The Oxford University Croquet Club
The historic University Croquet Club exists to promote croquet within the University at all levels. Whether you would like a social pastime or the challenge of competitive croquet - we are here to accommodate you.
Our facilities are top class; our members have access to two full-sized croquet courts in the scenic University Parks (how to find us), which are equipped to championship standard. Members can have their own key to the croquet hut ensuring that they have access to the lawns and equipment. All required equipment is supplied and players only need bring flat-soled shoes.
The club welcomes players of all standards whether you are an absolute beginner or experienced player. As well as providing the facilities for a gentle game of croquet in the pleasant surroundings of the University Parks, we also offer coaching and arrange fixtures to suit all skill levels. Fixtures are great fun - the Club travels extensively to play other clubs in this country and abroad.
Croquet is a sport where size, sex, age and to some extent ability are no handicap! Games can be played where the weaker player is given extra turns to even the odds of winning. Consequently under handicap play you can be playing against a world-class player and both sides have a good game. The Club has official referees and handicappers who also assist in the coaching.
With over 2000 participants, Croquet Cuppers 2012 was the biggest sporting event ever held in Oxford University, and this year it could be even bigger! Once again, the Croquet Association has generously provided prize money - there will be champagne for the best teams and lots of other prizes for the high performers!
The Varsity Match 2013
Each year we play against Cambridge University at the Hurlingham Club in London. The format of the day is six singles games in the morning, and three doubles games in the afternoon, allowing for 6 or more Varsity Players during the day.
Croquet is designated as a HALF BLUE SPORT, and players with appropriate handicaps at the Varsity Match are recommended for Half Blues - the thresholds are 8 or below for women, and 6 or below for men. As in all sports, players of exceptional ability may be recommended for Full Blues. Contact the Captain if you would like to play.
Wednesday evenings (5 p.m. onwards) are Club evenings when there is a high likelihood of meeting other players and committee members at the lawns. This continues throughout the summer vacation.
For the first 4 weeks of Trinity term we hold free coaching sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5 p.m. onwards). Non-members are welcome to attend these and beginners are particularly encouraged to come along. Committee members and more experienced players will be available to coach most standards of player. (This is the only occasion for non-members to try out playing on the lawns. The lawns do, of course, remain open to all members during this time.)
Membership is open to both University and non-University members from £1.00. We have two categories of lawn fees ("term-time" £11.00 and "all summer" £23.00) to allow for the fact that undergraduates are not around over the summer. The deposit for a hut key is currently £5.00. Please click on the link above for more information about joining.
The Club's fixtures range from A-class to beginners' fixtures and all members are encouraged to play. If you would like to play in any of these fixtures please let the Captain know and we'll see if we can get you in a team.
The Student Championships 2013
Held this year in late June, the Student Championships are open to all full-time students either as individuals or as teams. Teams from abroad are welcomed.
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