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SouthWest Croquet Academy
Westfield Close
Budleigh Salterton

Sarah Hayes

Lead Coach and Chair of CA Coaching

Sarah is currently Chair of the Coaching Committee for the CA.

Sarah says she discovered this “maddening game” during a Sports for All event where anyone could just turn up and have a go at something new …. that was around 20 years ago and she is still learning new things and is just as much intrigued as she ever was.  She says that her knees were creaking and no longer enjoyed being thrown around the Astroturf hockey pitch and – as there are no zimmer framed netball players – it certainly was time to try something gentler! …. how wrong was she? Tournaments playing 12 hour days; matches lasting 9 hours; scorching sun and pouring rain ….but she  wouldn’t change a moment.

Sarah has been very fortunate in having had a great coach and her handicap quickly reduced to minus something. Belonging to the Jersey Croquet Club meant there was a lot of travelling around for International matches. She has met some great folk from around Europe and beyond having played in Cape Town, Cairo and USA as well as most European destinations.

Presently ranked within the World Top 100 and just about “clinging on by the skin of my teeth” to a Minus 2 handicap she really enjoys simply turning up to play, chatting with old chums and generally having a good time.

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