.

Player Information
Successful entrants must complete the requested player information via the Google Form circulated by 1st May.

Please note: as there is no intent to produce a programme, there is no requirement for photos or a player profile.

Catering

The SCCC will provide lunch and teas each day. These can be purchased on a pay as you go basis, or as a day rate:

Day rate: £12 for lunch, teas, hot drinks
Mains: salad bar and/or BBQ: £8
Pudding: £3
Coffee/tea/biscuits and cake all day £5

The club has a licensed bar from which drinks may be purchased.

Practice Day

Five lawns (at least) will be available for practice from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday 15th May.

There is no Opening Ceremony planned.

Parking & Spectators

The croquet club car park should be used. There are limited spaces available. If full, please park sensibly in the nearby residential streets (being courteous to the residents). Players are asked to allow plenty of time, and to car share or use public transport if possible.

Family and guests, and other spectators are welcome. There is no admission fee for anyone.

Hoops

Quadway hoops will be used.

Key Dates

Invitation Date

10 Dec 2023

This is the date that Members will be formally invited to send players to participate in this event.

Response Date

31 Jan 2024

This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking places must have been received by the WCF Management Committee. Members must also specify the number of Membership Places they wish to take up and RCO's should advise if they would like to request a Membership Place.

Allocation Date

14 Feb 2024

The World Ranking List to be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places is that published at the end of the Allocation Date.

Announcement Date

28 Feb 2024

Announcement of the players who have been awarded Ranking Places.

Closing Date

28 Mar 2024

This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places.

Within 1 to 2 days the ERC will announce recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places and advise players how to pay.

Player Contact Details & Bios

1 May 2024

This is the date by which players are asked to provide their contact details, bio's and a headshot photo

Entry Fee Due Date

1 May 2024

Any players awarded a place on the Announcement Date will lose their place if they have not paid by this date.


Key Personnel

Tournament Director

Richard Bilton

Tournament Manager

John Low

ERC Event Lead

Andrés Álvarez‑Sala

Tournament Referee

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Ranking Places Announced

The following players have received ranking places:

Member Places - updated 2nd April

The current list of Member Places, as at 2nd April, is below:

Previous winners

Aston Wade: 2022 European Open Champion.

Rachel Gee, winner of the 2023 GC European Championship (credit Jayne Ellery)