It’s with a heavy heart we write to remember our dear friend Anne Gardiner who passed away on Thursday the 7th December at Ayr Hospice. Anne has been a valued member of the Scottish Petanque Association for a long time and started playing with her beloved Robin. Anne continued to play throughout her battle with cancer, attending every competition she could, with her last competition being a charity event at Troon Petanque Club 2 weeks ago which saw her raise £600.
Anne’s smile, courage, determination, happy nature, amazing baking skills and love for life will be missed on the Petanque scene by each and every one of us.
Anne’s celebration of life will be held at West Lothian Crematorium on Friday the 15th of December at 2pm.
The SPA’s Annual General Meeting was held in Perth PC’s Clubhouse on Sunday 29 October. The following individuals were elected to the National Executive Committee:
President: Colin Stewart
Vice President: Shirley Legge
Honorary Secretary: Lynn Jenkins
Honorary Treasurer: Gordon Scott
Publicity Officer: Shirley Legge
National Umpire: Mags Montgomery
National Coach: Derek Adam
Youth Development Officer: Emma Montgomery
Committee Members: Colin Montgomery, Peter Harrington, Paul Gillam, Carol Cheam, Michael Rennie, Istvan Poka, Sandy Crawford
A motion was passed at the AGM asking the NEC to consider the current club affiliation fees formula. As a result the NEC have commenced a detailed review of our affiliation fee structure. To ensure we have a good understanding of the views of our members, we have written to each of our affiliated clubs today to ask for their input, prior to making any recommendations. The aim is to complete the review by the end of December.
Melrose Gala Petanque Club are hosting the SPA Triples on Sunday 27th August at their home piste at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels.
Registration is 9.00 – 9.15 and play will commence at 9.30. Entry £6 per player and teams of 3 or 4 players can enter.
The club have arranged for a light lunch to be provided at a cost of £6.50 per head. So they are able to plan catering etc, if you intend coming to the competition and have not already done so, please contact Peter Harrington by email as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that for National Competitions such as this, teams are required to wear matching tops and to present their SPA licence at registration. Those who have applied for a licence but not yet received should inform the person manning the registration table.
Good luck to Inverleith PC who travel this week to Draguinan, France for the EuroCup Qualifying Round which starts this Thursday. Their opponents will be the club champions from France, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The top 2 teams from the round robin qualifier will play in the EuroCup Finals later in the year.
Inverleith PC and Fochabers PC will contest the EuroCup qualifier on 2nd April at Perth. The winning club will represent Scotland in this year’s EuroCup, the first round of which will be played in July.
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.
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