Following our region's AGM last month a new Executive Committee was appointed as follows :-
- President – Tony Mann (2nd year)
- Secretary – Dawn Constable (re-elected)
- Membership Secretary – Lindsey MacDonnell (re-elected)
- Treasurer – Lindsey MacDonnell (2nd year)
- Playing Officer – position vacant
We also have vacant positions for the Appointed Officer positions of Regional Coach and Regional Umpire.
In the New Year we will be contacting clubs to nominate the 3 SXP MC Members to our committee in accordance with our constitution. Our current SXP MC Members are :-
- David Alfred - Brighton & Hove PC
- Alan Constable - Crowborough Social Club
- Alex Hutchinson – Royal Albert PC (Hastings)
Vacant SXP MC Positions
We currently have vacancies for SXP Playing Officer, Regional Coach and Regional Umpire. Job descriptions for these roles are available on the SXP website document's page via this link http://www.sussexpetanque.org.uk/documents.html
If anyone is interested in any of these roles or would like to find out more information about them then please do not hesitate to contact me or Dawn.
2018 Sussex Events
The SXP MC have to put together the playing calendar for Sussex competitions during 2018. There are a number of other clubs within Sussex but to host a Regional event we require venues to have at least 8 pistes available.
Each year the English Petanque Association (EPA) sets aside 5 dates in the calendar as Regional Days to help avoid clashes with other events. We have utilised each of these 5 dates (as far as we can) plus added further dates for the 8 Sussex competitions we currently hold.
Our Regional Qualifiers (for the EPA Inter-Regional, Challenge Tournament and Junior Championships held in September) get our season started. These take place early in the season to assist with necessary accommodation and kit arrangements. We start in Crowborough in April as the venue provides good facilities especially as there is also a lot of membership administration at our opening event. We then move on to Hastings in May and finally Brighton in June. All 3 of the main Sussex petanque areas host one of our qualifiers.
Sun 15 April - Regional Qualifier - Round 1 at Crowborough Social Club
Sun 20 May - Regional Qualifier - Round 2 at Hastings White Rock
Sun 3 June - Regional Qualifier - Round 3 at Brighton & Hove PC
We then hold our Doubles, Triples and Over 50s Doubles competitions as all these events provide potential Regional representatives for the EPA Champion of Champions later in the year.
Sun 24 June - Sussex Doubles & Shooting at Crowborough Social Club
Sun 15 July - Sussex Triples & Shooting at Goldsmiths PC (Crowborough Leisure Centre)
Sun 29 July - Sussex Over 50s Doubles at Brighton & Hove PC
Our 2 remaining competitions are as follows :-
Sun 19 August - Sussex Mixed Doubles at Goldsmiths PC (Crowborough Leisure Centre)
Sun 9 September - Sussex Singles at Hastings White Rock
In total 2 competitions are being held in Hastings, 2 in Brighton and 2 each at the Crowborough Social Club and Goldsmiths PC.
By clicking on this link SXP Playing Calendar 2018 you can open, download or print a PDF file of the Sussex and current EPA playing calendar. The EPA will add venues to the dates throughout the year and you should refer to the EPA website for up to date information (see link below).
We are also looking to host our first ever Regional Open competition next year with provisional dates of either 22 July or 12 August. More details to follow in due course.
So put these events in your diaries now!
Membership fees and renewals
Our membership fees to join Sussex will remain at only £6 for Adults and free to Juniors for 2018. These are combined with the fees for joining the EPA which remain at £20 for Adults and £5 to Juniors for 2018.