Skills Award scheme
The Petanque England (PE) Skills Award scheme was launching in 1996 by David Lavelle and in the intervening 28 years has provided a pathway for young players to develop their skills in the sport from the introductory phase through to a high level of technical expertise.
Juniors start with the basics of how to play and achieve the White award. They progress to Green, Red and finally Blue levels. Red and Blue awards are focussed on improving skills and achieving high levels of consistency that would be required to perform both nationally and internationally. The levels are attained over an extended time period so the young players would improve as they gained experience.
The requirements to achieve each level can be found below.
Successful candidates are presented with a medallion and certificate and their achievements are recognised at Club, Regional & National level.
PE qualified coaches based at local Clubs can start juniors on the journey to achieve the awards, they might need support and guidance from Regional Development Officers which should be forthcoming or they can make contact with PE Juniors via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our experience is that juniors and coaches enjoy the Award Scheme. It provides a clear route for the young player to follow with rewards as they achieve each goal. The scheme also provides coaches with a structure to follow as they take their charges up the ladder of progress.
We are grateful to Samueljacks Teamwear for their sponsorship of the scheme. They provide the medallions and the certificates to the successful candidates. The Company provides sportswear to many Petanque Clubs and Regional organisations and are pleased to play a part in encouraging the development of our youth.