Retirement Village initiative in Napier

11 Nov 2019

Congratulations Lee Taffard and the team at Napier Petanque for this great initiative with the Mary Doyle Retirement village. This is their report and a few photos. Hopefully it will inspire other clubs around the country to do something similar.

On Saturday 6th October a team of 12 players from the newly formed Arvida Mary Doyle Retirement Village Petanque Club set out on an adventure that is hoped to be the first of a regular series of events. With the fantastic support of Mike Rouse and his team at Napier Petanque Club the visit represented for all the Mary Doyle players their first ever outing to a terrain outside their own village complex as all of the players are new to petanque. Mary Doyle employee Lee Taffard, a passionate enthusiast and Bay View Club member drove the petanque initiative on a somewhat underutilised terrain in the Village. Management have shown their support financially and with resources. The petanque drive has been taken up with tremendous energy by co-ordinator Margaret Farquhar and her fellow village
residents. Club mornings throughout winter attracted an average of 25 people each time, and regular Tuesday evening coaching sessions conducted by Lee are well supported.

The visit to Napier was the first chance the new players had to play on an unfamiliar terrain and mix with more experienced club players. Over the course of the visit the Napier club members were very helpful explaining some of the finer points of etiquette and customs of our ‘great game’. Whilst outplayed in this early stage of their petanque adventure the Mary Doyle players did represent themselves well and even enjoyed a well celebrated win in one
game. From the feedback it was clear this visit was a great success and will be repeated. Investigating both HB Lawn Tennis and Bayview Club at their Crab Farm venue as future
hosts for the Mary Doyle players, and exploring ways to raise the profile of petanque and interest in other retirement villages throughout Hawkes Bay. This is just the start!!!

Team Mary Doyle

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