CASSAC LTC's History and Memorabilia
Croydon Adult School, Social and Athletic Club (CASSAC) was founded circa 1880 by Quakers.
The Adult School was part of the Victorian era's motivation towards self help with evening classes and practical work. The Athletic Club reflected the social and sporting inclination of the participants. It probably only included cricket and football at first.
The functioning of the Adult School declined after/during both world wars and with the massive growth of state sponsored technical education, but the sports club carried on.
The owners of Lloyd Park, then a private estate, had Quaker connections and let the School use their grounds. Colonel Frank Lloyd when bequeathing this area to Croydon Corporation to be kept as a recreation area, made a special request that a certain part of this area be leased at a "peppercorn" rent (5 pence a year) to CASSAC for sports use.
For many years CASSAC was a truly composite club with a single membership for all sports, but by 1964 it had clearly assumed a more federal nature with a collection of independent sporting groups all sharing the clubhouse under the CASSAC umbrella. Various sporting groups in Croydon have been part of CASSAC: Croydon Lacrosse Club, Striders of Croydon, Centurians Cricket Club, Builder's Arms CC, Granville Cricket Club, CASSAC Badminton Club (relocated), CASSAC Bowling Club (now independent), Croydon Korfball Club, Running Sisters and some junior football clubs, who now use the park independently.
The original tennis clubhouse was pulled down in 1964 and the club used a council owned building. in 1968 a bar licence was obtained and all sections share its use, but in 2010 it was not able to take on the new pavilion as planned as more sections and volunteers were needed to take it on.
CASSAC as a whole has organized sport for over 250 members, and is run as a non-profit organization charging minimum subscriptions. CASSAC now remains as a Tennis club only and the only land to its name are the tennis courts.
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