National Subject Adviser, Petanque – Andrew Lloyd.
I have been an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of the sport for over 30 years and I felt that I should make my experience available to u3a and joined Malmesbury and District when it was formed in 2014.
I set up a Pétanque club in my home village when I first started playing and, within a short period, I found myself on the Regional Committee of the then British Pétanque Association where I progressed to Regional President. In due course, I became National Vice-President where I gained some experience, as Head of the UK Delegation, in several International competitions, which resulted in my being elected as President of the annual International North Sea Pétanque Tournament from 2004 to 2008.
I am always willing to give advice and guidance and I welcome your questions. I am now well supported by three experienced “U3A Pétanque Ambassadors” who may be able to give additional help and advice when required. They are Chris Chubb of Bournemouth, Caroline Cunliffe of Richmond-on-Thames and Terry Mockler of Malmesbury and District.
In addition to my advisory role, I chose to set up and run U3A National Weekends of Pétanque, the first being held in 2016 and the fourth scheduled for September 2019, all being held at Hayling Island. As a spin-off, an annual competition has been generated between the top four Groups from the inaugural Weekend.