Open day chance to try cro­quet

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By LIN FER­GU­SON

Cro­quet is an ideal game for peo­ple want­ing out­door ex­er­cise, fit­ness, flex­i­bil­ity, friend­ship and fun.

That’s the firm be­lief of Whanganui Cro­quet Club spokes­woman Velga Co­ley.

“We have a lovely time at the club and it’s great ex­er­cise as well.”

How­ever, she said ac­quir­ing some new mem­bers would be good.

“We’d love to at­tract some new peo­ple into the club.”

The club is at 11 Par­sons St in St John’s Hill — a great lo­ca­tion and one which of­fers a large flat grass court, com­fort­able club­house and pic­turesque views over the city.

Velga reck­ons it’s a wel­com­ing and warm-hearted club and said cro­quet is not just for se­niors — “We’ve al­ways had a mix and young and older.”

And it is a sport that caters for those of dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties be­cause there is a hand­i­cap sys­tem.

“So men and women can com­pete on equal terms and play against each other.”

It is also an af­ford­able sport for every­one with first year fees cost­ing $170. The only equip­ment re­quired is a mal­let which are priced from $100.

“The club has spare mal­lets for new mem­bers to use and the only dress re­quire­ment is flat­soled shoes.”

■ There is an open day for prospec­tive new play­ers to­mor­row — Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 — start­ing at 10.30am till 12 noon.

“We would love to see new peo­ple come along,” said Velga.

Whanganui Cro­quet Club’s an­nual golf cro­quet tour­na­ment ear­lier this year.

Plas­tic waste for re­cy­cling at Whanganui Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre.

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