The WPA Executive was informed yesterday by the President Mr Dan Murphy that he has resigned from his position as WPA President and that he has terminated his membership of the WPA with immediate effect. I’m sure the Executive and members want to thank Dan for the contribution he has made to the WPA over many years and wish him well for the future.
The Agenda confirmed that no vote would be taken on the matter, but the AOB item introduced the topic as a first opportunity for discussion amongst the membership. It’s well known that the World Governing Body (FIPJP) are hoping that Petanque is introduced into the Olympics as a demonstration sport in the 2024 Games, should Paris be awarded the XXXIII Olympiad. A successful bid for inclusion in any future Olympics, would mean that our sport’s Governing Body would have to align its eligibility rules with those of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The AGM commenced with the President’s report as Dan Murphy praised the performances over the last twelve months. “A fantastic Celtic Challenge was held in Wales and a range of events have gone off well,” Murphy exclaimed.
“The Hayling Island Inter-Regionals were particularly good and the sheer number of trophies and cups at our recent Presentation night in Wenvoe shows the vast activity of WPA competitions now available for members.”
The President thanked all those who had participated and supported events over the last season with particular praise to the volunteers involved in the sport and singled out Graeme Attfield and Bob Pugh for their service to the WPA Executive.
The President then looked forward to the new season, which is already underway, with a number of International tournaments to savour. In the coming weeks, the first World Championships of mixed doubles, doubles and singles will be played in Ghent with subsequent events in France (Men’s Euro) and potentially China (Women’s Worlds).
In addition to those, the Celtic Championships (Edinburgh), Home Nations (Hayling Island), Inter-Regionals, the Euro Clubs Cup for Caerleon and the start of the League and club events are all other events for players to set their sights on.
To conclude, a plea for clubs to increase their membership was forthcoming, to meet the common objective of more members within the WPA.
Tony Smith, the Treasurer, presented the annual accounts, which were accepted and a request was made for an auditor for the next financial year.
The positions of President, Treasurer and Director of Public Relations were all confirmed as Dan Murphy, Tony Smith and Andrew Howard were appointed unopposed.
The discussion on eligibility then ensued, before Director of Development Jean-Yves Robic discussed forthcoming competitions and reminded Members that all events were listed on the WPA calendar on the website. He added that there were just two weeks to register for the Qualifying Series, with the 1st event being the Shooting competition on Sunday 9th April.
Nomination for the two vacant positions on the WPA Executive closed at mid-night of 16th October 2016, no other nominations will now be accepted.
The following members have been nominated:
- National Secretary – Bernard Adshead – Monkstone PC
- Director of Publicity – Andrew Howard – Penarth PC
The Executive Committee (EC) of the Welsh Pétanque Association’s (WPA) has called this Extra-Ordinary General meeting under clause 8 of its constitution, for the sole purpose of electing a National Secretary and Director of Public Relations to the EC, there will be no other business.
As per the current WPA Constitution, Part 2, Rules for the EGM to be quorate to elect the above nominees to their respective positions, “No EGM shall proceed to business unless 20 members, or more, representing at least five registered clubs are present within half an hour of the notified time of commencement of the EGM”.
Therefore, it is important for you to turn up to this meeting and to elect these members to the Executive, so that they can begin their important work for you all. If the meeting is not quorate then they cannot be elected to office.
The meeting will be held at:
Cardiff Yacht Club Windsor Esplanade,
CF10 5BG On
Wednesday, 26th October 2016
An Ordinary General Meeting will be held on Thursday 1 September 2016, at Cardiff Yacht Club, commencing 7:30pm.
The Agenda for the meeting is:-
2: Minutes of previous meeting
3: Matters arising:
(a) CEP Congress 2016. CEP Proposals.
(b) Inter-Regional 2016.
(c) Executive Committee Vacancy.
(d) Publication of updated Constitution.
(e) Website – Meeting Minutes.
(g) Prizes at WPA events.
(h) Playing Calendar: Celtic Challenge 2017. Qualifier.
4: Officers reports
4.2 Director of Development
4.3 Secretary – to be given by another officer.
4.6 Director of Public Relations.
5. Any Other Business: (No vote taken)
A. Elliott: League queries.
Items may be raised at the meeting.
Our first Members Meeting of this year, following the spate of meetings at the end of last year and the AGM in March was recently held at the Wenvoe Arms, home of the Wenvoe Pétanque Club. The numbers attending were on the low side, but not unexpected at this time of the year.
There was a lively and quite extensive discussion of topical playing issues, which gave the Executive Committee (EC) a chance to listen to and respond to Members’ views and comments on several of the recent WPA competitions. It was all very useful material for the EC to consider, especially as they preparation the calendar and planning for next season.
Among the issues which came up was funding for clubs, and in particular for clothing and equipment, and Tony Smith, the Treasurer, was keen to give out useful information on sources of funding. He repeated that EC members are more than happy to assist clubs in preparing funding applications to appropriate bodies – which can help clubs pay for things like team shirts, sets of boule for beginners, practice equipment, and to cover the cost of attending coaching courses.
We discussed in some detail the latest news on Tony’s on-going efforts to clarify our insurance cover, and we agreed to report back on further work we are doing with the insurers to try to maximise or improve the cover for our players and clubs. A number of important questions were asked by Members and we will be doing our best to get the answers!
We talked about the need to create proper training and playing facilities, and I have produced a separate message about that under the heading “Development Fund”.
We also had a lively discussion about how the WPA invites teams to play in international tournaments. The detail is already set out and published in the Rules of Entry, which were updated at the start of this season, with the help of some of our most experienced “international” players.
Following that discussion, the EC has been considering the further work it needs to do to clarify and publicise information about this, and related subjects, and further policy guidelines will be published shortly.
A number of concerns were raised about this season’s competitions, and the EC will be constantly reviewing how events go to see what needs to be improved on for later events and for next season.
One decision which has been made is to try to organise events where possible without “byes”, and from this meeting onwards entries will be monitored more closely so that the “cut off” will be applied when the last even numbered team enters, with later entering teams going onto a standby list, and being invited to play if an earlier registered team drops out.
If teams enter using the electronic application form their entry time is automatically generated, and so teams enter in a known date/ time order. It is important for teams to ensure that their electronic entry is correctly submitted – and acknowledged! If in doubt, contact Jean-Yves or Tony as soon as possible.
Jean-Yves asked for nominations for the appointments of National Coach, National Umpire, Medical Officer and Child Protection Officer. Please contact the Exec if you are interested in applying.
Please also contact the EC if you are in a team due to play in the Home Nations or Inter Regional but have to withdraw, so that reserve players can be invited to attend.
The meeting covered a lot of other topics, but I hope this gives you some news. There is a lot going on in the background to further our sport. Come to the next General Meeting to hear more!