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Pétanque

Venue:


Poplars Sports Ground, Burton Joyce

Description: Whilst the Petanque group held its first meeting in April, 2016  it has proved so popular that we now have three Groups.


All three Groups use the two pistes (playing areas) at Poplars, but not at the same time. We use U3A equipment, though some members may like to buy their own boules.


Casual wear is appropriate.


We have received coaching and gained knowledge from experts who I think will keep us under their wing! So no knowledge is needed to get started.

 

The game can be played with two, three or four in each team. A maximum of sixteen people can play on the two pistes at any one time.


There will be a small charge for each session to cover the hire of the pistes,  and participants can bring their own refreshments.


Meeting dates and times,  for each Group are shown below.

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PÉTANQUE OR BOULES?

Boules is a collective name for a wide range of games in which the objective

is to throw or roll heavy balls (called boules in France, and bocce in Italy) as close as possible to a small target ball. English lawn and crown green bowls, and Pétanque are different forms of Boules.


In Pétanque, the players try to throw hollow metal balls towards a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, so that the ball comes to rest as close as possible to the jack. Players must stand in a circle and keep both feet on the ground whilst throwing their ball, see picture above.

The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played in public areas in parks. Dedicated facilities are called boulodromes.

 

The current form of the game

originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France. The French name pétanque (borrowed into English, with

or without the acute accent) comes

from petanca in the Provençal dialect

of the Occitan language, deriving

from the expression pès tancats, meaning 'feet fixed' or 'feet planted'

(on the ground).



Pétanque 3

Meeting Dates

 & Times:

1st and 3rd Mondays in the month

10:00am - 12:00 noon

Charges:

£2.00 per meeting

Pétanque 2

Meeting Dates

 & Times:

1st and 3rd Thursdays in the month

12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Charges:

£2.00 per meeting

Pétanque 1

Meeting Dates

 & Times:

1st and 3rd Thursdays in the month

10:00am - 12:00 noon

Charges:

£2.00 per meeting