2024 European GC Singles Championship

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.

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 should note that contact details, a photograph and a short bio for the programme, must be provided to the ERC as per the published timetable.

Further information about the event, including local accommodation and attractions, the event timetable and any other relevant information, will be published nearer the start date.

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.

Player Contact Details & Bios

28 Apr 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

28 Apr 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


ERC Event Lead

Andrés Álvarez‑Sala

Tournament Referee





Ranking Places Announced

The following players have received ranking places:

Previous winners

Aston Wade: 2022 European Open Champion.

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