Brendan & Paul attended a day long coaching course in November. It involved pre-course reading and online revision beforehand and on the day there was a presentation from the chair of the PE coaching commission plus a written exam on the rules of the game, an observation of two novice players analysing their faults, a practical demonstration of the main petanque techniques and a communications test. Both passed all elements and after a DBS check to look at safeguarding issues which is underway they should become an accredited Club Coach very soon. This is the lowest of 4 levels of coaching award and teaches the primary elements in playing Petanque and its playing rules to newcomers to the sport and improves the skills and performance of intermediate-level club players.
The Petanque England coaching licence is an ID card that can be used when working with schools or vulnerable adults. The licence, which is only issued after DBS checking has been completed, is valid for three years and includes the coach`s membership number, their photo and their DBS clearance certificate number and expiry date.
Club coaches are expected to deliver training/coaching a minimum of 3 times a year (once at their own club and 2 other clubs) to retain this status. Both Brendan and Paul are looking forward to helping HPC in the future.
This afternoon was well organised and well attended for a cold November afternoon. No-one won all 3 games which is unusual but it meant that after 2 rounds many teams were in with a chance of winning. The winning score of 2 wins and +13 points is low but shows that if you keep playing hard you could win a prize.
This Sunday Nov 27th is the rescheduled Prostate Cancer UK Charity event. It is a 3 round snake doubles format and £2 pp entry fee with all proceeds going to the charity. There is a trophy and medals to be won. Please register by 12:45 so the draw for playing partners can be made before the start time 1:00pm.
An interesting day. For the first 4 rounds most things went well but because of some slow play in the first round there was a knock on effect and as sunset approached and rain started to fall there were some teams finished and sheltering in the clubhouse but some teams still playing the 4th round. Fortunately this didn’t affect the top 4 positions and teams who still had a game to play but didn’t want to play in the rain and the darkness decided to go home and get warm and dry.
Best HPC result was Robin & Rita who won all their 4 games and won 4th prize. Roy, Brendan and Nell won 2 games. Raffle raised over £50 and finally thank you to all the many helpers who made it a good day.