If you're looking for a new outdoor sport to try, why not consider croquet? Although it has a reputation as a 'toff's' game or a pastime for older folk, the truth is quite different. The England croquet captain is in their mid-20s and the current world champion is under 40. It's also one of the few sports in which men and women can play alongside and against each other on an equal footing What's more, there's a croquet club not far from Sedgefield. The Auckland Chilton Croquet Club is located at the Miners' Welfare Recreation Ground in Chilton (behind the Jet petrol station off the A167 roundabout) and the club is keen to welcome new players.
Croquet offers gentle exercise in a pleasant setting, with plenty of fresh air and healthy competition in a friendly atmosphere. You can learn as you play – it's not a difficult game to grasp, although there are skills and strategies to be learned as you develop your game.
It's worth noting that in the past, croquet has been proven to aid in the rehabilitation of stroke victims and it could be an ideal sport for those recovering from long COVID.
Auckland Chilton Croquet Club practices on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 2:00pm until around 4:30pm. You can pay as you play on a daily basis and your first session is free, as is use of the club's equipment.
Give the club a call on 07835 103332 or just turn up on the day. All you need is a pair of flat shoes, protective gloves, and a waterproof jacket (just in case!).