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Fanny Club

A new charity has also arrived on the petanque scene. We have a dedicated sport we all enjoy, the quirky odd game has all but disappeared into serious leagues and national events however the Fanny prize always raises a titter to the uninformed and dread to most players. A new club has been formed proudly calling itself the The Fanny Club a la Petanque- The Petanque Players Charity and its aim is to raise funds for good causes.   They have a dedicated website up and running at

Use the PO Box address, as on application form.

Fanny welcomes you all. Just £12 for her club membership.

Have a look and if you qualify or want further information please feel free to contact them. It should be fun. The badge itself is just fantastic.


Updated 22nd February 2018



25th    Open Doubles - Worthing




10th     Petanque England National Youth Squad Singles and Shooting competition Luton PC

18th    Spring Doubles - Gravesend

25th    Rob Cooter Triples - Meadow

25th     Petanque England National Youth Squad Selection day Cottered PC SG9 9QX

25th English Petanque Association Espoirs Squad Day

The event will be held at Towers Petanque Club (Eastern Region) at Brookweald Cricket Club in South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 4TH.

30th    Bordon Open Triples




1st Lincoln Branleys Petanque Club Cash Prize Doubles Competition Easter Sunday, 1st APRIL 2018 at Woodcocks,

Burton Lane End, Saxilby Road, Lincoln LN1 2BE


Registration:  9.45 a.m.          Start of play:  10.00 a.m.                                    

The competition will be 5 games run on a ‘snake’ format. 

There will only be a play-off for 1st/2nd place if the top two teams are on the same number of wins and points difference.  Entry fee:  £5.00 per person (£10.00 per adult team) Any player under 18 on the day of competition: £2.00


We are limiting this event to 32 teams – any team turning up on the day without prior booking is likely to be disappointed. Entries:    Liz Mann

‘Bethany’, School Lane, Willingham, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 5LA


There is now a 38 bedroom logde on site Woodcocks Lodge Pub Management are happy for you to bring your own picnic food for lunch but please remember that only drinks bought at the bar are to be consumed on the premises.

The club also has a no-smoking policy on the terrain.


1stAlan Huntley Cash Doubles Venue TBC

As you know Alan loved playing petanque so we thought what better way to celebrate this than to have a competition.

We aim to run a main and a plate but if there are lots of entries we can spread this into more competitions. The format will likely be a group followed by knock out stages (dependant on entries)
Cash Doubles £15.00 a team with all proceeds going into the prize fund.
Please enter your team by the 30th of March at 12.00.
If you want to play and need help to arrange a team please ask we will be glad to help.
At lunch we will be arrange a shooting competition, £1.00 to enter (can enter more than 1 time if you would like) You shoot a boule at 6m, if you hit it you move to the next round which will be boule over coche, then boule between boule, boule over boule and then finally the coche. The winner will get a shooting mat (worth £80).
We would love to try and make this as big a competition as we can so all entries will be greatly appreciated, All are welcome no matter what skill level.
Please also note there will be a raffle on the day with all proceeds going to charity


1st       Cobbets Doubles

2nd       Easter Bunnies Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club

Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk.

6 Games £10.00 per team 10.00 for 10.30 start Limited to 20 teams.

Bar and Food from 12 noon

7th       Big C Charity Pairs The Cottage Norwich

8th      Easter Bunny Cash Doubles - Handcross

15th    Mike Knight Triples – Arundel Spring Triples at our club terrain within Arundel Football Club ground Mill Road Arundel BN18 9PA

Book early to avoid disappointment, entries close on Wednesday 11 April 2018

Registration from 9.30a.m.    play starts at 10.00a.m.



Hot food available for breakfast and lunch from Football Club kiosk

Entries  to: Kath Knight, 44 Ripley Road Worthing BN11 5NG





Limited parking beside the terrain. Parking free in Mill Road


15th    Chiltern Open Triples Arlesey Town Football Club Armadillo Stadium Hitchin Road Arlesey Beds SG 15 6RS Cash Prizes for Main and Plate £500 minimum first prize pay on the day Registration 9.00 9.30 Play starts at 10.00am  Entry £10.00 per person.


22nd     Anglia Qualifier Round 1 British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

22nd   Spring Triples - Whitnash

29th    Arlesey Mixed Triples Arlesey Town Football Club Armadillo Stadium Hitchin Road Arlesey Beds SG 15 6RS

29th    Adur Spring Triples





5THSouthern Counties Spectacular Weekend of Petanque. Over the 5th 6thand 7th May will be three events

The 5th is the Doubles Petanque Competition Entry £20.00 per team. Top Prize £400.


The 6th is the Triples Petanque Competition Entry £30.00 per team. Top Prize £600.


The 7th is the Singles Petanque Competition Entry £10.00 per player. Top Prize £300.


Entries to

5th    Russell Harris Fun Pairs St Faiths Norwich

5th      Jersey Open Doubles

5th      Naturist National - Broadlands

6th      Naturist National - Broadlands

7th      Jersey Open Triples

7th      May Day Doubles - Hartley

13th    Southsea Open

13th    Home Nations Qualifier

20th    Anglia Qualifier - St Faiths



28th      Pen-Y-Coed Petanque East Anglian Air Ambulance Doubles British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds In aid of The East Anglian Air Ambulance

Registration: 9.30am        Start of play:   10.00am                                

The competition will be five games run on a ‘snake’ format, followed by top four teams going into a 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th play off.

Licensed bar and food available

Entry fees    -    £14.00 per team

Please bring a raffle prize. No entries on the day. No refunds.

Entries strictly in advance with payment by Wednesday 23th May. All proceeds will go to the Air Ambulance.

Send registration form and cheques to: Pen-y-Coed Petanque, Up Street, Bardwell, Nr. Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk. IP31 1AA

Tel:  01359 250829             e-mail:  

26th 28thPetanque England Titles Weekend Gravesend Kent





3rd        Anglia  Adult Junior competition British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk


9th        NPC Gold Cup Pairs The Cottage Norwich


9thLondon Petanque International Triples Crystal Palace Thicket Road London SE19 2GA Limited to 64 teams. Entry £30.00 per team


10th     Anglia Qualifier 3 if required

10th    Open Triples - Gravesend


16th     WSF Nine Boule Triples St Faiths Norwich

17th    Martin Birkhead Doubles Trophy - Woodcocks, Lincoln

17th    Southampton City Triples


24th    Anglia Regional Doubles - Bob Carter Centre

24th    Oxshott Doubles




1st        Suffolk V Norfolk British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

1st       Mayor of Gravesham Triples - Gravesend

4th        Andre Conan Melee The Cottage Norwich

8th      Anglia v Eastern - Burwell

15th    Anglia Triples - Freethorpe

15th    Adur Bastille Day Doubles

22nd     Bob Carter Prime Pairs Bob Carter Centre Norwich

22nd   Arundel Open Doubles



22nd  Seventh Annual St Peter South Elmham Boules Championship 22nd July 2018 To be Held at Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall

Registration 9.30am – Please Note – No Entries on the Day

Leagues followed by knockout

Entry Fee £24.00 per team (4 people) Entries Close 15th July 2018

This a fun event aimed at all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary.

Food and drink will be available during the day.


Proceeds in aid of St Peter's Church


29th    Anglia Singles - The Cottage Norwich

29th    Worthing Open Doubles





4th        Kath Watts Pairs The Cottage Norwich

5th        Anglia Regional Over 50’s Pairs Great Ellingham

5th       Adur Open Doubles

12th 13th Home Nations Championship

19th    Coates Village Doubles

19th    Oxshott Open Triples

19th    Circle in the Sand Walcott Beach depending on tides

26th    Fareham Open Triples

27th    International Doubles – Meadow





2nd        Golden Boule Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club

Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

£10.00 per team 10.00 for 10.30 start Prizes for top 3 teams  Limited to 20 teams.

Bar and Food from 12 noon

9th      Paolos Fixed Coche - Arlesey

9th      Open Triples - Gravesend

15th to

16th      Inter Regional Championships Hayling Island

22nd     Norman Guest Memorial Pairs

22nd      Over 50’s Doubles Petanque England

23rd      Anglia Region Gin Trap Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

23rd      Southampton City Doubles

30th      Fixed Coche Pairs - Bob Carter




6th 7th  Petanque England Champion of Champions

7th        Radio Norfolk Triples The Cottage Norwich

7th       Handcross Autumn Doubles

14th     Stimpson Doubles Trophy - Woodcocks, Lincoln

15th      Norfolk v Suffolk

21st      Anglia Chiltern East Midlands Tri Way - Burwell

21st      Hartley Doubles





4th      Open Doubles - Gravesend

4th      Adur Autumn Doubles

11th    Cobbetts Open Doubles

11th    Icicle Doubles - Lordswood

25th    Petanglais - The Plough, Langford




9th      Christmas Hamper Doubles - Meadow

27th    Arundel Winter Doubles

29th    Snowboules - Luton



Please check with organisers as competitions are subject to change and maybe limited on numbers or licence holders only

PS  Keep an eye on our page of the month as the fixtures will soon be coming in thick and fast for the tournaments next year. If you are organising competitions please let us know and we will put them on our site free of charge.

Also has all the coaching tips featured on these pages from the past

Welcome to 2018 February's coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.


Vision and Dedication

February is the quietest petanque month on the piste;  January brings out the hardy players looking for a bit of action and 28 teams at the Adur Snowboule doubles tells the story that a bit of sunshine can make players emerge to blow the cobwebs away. But it is freezing and February still holds the icy grip of winter over most pistes. It is not all inactivity however, this month is when the committees and organisers do a great deal of preparation for the forthcoming season. The background work often goes un noticed but without it venues are not arranged, leagues cannot run and events can clash. It is not easy work and mostly thankless. These people are the backbone of the sport and if you can help or attend a meeting they will be pleased to see you if you are offering time and assistance. It takes a great deal of vision to sort out events when the frost and ice is on the ground, these people can picture the venues 4 to 5 months away bathed in sunshine. It is not without criticism these dedicated few carry out their work but this is the month to get involved. Helpers in these early stages will blossom into benefits for all come the summer.

We at Pen-Y-Coed Petanque are also not idle in the winter months. A new year brings new products and new trophies to catalogue and add to our web site.  2018 will bring some important changes to our stock as products are improved and new lines will be added to our range. Over this month our web site will be updated as the products are described and uploaded for your attention and interest.

So on to 2018, the coaching tips are back. This February we will just be looking and reading, leaving the outdoor practice to braver souls.


Improve your game for 2018

Coaching tip 1. Feb. Get a grip!

This month we are looking at boule control. The reality is the player throwing the boule only has control of the boule while they are holding and throwing it. All the leaning over in the circle and scuffing the feet once the boule has left the hand is irrelevant, amusing, but irrelevant.  The boule will take the course you gave it, apart from the odd kick off a stone etc. So how do you increase the control of the boule? Well you can hang on to it a bit longer! It is all about the backswing. Now we always at this point in the coaching tips, pop off to a couple of other sports to make the point. Golf is always a great friend of our sessions. Think of a golf swing. Is the club brought back right over the players head just for power, well, yes, but also direction. The work done on the practice pitches is all about a smooth straight swing. Power but also a controlled direction of hit.   The same with archery. The pull back of the bow is to give maximum control over the arrow. Once it leaves the bow it’s on its own.

So back to petanque, the boule can be controlled by holding it longer, that does not mean jiggling it up and down in your hand or doing some strange doggy paddle motion before you throw. It is all about the back swing. Some players like to bring their arm forward before the backswing to line up the shot, feel free but it is the route your arm takes from it’s furthest point of the backswing that assists the throw.

The further you bring your arm back the longer you will have influence over the boule and the straighter it will go. The height and release will usually be the same as you usually throw but by bringing your arm back further than you would normally would will bring benefits. During the cold months it is important to warm up and keep warm when playing so the extra back swing does not pull those muscles but you may find it easier than you think. The main benefit will be your boule will go straighter but you will also find it goes further with the same effort. This can put people off the backswing, especially on fast terrains as the boule rocket down the piste. It is a technique that needs to be mastered. It is not a fix all solution but a step to better play. The backswing is about control not power on these fast pistes. So with your own boule, after you have warmed up, hold it in your hand palm uppermost to ensure a good grip and a comfortable hold on the boule. Make sure you are balanced and comfortable on your feet. Turn your hand over and bring your arm back to where you would normally throw from. Now bring your arm back around three to four inches more and then throw your boule.

You may find the boule goes further than you imagined and this is something you will need to correct when playing. Remember to move the chosen landing spot closer to you to start with. Your arm and shoulder may feel strange as you pull your arm back to this new position. If it hurts do not do it.  It will feel a little odd as the effort required to throw your boule is reduced but with all new techniques prepare for your game to decline before it improves. Watch out for the other arm when concentrating on the backswing. It will need to be behind you in a balanced way. The release will also need to be straight otherwise all that work with the back swing will be wasted in the last faction of the throw. Side benefits will be those 10 metre jacks will no longer be out of reach. If you practice the back swing with a nice straight forward throw it may come in very handy on deeper pistes or long jacks. The practice of this shot may not replace your own throw but it could give you another tool to get out when you need it. Think control, think backswing and be quietly pleased with the results.

So to recap. Get comfortable with your feet in the circle. Get a nice grip on the boule with no use of the thumb. Backswing. Straight release. Your other hand should be behind you. 5 simple steps to a good throwing action.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

Hope this helps.


Phil Boarder


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