Campaign for Real Conkers
Against bans on conker playing
Press Release October 11th Contact Keith Flett, 07803 167266
Campaigners boycott Conker World Championships
The Campaign for Real Conkers, the group that opposes bans on conker playing, has said that it is again boycotting the Conker World Championships held on Sunday in Northamptonshire and urging people simply to play a game of conkers where ever they are and with whoever they like.
The Campaigners say that while the World Championships are fun and raise money for charity the idea that conkers is mainly a spectator sport is fundamentally wrong and is killing the game at the grassroots.
Campaign organiser Keith Flett said, the whole point of conkers is, or should be, that it is an informal, play where and how you like type activity, not something with lots of rules and regulations
CFRC Guide to conker playing
1 choose your conker. It’s up to you. Select several from a nearby conker tree
2 check your conker for game readiness. If it can be squeezed between finger and thumb so it indents, as you would an avocado, discard it.
3 Look for a conker with particularly hard or sharp edges
4 Once selected you can leave your conker as organic or you may bake it or soak it in vinegar. Methods of doing this vary. You may wish to check with any conker players you know for local traditions which are a central part of the game.
5 thread your conker with twine by making a hole in it. Use a hammer and nail to do this. If the conker cracks, discard it
6 You are ready to play; play with who you like, and wherever you like.
7 During the game anything goes but players take it in turns to take aim at their opponent’s conker
8 The winner is declared when an opponent’s conker is splintered and no longer game ready
- The Campaign for Real Conkers promotes free for all conker playing across the UK an alternative event to the World Conker Championships on Sunday October 11th where it encourages people to have a go at playing conkers without the need for rules, regulations and teams.
Notes for Editors
- The CFRC believes that conkers is one of the few sports that can be played for free. All that is required is a conker and some string.
- It is opposed to championships, rules, regulations and commercial sponsorship.
- It seeks to encourage young people to play conkers. It should not be the preserve purely of those of mature years