Published 03/05/20 – Essex County Standard & Sister newspapers.
Colchester Croquet Club Chairman Dr. Nick Steiner was almost in a lyrical mood when the Lexden based club was able to reopen the sporting facility last week following the Lockdown process. Having visited the Club grounds for a practise session in glorious sunshine Nick exclaimed that the setting provided ‘perfect relaxation for Club members’
The Club has benefitted from the Government guidance on the easing of restrictions on some sports. Croquet is a perfect ‘social distancing sport’, a court is usually larger than a tennis court, so playing against a member of your own household, or one other person outside your household, is no problem at all, so states a CA spokesperson.
Croquet is enjoyed by some 8,000 individuals who are members of some 212 member clubs nationwide.
The CA spokesperson added ‘Members are rushing to book lawn time amid mounting excitement at being able to return to this fun, challenging and mentally engaging sport’.
Colchester Croquet Club have had to introduce some new rules to ensure social distancing, although close contact is not prevalent normally. Singles games only no doubles games, gloves to be worn at all times and all games to be reserved via the Clubs online Booking system. A sanitising regime is also in place and the catering function withdrawn. Singles Competitions will only be organised during this year.