VICTORIAN CROQUET RESPONDS TO CORONA VIRUS
At the meeting of the Croquet Victoria Committee of Management on 17 March, it was agreed that in the interests of members' health and to support "smoothing the curve" in the spread of the Corona virus:
Following more stringent isolation advice from the Government, clubs generally have now cancelled tournaments and competitions and closed their premises completely. Croquet Victoria supports this approach.
Tight competition for Croquet Vic Silver and Bronze Medals
Croquet Victoria turned on a great weekend of excellent courts, fine weather and very, very competitive play for the Victorian AC Silver and Bronze Medals.
Although not at the level of the past few weeks of World Championships nevertheless the results in both events went right to the last few minutes of the last round. Tight indeed.
Posted by: Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt
Posted on: 2020-04-17
News Type: General
Croquet Victoria makes hard call
At a special meeting, held online on 11 April, the Croquet Victoria Council decided that its financial situation is such that it can no longer afford to pay its staff and maintain the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea. Staff costs and the costs of maintaining the building exceed present and projected income. To balance the books, now and in the future, would require selling shares, which would continuously erode our investment base.
Staff have now been advised that they have been declared redundant. Council agreed unanimously to express their appreciation to them for their work over the years and to thank them for their contribution to Croquet Victoria.
The Croquet Centre is in any case closed down due to the Corona virus, and it is to be mothballed for the time being. Its future will be decided by a General Meeting of the delegates of the thirteen Regional Associations.
Croquet Victoria has not gone broke. We still have investments, though their value has declined in the current Corona-virus situation - as at 31 March they were valued at around $3.5m.
What does this decision mean?
When the Corona virus lockdown is over, croquet in Victoria will resume, hopefully better and stronger than it ever was.
This is already a difficult time for all members. For everyone who has enjoyed playing on the courts at Cairnlea, this decision is a blow. However, subject to the decision of the members (the Regional Associations), Council’s decisions could open up new possibilities for the future of croquet.
We are already in the midst of developing our strategic plan for 2021 to 2025, and preparing a business plan aligned to it. At the end of the process of decision-making about VCC, new options are likely to emerge for the later years of the plan.
If we no longer have to fund staff and the VCC, we will have investments which generate resources which can be used to support development of croquet across the Croquet Victoria area. The energy and attention that have been poured into sustaining Cairnlea can be diverted to support and assist clubs.
Information about the new strategic plan as it develops is available on https://croquetvic.asn.au/PlanningForCroquet.
UPDATE: Coming out of isolation
Croquet Victoria is waiting on advice from government on the approach to be taken by croquet as we all begin to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown.
In NSW, croquet clubs are already beginning to return to the court, in some cases with the restriction that players aged 70 and over are to stay at home.
In Victoria, we are waiting on a Government announcement to advise what will be possible when the current state of emergency ends on 11 May.
Steps back to the courts
The Premier has just announced that as from Wednesday 13 May 2020 (midnight on Tuesday 12 May 2020) restrictions on community sport will be relaxed.
Sport and Recreation Victoria has asked State Sporting Associations to prepare guidelines for their clubs on how to manage within the restrictions which still apply. They want to see the guidelines before they are sent out.
Croquet Victoria has just submitted its draft guidelines, using the national Rebooting Sport framework provided by Sport Australia and local State requirements as spelt out by the Department of Health and Human Services.