Take off your shoes, share good company, relax and have a swing at a game of barefoot croquet at Bundaberg Croquet Club.
The new initiative is aimed to draw more members, local groups and general interest to Bundaberg Croquet Club.
Bundaberg Croquet Club committee member Troy McCallum said the local sporting organisation would celebrate its 121st birthday this year and with currently only 23 members they were hoping to attract a new generation of croquet devotees.
Croquet is a game of strategy and appeals to younger people once they have given it ago; Troy said he is hoping by introducing barefoot croquet club membership would increase.
“We are always looking for new members,” Troy said.
“That’s why I thought barefoot croquet could be a drawcard to the fun side of things and help attract young people.
“The trouble with our sport is that people think croquet is only for old people, but it’s really not.
“We want to bring the fun back to croquet.”
Troy said it barefoot croquet would be like the commonly known barefoot bowls and played in a relaxed atmosphere with non-traditional guidelines.
“Participants don’t have to wear whites,” he said.
“It’s open to families, all abilities and groups – anyone would who like to have some fun.”
As Bundaberg Croquet Club promotions officer, Troy said they were also trying to promote the club’s availability to be hire by local groups, which in return would raise money for the organisation.
“We can cater for groups, whether it’s wedding parties – hens and bucks nights, high school groups, or social gatherings, the club can be hired,” Troy said.
“This is a way for us to raise money that will then go back into the club.
“We have social nights each Friday night, opening at 4.30pm and starting from 5pm, we have a sausage sizzle and finish by 8pm.
“It’s open to any age, families and abilities as we cater for NDIS also.
“I say don’t hold back, just give it ago.”
Troy said plans were now in the pipeline to set a date for the first barefoot croquet event and he hoped community members, both young and old, would reach out and show their interest.
For more information check out Bundaberg Croquet Club's Facebook page or phone Troy 0490 699 896 or Del 0428 521 146.
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