Heard any stories about croquet lately?
The past twelve months have been amazing for Croquet Victoria and Croquet Australia.
Any difficulties currently faced by the Royal Croquet Club are entirely unconnected with Croquet Victoria, a fact made clear to Tom Elliott of 3AW when speaking to the Croquet Victoria Secretary on Thursday afternoon 22 June 2017.
Changes on VCA Council
Croquet Victoria has a new Treasurer.
The 2017/18 Annual General Meeting of Croquet Victoria elected Jim Saunders OAM as Treasurer, succeeding Brian Rowe, who has retired from the position.
Jim's background is in dairy farming, farm politics and agricultural education. Since retiring he has been heavily involved in Golf Croquet, competing locally, nationally and overseas, and he has contributed significantly to croquet administration in Victoria.
News Date: 2017-06-19
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-06-26
News Type: General
Next steps on Croquet Vic Strategic Plan
The June meeting of Council approved action to take forward the Croquet Vic Strategic Plan in 2017 and 2018.
This includes work on governance, membership, image and capability.
The plan includes
All Council members were briefed on governance issues in September 2016.
In 2017 it is planned to hold a pilot regional briefing session for region and club office holders and other interested members
Strategic workshops for clubs, funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria grant. Regional Directors have been seeking club input on topics for these.
Target of 30 clubs to have set a priority for their development in the next three years.
Other targets for 2017:
10 clubs to make contact with local health care workers.
40 clubs using Croquet Victoria flyers for recruitment.
Survey of clubs re their communication strategies and use of online media.
Clubs encouraged to appoint publicity officers. Target of 20 clubs active on Facebook, 20 with publicity officers.
Tournament results published more consistently, including Web, Croquetscores, Facebook, hopefully mainstream media for state level tournaments.
Croquet Facility Guide published and distributed to local authorities to encourage and assist in planning community sporting facilities that include croquet.
Funded planning project to develop master plan for croquet facilities across Victoria (Croquet Victoria has been allocated $40,000 for this).
Development of coaches network using new ACA coaching qualifications; aim to have 4 instructor coaches and 20 new accredited Foundation level coaches.
Handbook for tournament managers, pilot training session for tournament managers.
Referee refresher / training / examination sessions in the metro area and 4 regions, for both GC and AC; 5 new referees in each code.
Implementation of system for making surplus equipment available on loan to new clubs.
Regional Directors and appointed officers have been asked to follow through on these points.
The Croquet Victoria Secretary and Vice President are liaising to ensure Council is regularly updated on progress on the activities and milestones summarised above.
In December 2015 Council approved a Strategic Plan for the five years 2015 - 2020. This focuses on:
- Governance – ensuring that all governing bodies within Croquet Victoria are up to speed on their responsibilities
- Membership – aiming to grow our membership by 300 over the five years to 2020, with a particular focus on recruiting younger members (aged 30 – 50). 80% of clubs to have a plan for developing their club.
- Image – updating the public image of croquet, getting publicity showing croquet as an active and challenging sport and an enjoyable pastime. More stories on croquet in mainstream media. Most clubs engaged with social media, local government planning.
- Capability – training and developing more referees and coaches, establishing networks of coaches, and upskilling members on tournament management. More clubs, more clubs with lights.
This plan is the basis of Croquet Victoria's successful application for annual funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria, from 2016 to 2019.
The Implementation Plan which was endorsed by Council in June 2017 will help Croquet Vic progress towards its planned 2020 outcomes.
Kate Patrick, Vice President
Croquet legend honoured
At its Annual General Meeting on 19 June 2017, Croquet Victoria elected Owen Edwards as a Life Member.
At the meeting, Owen was described as a croquet legend: as a player, an ambassador for croquet, a referee, and a renowned expert on the laws of Association Croquet and the Rules of Golf Croquet.
Owen has been playing croquet for over 30 years, since taking up the game in 1984.
President's Service Award goes to Dot Dickson
Dot Dickson of Essendon Croquet Club has become the second recipient of the Croquet Vic President's Service Award, presented with the agreement of Council to members who have made an outstanding contribution to croquet in Victoria.
Since joining Essendon Croquet Club in 2005, Dot has contributed to croquet at state, regional and club level.