Croquet World Championships to be held in Britain for the first time since 2011 and it’s sparked a new interest in the Victorian game
People young and old are being given the chance to try out the traditional game of croquet in the lead up to the 2019 WCF Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship this summer.
Lead sponsors Simon Carter, a British clothing label, says that the sport of croquet is being enjoyed by a wave of younger enthusiasts. Especially as this year’s British team will be led by its youngest ever team captain – 24-year-old J.P. Moberly.
And so the menswear brand is urging all croquet newcomers to give the game a go for free at one of over 200 local clubs across the UK on National Croquet Day – May 12, 2019.
On this day croquet clubs around the country will open their doors to people of all ages in a bid to reveal the contemporary side of a sport which in the mid-19th Century was more popular than tennis. All equipment and access to croquet lawns will be provided free of charge on National Croquet Day with croquet club members on hand to provide expert advice.
“As a passionate player of the game, I want to share my love of croquet with the wider world,” says Simon Carter, founder of the eponymous menswear brand.
“The game is undergoing a surge in popularity especially among the young. May 12 is National Croquet Day so turn up at your nearest club and give it a go.
“I am delighted to be the main sponsor for the 2019 Croquet World Championships. This is an excellent opportunity to show what an exciting, skilful and engaging game this is and to overturn many people’s preconceptions.”
Croquet was a popular game played on a lawn with wooden bats and balls. The object of the game is to pass a ball through a hoop in the ground.
The WCF Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship runs from Saturday July 27 to Sunday August 4 at the Sussex County Croquet Club in West Sussex with 74 players competing from 18 nations.
To find out the location of your local croquet club click here.