Penicuik’s Piste Now Open

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The new petanque piste in Penicuik Park is now open.  This project has been two years in the making and Penicuik Petanque Club are very grateful to all who have been involved in its delivery. Penicuik PC would especially like to thank the following people:

  • Councillor Adam Montgomery for his enthusiasm and support for our cause in the early stages, for identifying the site and for being happy to help whenever needed.
  • Penicuik Community Sport Hub for agreeing to fund the facility in full via their Sportscotland funding stream.  Community Sport Hubs are a Sportscotland initiative which aims to provide a lasting sporting legacy for community sport in the wake of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The piste is only one of several projects which Penicuik Community Sport Hub have helped deliver for its member clubs in its short history.
  • Councillor Derek Rosie for his offer of financial assistance (which as yet has not been needed) and for helping to ensure the project was complete in time for the beginning of the 2013 season.
  • To all Midlothian Council employees who have helped plan and deliver the project.

The petanque piste is a vital part Penicuik PC’s long term plan to develop a vibrant petanque club in Penicuik.  The club is open to all but they are especially keen to recruit young members. They are holding taster sessions for 200 school children in May and youth coaching sessions throughout June and July.  Their aim is to unearth the Scottish Champions of the future and to provide a pool of players from Penicuik who could be selected for the Junior World and Junior European Championships.

Equally as important as meeting the needs of Penicuik’s growing club, the piste also provides a valuable community resource.  It is open to the public and is free to use.  Penicuik PC have donated four sets of leisure boules, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, for members of the public to use.

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.

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