Welcome to Ashby Croquet Club

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, it is not currently possible for us to run the usual turn-up-and-play club sessions.

However, the lawns are now open to club members for pre-booked games following strict guidelines whilst maintaining social distancing. The limit is a maximum of 6 players per lawn, and the lawns should be pre-booked using the Lawn Booking system. Further details are in this news item.

(Updated 28/03/21)

About the Club

Ashby Croquet Club is based within the sports grounds of Moira Miners’ Welfare Sports & Social Club.

Our main season runs from April to October, and membership is open to people of any age. We have around fifty members, and new recruits are always welcome.  All members have the use of our equipment as well as access to coaching from our more experienced players.

For both formats of the game (see more details below), there are internal events and regional and national leagues and tournaments for those who wish to play competitively. These cater for all levels of player from beginner to expert.

Interested in playing?

Before deciding whether to join the club, prospective members are welcome to try the game. See our Introductory Sessions section for details, and contact us if you want more information.

Croquet is one of the finest outdoor sports. It is a friendly game combining ball skills as well as tactics, it’s relatively easy to understand, and it’s fun to play.

We are always pleased to receive new members, of any age or level of experience from beginner to advanced. If you are an experienced club or match player, please browse this website to learn more about the club and how to get in touch.

If you are thinking of taking up croquet from scratch, please keep reading this section for a brief introduction to the game and its benefits.

Why play croquet?

Croquet is an enjoyable, sociable game that can be played by people of any age and of either sex.

There are two principal forms of the game – Association Croquet and Golf Croquet.

Association Croquet is a game of complex strategy and high levels of skill, and is similar in many ways to games like snooker or pool.

Golf Croquet is quick to learn, but requires accuracy and tactics to master.

Both forms of the game may be played as singles or doubles and many people enjoy playing both, as skills learned in one form of the game may be applied to the other.

Croquet’s effective handicap system recognises smart thinking as much as physical skill, so everyone has a good chance of winning.

As with any game, the best players probably start young, but many take it up after retiring from more energetic pursuits. It can be as skilful as you want it to be – advanced players can take it very seriously, but most club members probably see it as a relaxing and friendly way of passing an afternoon.