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30.06.2006 Alter: 11 Jahre Lighting the fire of Association Croquet (en)

VON: JÖRN VINNEN







Pictures from Sven-Olaf Jung

Earlier this month, fourteen participants from as far as Berlin and the Westerwald (450 km distant) found their way to the three privately owned lawns of the Oldenburger Croquetfreunde at Ellens close to Wilhelmshaven , Germany to attend an Association Croquet Coaching Course.
Most of the players had experience in Golf Croquet though only a few ever played Association; a fact that was due to change during the weekend to come.
It was world class player, Colin Irwin, who most generously spent three days of his time at Ellens and the WCF that helped to sponsor the project through the WCF Development Programme.

Although the concepts of Association Croquet were not always easy to grasp, it was fun to come & to play, especially since each of the players was highly motivated and eager to learn. All the players were excited to try to play a break themselves. Blue sky, 25 C, carefully prepared lawns, good food and drink and an excellent dinner in the nearby hotel Friesische Wehde added to the demanding but very patient coaching experience that Colin provided to the future Association Croquet Champions.
All the players found it helpful that Colin spoke German throughout the weekend and by the end of Sunday, the participants started to believe Colin when repeating over and over: "If you do all the shots correctly there is not a single difficult shot - it's easy !"

Coaching and practise went on until sunset, and the good mood, food and drink also played a part. As usual at Ellens, this was provided by Dr. Frank Rothe and his wife Claudia and the Saturday evening ended with a delicious dinner for all who had worked so hard all day long.
After a short-tournament on Sunday the coaching ended on Sunday evening with all players getting a nice handcrafted certificate of participation.
Everybody went home, hungry for more, and it is to hope that the fruits of this coaching will be seen soon on the national level. All participants, as well as Deutscher Krocket Bund thank Colin, Dr. Rothe and his team and the WCF Development Programme for their enormous efforts.

It’s a busy time for the Deutscher Krocket Bund.
Next weekend the German AC Championships are played in Schifferstadt and on 21/23rd July there is fully booked International German Open GC in Hamburg with players from 3 continents.
On 2-3rd September, Germany play a test match against Sweden in Hamburg , whilst in May 2007, the Czech-Morovian CA will play a challenge match.