About the Club
Liverpool Croquet Club was set up to provide facilities for playing the game, and a competitive and social environment for players of all ages and abilities.
The club is located in Sefton Park, at the Mersey Bowmen Tennis Club, near Lark Lane and Livingstone Drive North - click here for interactive map of how to find us.
The club is a member of both the Croquet Association and the North West Federation of Croquet Clubs. The Federation now has 20 member clubs, and it organises leagues throughout the region, from North Wales up to Cumbria. Leagues cater for all standards, from beginner to expert.
We currently have two full-sized lawns, renovated from what used to be championship grass tennis courts. There is room for at least another two lawns, and work is underway to bring those into use.
Alongside the lawns are the tennis courts of the Mersey Bowmen. The club was founded in 1781 for archery, and was one of the first clubs to adopt the new game of tennis in 1872. After Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society, the Bowmen is the second oldest surviving tennis club in the world. As a sports club, the Mersey Bowmen predates almost everyone, including the Marylebone Cricket Club, Wimbledon and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs.
The Bowmen's clubhouse dates from the construction of Sefton Park, and is almost certainly the world's first purpose built tennis clubhouse. Croquet shares the facilities with tennis, and Sport England have recognised the need to upgrade our facilities; the building has just been gutted and renovated to suit our 21st century needs. Between the two sports, we now have a programme of social and sporting events throughout the year.