WPA REPORT – CEP CONGRESS

WPA REPORT

CEP CONGRESS

SATURDAY – 27/06/2020

The 2020 CEP Congress was held on Saturday 27/06 via a virtual Zoom session.

It was my privilege to attend on behalf of the WPA.

The CEP Reports discussed at the Meeting can be found here.

Congratulations to the members of the board elected (or re-elected) during the Congress:
Signe Hovind (Norway)
Mike Pegg (England)
Tony Smith (Wales)
Henrik Toft (Denmark)
Riccardo Capaccioni (Italy) – new board member
Sjoerd Pieterse (Netherlands) – new board member

Congratulations also to Mike Pegg on his re-appointment as CEP President for another term.

Two items discussed that particularly affect Wales are the changes to the Inter-Federation Transfer procedure and the changes to the Approved Playing Kit regulations – links to both of these can be found on the WPA websites and will be discussed in greater detail at the forthcoming OGM.

 

Bob Pugh

National President

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: NOTICE OF (VIRTUAL) ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT

NOTICE OF (VIRTUAL) ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY – 01/07/2020 7:30pm

 

 

We are holding a virtual Ordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, 1st July 2020 at 7:30pm.

This will be held using the Zoom platform.

Attendees will be asked to complete a registration form on entering the meeting – this will act as a Register, as we normally do at WPA meetings. As a result, we would appreciate it if everyone could join promptly.

All attendees will enter the “lobby” and then be admitted to the full meeting with their microphone muted initially. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, etc. using the “Raise Hand” and “Chat” options.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies

  2. Minutes of the previous meeting (see below)

  3. Matters arising

  4. President’s Report

  5. Treasurer’s Report

  6. Director of Development’s Report

  7. COVID-19 Playing Guidelines

  8. Finances

  9. Any Other Business

The Minutes of the previous OGM (09/10/2019) can be found on the WPA Website, here,

and the President’s Report from the Meeting can be found on the WPA Website, here.

The Zoom Meeting details will be sent out nearer the date of the meeting.

In the meantime, we appreciate your ongoing patience, and hope you and your families stay healthy.

REMEMBER:

#STAY LOCAL

#KEEP WALES SAFE

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 19/06/2020

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT


Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

UPDATE – 19/06/2020


I hope you and you families are staying safe and well.

As you will, no doubt, be aware, the Welsh Government (WG) has today announced a relaxing of the lockdown rules from Monday 22nd June.

The EC met this afternoon following the WG’s announcement and can confirm that pétanque is covered under the list of sports allowed to open – subject to the travel restrictions and the adherence to the guidelines.

As a result, the WPA have produced an updated set of Guidelines Clubs and for Players, which MUST BE ADHERED TO in order to resume playing.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SINGLES PLAY, PRACTICE, OR 1:1 COACHING IS ALLOWED AT THE PRESENT TIME. TEAM SPORTS ARE STILL NOT PERMITTED.

The following graphic provides a summary of the guidelines:

Safe Petanque

A copy of this summary can be downloaded here.

The latest Guidelines for Clubs can be downloaded here.

The latest Guidelines for Players can be downloaded here.

The WPA has produced a suggested playing guide that should help with managing singles-play during a game. A copy can be downloaded here.

The WPA has also produced some signage posters which Clubs can use to help with directions. A copy can be downloaded here.

The detail of the WG’s announcement can be found here.

With the announcement that further restrictions, including those related to travel, could be lifted by Monday 6th July, the WPA is looking at organising a limited number of competitions during the summer. Further information will be made available as we have details.

The EC will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.

In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay healthy.

 

REMEMBER:

 

#STAY LOCAL

#KEEP WALES SAFE

 

Robert Pugh

National President.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 03/06/2020

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT


Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

UPDATE – 03/06/2020


I hope you and you families are staying safe and well.

The WPA Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to the official advice from the UK and Welsh Governments and NHS and NHS Wales.

The EC met on Monday 1st June and earlier today we attended the regular Welsh Sports Association (WSA) Business Continuity meeting.

Although the Welsh Government (WG) have still not yet given permission for sport to resume, we are working hard with the WSA and Sport Wales (SW) to do everything we can to get our sport included in the first tranche of sports allowed to resume.

As a result of this, we have updated and are publishing the guidelines that we sent in draft form to the Club Representatives yesterday, in readiness for us being allowed to resume playing. This will allow time for Clubs to make any necessary preparations in readiness for the resumption.

The following graphic provides a summary of the guidelines:

Safe Petanque

A copy can be downloaded here.

The latest Guidelines can be downloaded here.

The EC will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.

In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay healthy.

 

REMEMBER:

 

#STAY LOCAL

#KEEP WALES SAFE

 

Robert Pugh

National President.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 11/05/2020

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT


Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

UPDATE – 11/05/2020


I hope you and you families are staying safe and well.

The WPA Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to the official advice from the UK and Welsh Governments and NHS and NHS Wales.

Since the lockdown was introduced, the Executive Committee have held several meetings, the latest being this morning – following the announcements by the Welsh Government First Minister and the Prime Minister.

As we are sure you are aware, there are now some slight differences between the positions of the Welsh and UK Governments, but as this matter is devolved, the announcements by the Prime Minister relate ONLY to England.

With this in mind, the position in Wales in relation to playing sports remains unchanged. The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, made the following statement on Sunday 10th May:

I set out the modest changes to the stay-at-home regulations we are making in Wales on Friday. These will come into force tomorrow afternoon.

Here in Wales, we will change the regulations so people can exercise more often and allow garden centres to open, if they can comply with social distancing.

Our advice has not changed in Wales.

  • Wherever you can you should stay at home.
  • If you need to leave home for work, exercise or shopping, you should stay local and stay alert.
  • Coronavirus has not gone away
  • The way we behave over the weeks ahead will continue to have a profound impact on our NHS and our ability to save lives.
  • If you go out, stay local and stay safe.

The Prime Minister also set out his roadmap for the future. This is at an early stage because it depends on how the virus behaves over the coming weeks and months.

Two weeks ago, I published a framework to lead Wales out of the pandemic.

This has helped us decide that schools will not return to normal on June 1.

We will continue to make decisions, which are right for Wales, using information and expert advice about how coronavirus is circulating here to keep us safe.

The health of the public is paramount. It will inform our decisions and we will continue to inform you as we plan for our future in the weeks ahead.

Thank you for all your help and support. Together we can do this.

However, in an attempt to be ready for a possible further relaxation of the restrictions and a resumption of playing of sports in some format in the new future, we have begun to work on a draft updated playing calendar, as well as a guidance document which will outline the conditions and behaviours that will need to be adhered to.

These will be published in due course, when we have a clearer picture of the government advice.

Some of you may have seen similar guidelines on social media that have already been published by a number of European federations, and it is likely that any document we publish will be very similar.

Of course, it is highly likely that, even if we do resume play later this year, many of you may feel that you are not comfortable in this kind of sporting/social environment, and this is completely understandable.

You may be interested (though not surprised) to know that our membership profile is less than favourable for safe resumption of play:

WPA Member Ages above Number of Members WPA % of membership
80 20 7.8%
70 102 39.5%
65 145 56.2%
60 171 66.3%
50 221 85.7%

The EC will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.

In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay healthy.

 

REMEMBER:

 

#STAY HOME

#PROTECT THE NHS

#SAVE LIVES

Robert Pugh

National President.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 15/03/2020

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT


Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

SUSPENSION OF ALL WPA EVENTS


The WPA Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to the official advice from the UK and Welsh Governments and NHS and NHS Wales.

In light of the latest official information, as well as the Press Release issued today by the F.I.P.J.P., we have taken the decision to suspend ALL WPA events, competitions and meetings from midnight on Sunday 15th March 2020 until further notice.

This includes all formal and leisure-playing of the sport.

The F.I.P.J.P. Press Release can be found HERE.

We understand that some of you will be disappointed by this decision, but we recognise that we have a duty of care to all our members and feel that now is the right time, in view of the age-profile of our members themselves as well as the potential to pass the infection on to vulnerable people with whom we may come into contact.

This action brings us in line with our friends in England, who have already announced a suspension of all their competitions and meetings.

Although our member clubs are autonomous bodies, we feel we should advise them that we believe that they should also implement a similar suspension of they playing activities.

Hopefully, this suspension will be temporary and we can all get back to playing the sport we enjoy soon.

The EC will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.

In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay healthy.

Robert Pugh

National President.

Welsh Pétanque Association – AGM 2020 – Additional Information

As announced in the Notice of AGM, the positions of National Secretary & Director of Development are open for election at the 2020 AGM.

In line with the Constitution, I am writing to inform members that neither of the incumbent officers intend to re-stand for their current roles.

As a reminder to any member seeking nomination for these roles, they have a 2-year tenure.

Please also note that there is still a vacancy for the Director of Public Relations, but as this is mid-way through it’s tenure, anyone seeking nomination for this role would only be in position for 1 year.

Thank you

Bob Pugh
National President

WPA Exec. announcement

Dear Members,

I am posting this to prevent any Chinese whispers.

After a great deal of thought, I have taken the decision to resign from my position as Director of Public Relations for the WPA. My main reason for stepping down is that I don’t feel able to commit the time and dedication to the role that it requires.

I have enjoyed my short time on the Exec. and hope I have contributed something positive to the WPA. I leave with the backing of the Exec. and have agreed to assist in any way I can with increasing the profile of Pétanque in Wales in a positive way and hopefully growing our membership.

I discussed this at length with Bob Pugh earlier today and I have his full support.

I would like to thank the Exec. and members for the support I have received during my time in this role.

Kind Regards

Gareth J Spencer.

Home Nations 2019 – Important announcement

Good afternoon all,

Following Bob’s email to our membership yesterday he has also asked me to post it on the website.

Dear members,

I am writing to inform you of an important update to the arrangements for the 2019 Home Nations and to allay any rumours you may have heard.

I must inform you that:-

1. For internal reasons, the Monkstone Petanque Club have unfortunately decided to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Home Nations.

2. WPA Executive Committee are currently working hard to identify an alternative venue and we will keep you updated with our progress.

3. In-line with the Competitions Rules, the WPA Executive Committee is exploring the possibility of amending the team order within the Welsh Squad for the Home Nations. This decision has not been taken lightly and we are attempting to ensure the minimum disruption to the Welsh squad along with the smooth-running of the Competition. The new team order will be announced in the near future.

Finally, I am delighted to let you know that following her excellent work during the Celtic Challenge, Michelle Spencer has agreed to take on the role of Team Manager for the Welsh Squad and I hope you will respect her position and support her in this vital role.

Kind regards
Bob
Robert Pugh
National President

As your Exec. we will endeavour to keep everyone informed of developments as they happen and would appreciate the support and co-operation of you, our members.

Thanks

Gareth.

Matching team shirts at Home Nations GP qualifiers and future WPA competitions

Previous posts have mentioned it and everyone should be aware that all teams entered into a WPA qualifying event or WPA competition must wear matching tops, something that isn’t always easy if the team members are from different clubs.

As we are all aware, we now have the new Welsh shirts for “International” competitions (Celtic Challenge and Home Nations included) and these now supersede all earlier versions.  As a result, the Exec. has agreed that players may play in the older style WPA shirts which will hopefully assist you in arranging matching shirts.

If team members have the earlier style Welsh shirts it will save them the cost/trouble of getting matching shirts and the dreaded £10 fine for not wearing matching tops can be avoided.

Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Gareth

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