Croquet Vic plans ahead
Croquet Victoria is currently running with a Strategic Plan for the period 2015 to 2020. We also have a rolling implementation plan which includes activities for each year of the plan (now updated for 2020).
A working group has now started work on our next Strategic Plan, which will run from 2021 to 2025. This plan will incorporate relevant action items from the Croquet Infrastructure Plan for the decade 2020 to 2030, which was endorsed by Council in April 2019 (see below).
The timeline for Council to consider the development of the new Strategic Plan is as follows:
In line with this timeline, Council considered a first draft of the Vision and Goals at its October meeting, endorsed it for distribution to clubs and regions for feedback, and approved an updated version at its December meeting - now attached to the minutes of that meeting.
Croquet infrastructure plan 2020-2030
In late 2017 the Department of Sport and Recreation awarded Croquet Victoria a grant of $40,000 to fund the development of a ten year infrastructure plan for croquet across the area of Croquet Victoria, to run from 2020 to 2030.
Jayson Moran of Insight Leisure Planning was appointed as the consultant to undertake the project. A reference group for the project was also established, comprising two SRV representatives (Ben O’Brien and Kirsty Reidy), a local government officer (Mark Patterson, Manager of Sport and Active Living at Ballarat City Council), and the CEO of a statewide sporting association (Sam Watson, General Manager, Lacrosse Victoria).
For this project, information was collected about the facilities at every club in Croquet Victoria. In early 2018, LGAs, clubs and regions were surveyed. Later in the year a background information document and an initial Issues and Opportunities paper were sent to regions and clubs for comment. This feedback informed a set of draft documents, which were circulated for feedback in February / March 2019. Comments were received from 30 LGAs and a small number of individuals, clubs and regions. These were taken into account in the final documents.
CURRENT PROJECT STATUS
Three documents were approved by Council at their meeting on 15 April 2019.
They provide a basis for a rolling action plan over the period 2020 to 2030.
Council agreed in April 2019 that it would be desirable to maintain an updated database of information on club membership and facilities along the lines of the information provided in the Background Research Report. This will support forward planning by clubs and Croquet Victoria.
To achieve this, clubs are being asked to update club infrastructure data in January each year, starting in 2020. A link to club data is available for each club via their Manage Your Club page. Data collection for 2020 is now complete with 100% of clubs participating - most useful and a much appreciated result.
The Infrastructure Plan project gives us a plan for
It will also support work on existing facilities, tackling improvements needed in