International Licences Reminder

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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.

A Thank You From Moffat PC

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On Saturday 23rd July, Colin Stewart and Colin Montgomery travelled to Moffat to give our newest club members a session on basic petanque technique.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

“Dear Colin

I would like to thank both you and Colin Montgomery for coming to Moffat on Saturday to teach the members of Moffat Pétanque Club the elementary techniques of playing. All eighteen members who were there said how useful the morning had been and how grateful they are to you for giving up so much time for them. You have left us with a lot to practise but also with some ways of improving our ability and ways to work on our techniques.

Once we have had some time to work on your advice perhaps we might invite you to return to see what progress we have made, perhaps with a friendly game to sharpen the concentration!

Should any other new club be hesitating to seek your help, I would suggest they swallow their pride and take advantage of this excellent service the Scottish Pétanque Association provides.

Thanks again.
John Holden
Secretary, Moffat Pétanque Club”

In return, the two Colins would like to thank Moffat for their hard work, they really have ‘hit the ground running’ and we are delighted with the progress they have made in such a short time.  We wish them every success and the SPA will always be on hand to assist.  And a very big thank you to the Moffat PC Committee members who treated us both to delicious lunch.

A reminder to all clubs, if you have some new members who could do with some coaching, or if you are an old hand but  have fallen into some bad habits (!) or want to improve the SPA can help.  We offer sessions to anyone who wants them.  If you are interested please get in touch and we’ll send a coach or two to help you.

SPA Welcomes Melrose and Moffat

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The SPA is delighted to welcome two new petanque clubs in 2016.  Melrose PC are based at Kingsknowe Hotel, between Galashiels and Melrose in the Scottish Borders.  Moffat PC are based in Station Park in Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway.

This brings the total number of SPA affiliated clubs to 11 and it is very encouraging to know that petanque is finding its way into new areas.  We wish both clubs every success and we look forward to being of assistance to them where ever we can.

Ayrshire Open and GP3 Arrangements

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This weekend we return to Troon PC:

Saturday 18 June: Ayrshire Open (Triples) – £3 per adult player – free for school age youngsters.  Register 1.30 for 2.00 start.

Sunday 19 June: SPA Grand Prix 3 (Triples – qualifier) – £6 per player.  Register 9.00 – 9.15 for 9.30 sharp start.  Sausage rolls and hot drinks available from 8.30 – £1.50.  Baked potatoes and various fillings for lunch – £3.50

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