As many will already be aware, from Monday 29th March “organised sport” can resume providing we meet the control measures indicated in the government and Petanque England’s guidance notes. As a member club of Petanque England, and through that member of the Petanque England region, Yorkshire Petanque, we are able to resume petanque play as a club. Note that non-members of PE are considered “casual” players and can only play in groups of no more than 6 people or from just two households.
Following on from that, only members of our club can play at our club sessions and they must adhere to the control measures put in place by the club designed to prevent the spread of Covid 19.
Our first club session will take place on Wednesday 31st March starting at the usual time of 1pm.
We are still not allowed to use the pavilion except to access equipment such as sanitising materials and use the toilets.
The following are the main points regarding our control measures but a full briefing will take place when you arrive at club :-
If you are experiencing any of the typical symptoms of Covid 19 such as headache, raised temperature, loss of sense of smell etc DO NOT TURN UP.
When you first arrive do not congregate closely in groups of more than 6. Remember that you cannot move between groups of six during the day.
We will play our social play days by doing one draw to start the session. You will then stay in that group for the session and you can swap partners for each game of the session.
We will be playing occasional melees or club competitions in the coming weeks where the format will be different and controls adapted to suit.
We will play with an empty piste in between each game being played. This means that we will have 12 pistes available. Thus we can accommodate up to 72 players. Groups may, by agreement, swap pistes for each game to give a change of conditions during a session.
Before players arrive a club official will have sanitised with wipes all surfaces likely to be touched by players such as door handles, toilet flushes, hand rails, equipment hanging frame etc. Members should use the wipes and gel after touching these items.
You should bring your own drinks/food and please don’t leave bottles where other folk might accidentally touch them.
Use of plastic rings and club score boards is not permitted. If a player brings their own personal ring they must be the only person to handle it.
In play you must not touch anyone else’s measures, boules or coche. If a team throws an invalid coche the opposing team must simply place their own coche in a valid position.
Note a briefing will remind players of the new rule changes before play begins.
All players must ensure their presence is recorded on the test & trace register.
Sanitising wipes and hand gel will be provided and should be used by everyone on a regular basis during the session and at the end you should wipe your boules and coche as well as sanitising your hands. Players may wear face coverings if they prefer.
If, after any club session, a member experiences symptoms typical of Covid 19, will they please advise me as well as isolating and getting appropriate testing and medical help.
We have a full club general risk assessment and an updated Covid risk assessment displayed at the club and if anyone has any queries please ask me.
During the next few months we hope to begin playing our club Championship events. We will probably start with the Open Singles during April so if you’re keen to enter please get your name on the entry sheet ASAP. Format will be determined once I have an idea of the number of entrants. It could be round Robin with games played any time or day by agreement or it could be leagues and knockout over a single or couple of days.
Hope to see you all next Wednesday.