So it was decided to hold some taster sessions in the hope of getting some new members. The first was held this morning, Tuesday 11 May. To our amazement and delight we had 16 people come along.
Coach Loren gave a little talk about the origins of Petanque. Mike (also a coach) showed them the basics of throwing and a few fundamentals of the game. They then split the 16 into 4 groups. We had most of our club boules out of the cupboard to get three to everyone. The club boules are a bit of a challenge to play with as so many look the same.
Loren, Wendy, Pete and Mike each took one group I think we all managed to play a full game. We spent most of the session playing 4 sets of pairs. With 16 the numbers worked out perfectly. I think everyone was having a good time to judge by all the questions asked and enjoyment everyone appeared to be having.
We had some heavy bursts of rain and even hail but everyone played through despite the discomfort. The sun came out in the end so we ended on a high note. A good couple of hours in all. Some stars of the future in the making here, maybe.
We have offered pro-rata membership - £5 per month to the end of the year taking June as the first full month. We also explained to everyone that they could play at any club session for £2 head. This all seemed to go down very well. Lets hope for another good turnout for the taster on Sunday 16th May.