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SouthWest Croquet Academy
Westfield Close
Budleigh Salterton

Dr. Stephen Custance-Baker

Lead Croquet Coach (SC & GC)

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Stephen Custance-Baker to the Coaching team at SWCA.  

Last year, Stephen’s Golf Croquet and Short Croquet coaching courses at the SWCA were tremendously successful, with every course being full.  Recognition for Stephen’s GC talents came when he was selected for the CA’s International Player Development Squad and was selected in the 2018 Over 50’s GC World Championship.

Stephen has played Garden Croquet from childhood but only joined a club (Taunton Deane) and started to play competitive Association Croquet as a 14 handicap in 2009. He started playing Golf Croquet in 2011 as a 7 handicap and played for the club in both AC and GC teams. He is now a -2 handicap at GC  (0 at AC and  2P at Short Croquet).

His coaching started almost as soon as he joined the club where he assisted in guiding the higher handicappers in basic skills and tactics. He has coached AC and GC since then during the club’s turn-up sessions, in a special beginner’s course and at AC High Handicappers’ sessions. He gained his Club Coach qualification in March 2015, followed by the GC Grade 1 and GC Referee’s qualifications. In 2016 he added the AC Referee’s qualification and in 2017 the AC Grade 1 and GC Grade 2 Coaching badges. In 2018, Stephen was appointed a CA Handicapper.

Since 2017 Stephen has been leading GC Development pods at Taunton Deane, and these continue in 2019. The material for these pods is largely taken from his three coaching manuals on Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced GC tactics.

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