Course leaders 2023


Alan Locket brings to the Academy a successful professional track record as a teacher and lecturer as well as extensive experience of croquet coaching. He is a CA AC Referee, a CA AC Handicapper and a CA Grade 1 AC Coach.

‘Spot-on in approach – a fantastic day!’ … ‘Another excellent course from the Northern Academy’


Cliff Jones directs Croquet Quest. He is a member of the CA Coaching Committee, a CA Handicapper in both AC and GC, a Referee and Examining Referee in both AC and GC, an Examining Coach, a GC Coach and a CA Grade 3 AC Coach.

Excellent’ … ‘Very well prepared and delivered’ … ‘Cliff’s style of delivery and advice is wonderful’


James Hawkins is the author of the classic textbook Complete Croquet. He is a member of the CA Development Committee, holds CA qualifications in refereeing, handicapping and tournament management, and is a CA Grade 3 AC Coach.

‘Very enjoyable’ … ‘Well managed and structured’ … A very good day’

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John Crossland, Sheffield CC, is a CA GC Referee, Examining Referee and Championship Referee, and Handicapping Officer for Yorkshire. He is a CA grade 1 AC Coach and Examining Coach and a Grade 2 Senior Golf Croquet Coach.

‘Excellent course with excellent coaching’ … ‘Well arranged and methodical’ … ‘Lots of personal help and feedback’

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John Harris is the co-ordinator of the Northern Academy.  He is Chair of the CA Coaching Committee, has served on the CA Development Committee, and is a Grade 1 AC Coach.  The Croquet Gazette has published several of his articles on the history of the game.

‘Perfect’ … ‘Coaching was imaginative, approachable and helpful’ … ‘It couldn’t have been better. Brilliant!’


Our newest addition to the Northern Academy team… Mary brings to the Academy not only a strong and successful career in education but also tournament experience at all levels including representing the CA, and extensive experience of coaching at all levels of the game.

‘Excellent – really helpful and patient. I learned a huge amount.


Roger Staples has a wide background in CA responsibilities, including currently being a member of the CA Executive Board, a member of the CA Development Committee, and Chair of the CA AC Laws Committee. He is a CA Grade 2 AC Coach and Examining Coach.

‘The coaches kept our interest throughout with a mix of practical and study material’