England call ups for Southern lads!

3 of the Regions most talented Juniors have been rewarded for their dedication and hard work with England squad selection!

Marc Franco Llado & Jamie Brooks and Liam Floyd have been selected for the England A and England B squads respectively.

The 3 boys have been going up and down the country, learning their trade and gaining valuable experience. Their commitment to improvement and progress has been such a refreshing feature of their attributes.

junior england selection

Marc, Jamie & Liam

Their success could not be achieved without the tireless work of the SCPA Jr Coaches, Stuart Floyd & Kath Knight who do their best to teach all of the Juniors just how important hard work and having the right attitude is. We should also commemorate the efforts of the NYS Coaches who put so much into the development of all the Juniors in the Country.

Vice President David Plumhoff spoke to the boys about their call up and their future. Read below for the exclusive interview!

Marc Franco Llado:england marc

1) How excited are you to be named in the England A squad? I am really excited to be playing at a higher level of Pétanque

2) How did you hear the news? I heard from Toni Gates, my old B squad coach.

3) Are you looking forward to moving up from the B squad to play with your new team mates? Playing with different people can really help me develop my skill in Pétanque and tactically.

4) How does it feel to be part of the A squad? It feels amazing really. Can’t wait to visit places to play Pétanque and against really hard opponents.

5) If there was one area of your game you need to improve on, what would it be? When shooting I think that I need to get the line correct more often, as I tend to miss to the sides of the object boule.

6) What are your ambitions in the future as a Petanque player? To win the world championship!!!

7) What would you say to the other Southern juniors who want to be England players and want to improve? To always keep a positive attitude; even when losing, support your team mates and train hard.

Jamie Brooks:england jamie

1) How excited are you to be named in the England A squad? I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the A squad as I have trained so hard all year for this and it has finally paid off

2) How did you hear the news? Funny enough it was on my Birthday after I came back from Brighton v Bristol City and Toni Gates broke the news to me.

3) Are you looking forward to moving up from the B squad to play with your new team mates? Yeah I am, I think it will be a new challenge in my life and I’m hoping to improve even further.

4) How does it feel to be part of the A squad? If you said to me 3 years ago I would be in the A squad for England I would have bitten your hand off!! It feels great to be apart of the squad.

5) If there was one area of your game you need to improve what would it be? Probably controlling my emotions after and during games as I think anger and disappointment get to me quite a lot.

6) What are your ambitions in the future as a Petanque player? Realistic ambitions would be to represent England at the World Championships but if I had to dream big it would have to be to play for the men’s national team in a competitive match at a Word or European championships.

7) What would you say to the other Southern juniors who want to be England players and want to improve? I would Just say relax, Learn from others and always keep a level head.

Liam Floyd:england liam

1) How excited are you to be named in the England B squad? I am really excited to be named in the England B squad because it was one of my biggest aims this year and I have done it!

2) How did you hear the news? I heard the news by getting a phone call from one of the coaches and when the coach said I have been offered a place, I was so happy!!

3) Are you looking forward to playing with your new team mates? I am looking forward of playing with my new team mates in the B squad and hopefully I can learn new stuff from them.

4) How does it feel to be an England player? it feels absolutely amazing!! I would never have thought it could happen.

5) If their was one area of your game you need to improve what would it be? the area I would love to work on is my shooting. I also need to work on keeping my concentration through the whole game.

6) What are your ambitions in the future as a Petanque player? my ambition is to become an A squad player and play abroad.

7) What would you say to the other Southern juniors who want to be England players and want to improve? I would say to them: have a good attitude, play a lot, practice a lot and enjoy it and you will have your chance.

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