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Grass Clippings - CroquetDespite a rise in the sport's popularity, most players will have disappeared from the UK in just 22 years

Commonly perceived as a sport for the elderly, croquet has seen a growth in popularity in the last few years. But now there are fears the sport could die out by 2037 if the numbers continue to fall.

Despite a rise in the number of players and a growth in croquet clubs, the latest poll has found the average player is aged 68, and most will have disappeared from the UK in just 22 years.

The quintessentially British sport is believed to date back to 1856, when the rules of the game were registered with the Stationers' Company in London.

In 1868 the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was formed, better known as Wimbledon today. 

The sport was hugely popular, but a decade later tennis had over taken it. Now, the sport appears to be seeing a renaissance, with 7,000 people playing in clubs this year - up from 4,500 in 2006.

According to the Croquet Association, the number of clubs has risen to 201 around the country from 142 in 2007.

Read more on The Telegraph

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