Celtic Challenge

Details regarding the Celtic Challenge have now been published and can be found here.

Players are asked to note that we will be operating time limited games and should familiarise themselves with the rules we will be using (some of which are different from the timed game rules normally used in our own competitions). You can view the rules here.

We look forward to welcoming our Irish and Welsh friends to Edinburgh at the end of this month.

Inverleith Win EuroCup Qualifier

Inverleith PC went head-to-head with Fochabers PC on Sunday 2nd April at Perth PC’s terrain to decide which club would take Scotland’s place in the 2017 EuroCup for clubs. The qualifier followed the format of one EuroCup match, with 6 Singles games, 3 Doubles and 2 Triples.  2 Match Points were awarded for a Singles win, 3 for Doubles and 5 for Triples.  The winning club would be the one who accumulated the most Match Points.

The Singles matches were shared at 3 wins each, meaning the match was tied after the first round:


Inverleith won 2 out of the 3 Doubles matches, meaning they took a 3 point lead into the Triples round:


The triples were a tense affair and, with Fochabers winning the first of the Triples games 13-6, it all came down to the final match.  The Inverleith triple of Mags, Monty and Matt overcame a strong start by Fochabers’ Lynn, Shirley and Alec to take the win 13-11.  Leaving the final score Fochabers 14 Inverleith 17.


Inverleith now wait for the draw to determine where they will travel to and who their opponents will be for the EuroCup Qualifying Round in July.  Many congratulations to Inverleith and commiserations to Fochabers for coming so close.

Inverleith PC - Scotland's EuroCup team 2017
Inverleith PC – Scotland’s EuroCup team 2017

International Licences Reminder

We’d like to remind members that, in order to compete in SPA competitions in 2017, you will need to be in possession of a new SPA licence (the new credit card design) and this must be produced at registration for each competition.  It takes around 4 weeks from your application to receive your new licence.  With this in mind, we suggest you apply for your licence no later than Sunday 12th March to ensure you have your licence in time.

Licences can only be issued to those who are either members of a SPA affiliated club or who have paid an individual SPA membership fee.

You can apply for your licence by clicking on the link in the ‘quick links’ section to the right of this page.  Please don’t leave it too late.

New Rules

The FIPJP has issued a revised set of rules for petanque.  You can find them here.   The new rules come into effect from 1 January 2017 and we would urge all members to familiarise themselves with them before the start of the new season.  The Scottish Petanque Association will issue competition and qualifier specific rules as necessary in due course.

New SPA Licence Application Process

The SPA has decided to adopt a new system issuing and renewing petanque licences and this is now in effect for 2017 licences. To remind you, you need an SPA licence to play in SPA competitions, as well as any overseas competitions where an international licence is required. The benefit of the new system is that you will receive a high quality, waterproof credit card type licence.

The process to apply for your new 2017 licence is very straightforward. Click on the link below and click on the Join Us/Renew button.


You will need to complete the application form and you will need to have a digital photograph already stored on your computer to upload into the database (which is suitable for ID purposes, i.e. a photograph of your head and shoulders, looking square on, with a neutral background). We may ask you to send a different photograph if the one you upload isn’t suitable.

Once your application is complete and approved, we will arrange for the new licence to be delivered. It takes around 3-4 weeks and it will be sent directly to you at your home address. The new licences will be valid from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017.

There is no cost for your first licence each year, but if you lose it and require a replacement, there will be a charge of £5.

You will be invited to renew your licence around 28 days before expiry of your current one (i.e. in early December each year). All you need to do is check your details remain the same and renew, or edit those details which have changed.

If you have any difficulty using the system please do let me know.

Kind regards

Colin Stewart
Scottish Petanque Association

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