Australians are rediscovering the wonderful social and physical benefits of croquet. This fun outdoor sport provides exercise for all ages and a great chance to socialise
More and more Australians are discovering the wonderful social and physical benefits that croquet has to offer.
It’s a fun and stimulating outdoor activity for all levels of ability and mobility that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness. Older than the game of tennis, croquet originated in Victorian England with early championships held at Wimbledon on what have become the tennis courts of today.
A singles or doubles game played on lawn, the objective is to hit a sequence of coloured balls through hoops before your opponent. Its various forms allow croquet to be played as a casual pastime, or a more tactical, competitive game. The time commitment and how serious you want to be is completely up to you.
The most common version of the game is Association Croquet, often played by the purists among competition players. However, according to Susan Linge from Croquet Australia, the shorter, simpler adaptation called Golf Croquet is the perfect introduction for newcomers.
“Golf croquet is popular as it’s the more socially engaging form of the sport,” says Susan. “The beauty is you can make it as social or competitive as you want, play for as long as you want, and get as much exercise as you want at the same time.”
A typical game takes between 30 minutes to an hour; all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes and a willingness to try something new. Rules are easy to learn and clubs will provide all the coaching and equipment necessary.
If you’re interested, visit the Croquet Australia website which has links to its affiliated state associations. Each member website has a full list of clubs located in metropolitan and regional areas. Most clubs have regular 'Come Try' open days, so why not connect with your local club and give Croquet a go!
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