New Year Competitions Results

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Fochabers PC, Birds & Bees PC, Troon PC and Inverleith PC all held competitions over the New Year period:

 

John Wilson won at Fochabers on New Year’s Day

Christine Thomson and Douglas Hamilton won at the Bees on the 2nd

John Hart, Bill Taylor and Robin Gardiner won the Brass Monkey Trophy at the Frostbite Follies at Troon on the 2nd

Mags Montgomery and Art Ager won at Inverleith on the 6th

Penicuik Plan Youth Recruitment

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Penicuik Pétanque Club are planning a big recruitment drive in 2013 to attract youth players.  Penicuik’s new piste is due to be built in time for the new playing season in April and have a commitment from Midlothian Council’s Active Schools Coordinator to involve pupils from Penicuik High School and Beeslack Community High School in a program of pétanque coaching sessions.

It is hoped that not only will the school pupils develop their own petanque skills and knowledge to play and compete, but that some will also become coaches to pass their knowledge on further.  The aim is to give the youth players their own section of Penicuik Pétanque Club with its own activities and identity.

Increasing youth participation and volunteering in pétanque is a key aim for Penicuik Pétanque Club and the hope is, in conjunction with SPA Youth Development,  to develop the next generation of Scottish champions and internationals.

Clubs who are interested in recruiting youth players can contact Colin Stewart for tips on where to begin.

Portobello Pétanque Taster Session

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National Coach Mags Montgomery accompanied by three other SPA coaches made the short journey to the newly created pistes in Rosefield Park, Portobello, on Sunday 25 November.  Despite the weather (low temperatures and heavy rain) 7 hardy souls from Porty turned up and were introduced to the game.

Portobello’s pétanque roots are strong. Although it has been some time since there was a club there, a number of former and current international players have played in Portobello and we are encouraged to see that pétanque has once again returned. Naturally the SPA will be on hand to offer them support and advice whenever needed.

The SPA would like to wish all those involved the very best of luck .  You can find out more at the group’s Facebook page

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