Over the past few years the Hove Beach Croquet Club has welcomed a variety of local groups and community organisations for croquet days out.
We have been running croquet sessions for local charities including MIND, The Corner House, Brighton Housing Trust and ESAB (East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People).
Pitches are set up, deckchairs and tables laid out, and group members given whatever coaching they need to get started. Sometimes a light lunch is laid on so the group can really enjoy a day out.
Some groups now have regular weekly bookings, and group leaders often tell us about the (sometimes unexpected) benefits of a croquet day out.
Every group and every individual has a story. Chris came along to croquet with his support worker in a group from a local charity. He has learning difficulties and issues with concentration, and the support worker described how Chris couldn't concentrate for more than a few minutes. But on his last visit, Chris stayed focussed throughout, and won a competitive game. When he walked up the path after the last session, he looked truly happy. The support worker said he hadn't seen Chris smile before.
We could write many similar stories about what we have observed, and the feedback we've received.
When a new group is considering croquet as a day out, we run a first introductory afternoon or early evening session.
Group leavers or staff members are introduced to the game, we show them how to get started and how the club works.
We don't charge for introductory sessions, in fact most local groups and organisations aren't charged for anything.
If you are local charity or community group and would like to add croquet to your list of activities, please get in touch.
Pitches are set up, deckchairs and tables laid out, and group