New Year Competitions Results


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


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


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

Invitation: CEP Eurocup for Clubs


SPA affiliated clubs are invited to register their interest in participating in the Eurocup for Clubs 2013.  This may involve one or more foreign trip and/or involve hosting a round of the competition depending upon the draw.  Clubs who want to know more about what this entails should contact the SPA or see the competition rules.

Clubs who are committed and able to represent the SPA should register their interest by 20th December 2012 either by direct email to Lynn Jenkins or via the form on the contacts page.

Please note the SPA will not be able to offer financial assistance.

Invitation: Hosts for 2013 SPA Events


SPA affiliated clubs are invited to register their interest to host 2013 SPA competitions.  The proposed dates of the events are as follows (the firm dates will be confirmed subject to responses and availability):

21st April: Grand Prix 1

26th May: Grand Prix 2

23rd June: Grand Prix 3

27th July: SPA Singles and Shooting

28th July: SPA Doubles

1st September: SPA Triples

14th & 15th September: Scottish Masters

Please note that clubs will need to provide a minimum of 8 lanes (which must be divided by strings) for an event and preferably should provide a non-playing volunteer to assist with timekeeping and with measuring.  As a reminder the SPA will run a raffle at each event.  Host clubs are offered the opportunity to provide prizes for raffles on the day, the number/quality of prizes will be matched by the SPA wherever possible and in return a half share of the proceeds will be passed to the host club.  Clubs may also provide catering for participants if they wish, the SPA do not contribute to this and so all proceeds naturally are retained by the host club.

Clubs who wish to be considered for one or more of these events should email Lynn Jenkins directly, or you can fill in the form on the contact page.  The deadline for responses is 20th December 2012.

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