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Croquet is a sport with a long history, but it also has a bright future, Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club life member Ethel Johnston says.

The Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club is holding a series of “have a go” days over the next two weeks.

It follows on from the success of last year’s series, when 19 adults and nine school pupils came to try out croquet.

“The popularity of this exciting and tactical sport has undergone a much deserved resurgence in recent years,” Johnston said.

“By playing croquet you get a blend of mental and physical excursion. It is exercise of the brain and body while having fun.

“There are many of us who don’t play heavy contact sport as it’s not our thing – we need to find a way to keep active.”

The club had about 60 members of all ages and while there was the opportunity to compete against other clubs, others played leisurely, she said.

The Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club “have a go” days are being held on August 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26 , from 10am to 4pm. Club coaches will be there to help newcomers.