We hope you and your families are keeping well and safe in these unusual times. For many of us, Petanque is a major source of socialising and recreation, and we appreciate that the lack of play can have a real impact on our lives.
As the Government continues to relax the lockdown policies, the SCPA Committee has started to discuss how we can get people back into the playing Petanque, whilst recognising that there are those members who are more vulnerable and may still feel the need to protect themselves.
With this in mind, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Summer SCPA season, and we will carry the current 2020 league tables over to the 2021 season, and will adjust these as we usually do to allow for any teams joining or leaving for the 2021, season. With regards to payments made, we will retain the 2020 payment and carry this over to the 2021 season, unless your captain requests that we refund the money.
For those who are happy to start playing, we will be running a ‘COVID Club Cup’ competition, based on the winter league format of 3 games, 1 triple, 1 double and 1 single, but each team will only be allowed to bring 3 players to the match to limit the number of people present to 6. We will accept ‘scratch’ teams to allow for those who may not be able to make a team of 3 from their usual team mates, however all players must have played in either the Summer or Winter 2019 SCPA leagues. If you are interested in entering this, please email the Fixture Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SCPA Shooting competition for the Alan Sturmer trophy will be held this year, and we will arrange a couple of afternoons where a member of the Committee will be present, and players will be able to turn up and register their score. The venue and dates for this will be announced one we know how many people are entering. Again, please register your interest for this with email@example.com.
If we are able to do so, we are looking at starting the Winter season earlier than usual, and we welcome those teams who normally have a break in the winter to join us. We are taking entries, £10 per team to enter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter or for more information.
The Ladies League entry fees will be refunded over the next few weeks, and Deborah hopes to start this again next spring.
We will also start to plan some single day tournaments as soon as the restrictions relax sufficiently to allow us to access the venues and open to enough people, and we will be notifying you of these as soon as we can.
As those of you at the Team Representatives meeting may recall, we had asked for 2 nominations to join the committee, and up to the meeting, we had only received 1, which was Pat Clarke. After the meeting Steph Adamson came forward and offered to join, and we took the opportunity to co-opt her onto the committee in the absence of any other nominations.
Finally, we would like to place on record that we have received and accepted Mike Rios-Hall’s resignation, and we would like to acknowledge and thank him for all his hard work and efforts in helping run the league over the last years.