Government help available for clubs
The Victorian State Government has just announced a package of help for sporting associations at every level, from state bodies to local community clubs.
Individual clubs whose finances are impacted by the Corona epidemic can apply for up to $1000 to help with fixed costs, so they can get back to their sport.
Applications are open now and will close on 15 June, or sooner if the money allocated is exhausted. See
Consult the Secretary, Croquet Victoria, if you need help filling in the online application form.
Returning to croquet
Good news for croquet players.
Croquet Victoria has just learnt we are now empowered to provide clubs with guidelines for returning to croquet. These have been emailed to clubs and posted on the website.
Provided you follow the guidelines, and subject to guidance from your local authority, you can start playing again socially in small groups.
Croquet Victoria will still be submitting these guidelines to Sport and Recreation Victoria for feedback, which may mean some changes. If so, we will announce the changes here and email clubs.
One change which has already been made: please wash balls with mild detergent and water, as anything else may damage them. Thanks to Paul Manwaring of the Australian Croquet Company for this advice.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-05-26
News Type: General
All World Croquet events postponed a year
The World Croquet Federation has just announced that all WCF events will be postponed by one year.
They hope that this will allow the COVID-19 pandemic situation to stabilise.
Revised dates are approximate - they will be finalised after discussion with the various event hosts.
Immediate changes affecting Australia are:
Local authorities funded for community sports projects
Clubs with a shovel-ready infrastructure project for a sports facility upgrade should contact their local government authority with the detail.
The Victorian State Government has just confirmed that $68 million from the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works stimulus package will be allocated to fast-track community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria – creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
From Monday, 1 June, local councils and alpine resort boards, with the support of local sporting bodies, will be able to apply for funding of up to $10 million for shovel-ready projects.
Returning to croquet - updated guidelines
More good news for Victorian croquet players.
Players can now return to the courts as long as no more than 20 people are playing and social distancing is observed. Club houses are also open, subject to a maximum of 4m2 per person. Use of kitchens is subject to guidance from your local government authority.
For detail, see Croquet Victoria's guidelines, which are kept updated with the most recent requirements, and circulated to clubs. Please check these guidelines! Sport and Recreation Victoria asks that clubs do not contact them direct.