Players please note that the venue for Grand Prix 1 on 23 April has been moved to Inverleith PC. It was originally to be hosted by Melrose Gala PC.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Grand Prix 2 will be held at Perth PC on Sunday 15 May. Registration is 09.00 to 09.15 for 09.30 sharp start. Tea/coffee/croissants will be available at registration. Please bring your own lunch.
For all Perth open competitions this year, registration will be from 10.00am for 10.30 start. Please bring your own lunch.
SPA Grand Prix I is on Sunday 17 April and the hosts are Fochabers Petanque Club. Registration will run from 09.00-09.15AM for a 09.30AM start. The club will have tea / coffee / cake available all day and will have options for lunch.
The host club will also run their “Spring Fling” on the Saturday afternoon. Registration at 1.00pm for a 01.30pm start. Format dependant on numbers & weather.
Troon PC have released details of their 2016 open competitions. These are now available to view in the Calendar.
Perth PC have released the dates for their 2016 open competitions. See calendar for details.