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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 4th January 2019




27thAdur Snowboules Doubles on Sunday 27 January 2019 at Impulse Leisure Centre, Old Shoreham Road, Lancing BN15 0PH. Leagues and knockout. £6 per player £3 juniors. Registration from 9.15 for a 10.00 am start. Entries to


8th  London Petanque Club Presents The London Petanque  Championship

Saturday 8 June 2019 At Crystal Palace Thicket Road L London Se19 2ga Prize Money Totalling  £5,500 Registration Is  Now Open  £30 Per  Triples Team  Entry Open To All

See Www.Londonpetanqueclub.Uk/Crystalpalace2019 For Details


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.

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This new section is designed to promote clubs and their activities as well as contacts.

The Carnoustie Petanque Club, situated at The Aboukir Hotel, 38 Ireland Street, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland DD7 6AT (entrance off Arbroath Road).
Affiliated to the Scottish Petanque Association.
The Club playing times are: Tuesdays & Thursdays  2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Visitors welcome.
Contacts are: Chairman- Harry Ritchie, tel; 01241-852281    e-mail:
                Secretary John Davidson, tel: 01241-853666   e-mail:

If you would like your club here please ask. During holidays petanque players love to pop into local clubs to have a game or two!

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


November jobs

Piste maintenance.

So, you have followed all the instructions and advice and have a lovely new piste all ready for action. Well, the piste will take a bit of time to settle in. No matter how much you compact the surface of the piste it will still settle of its own accord. This takes time. The top finer layers of gravel will settle into the larger sub structure. This can be due to rain, walking on the piste as well as playing on it. We are trying to recreate a dusty French courtyard with rock and gravel so it may take some time. With the British weather this can be up to 2 years to get a nice compact even but not level surface to play Petanque on. The absorption of the top fine layers into the piste will give a nice hard surface but you may need to have a little extra top layer so the piste can be fed. The addition should not make the piste too deep but it will need to be carried out. The main thing to remember is the sub structure may settle at different rates and the impact of boule into one area may cause the lower larger stone to come up through the top layers. This can be annoying as it looks like the piste is breaking up. The solution is to hammer these stones back into the piste and firm down the surrounding area. One of the reasons this happens is the players always take the circle to the back of the piste to start an end. This means the boule tend to land in the same place when thrown and these constant impacts upset the balance of the sub structure. A new piste needs to be played on all over so be aware the circle may need to be placed in different places when practicing to ensure even impact on the piste. Practicing shooting on a new piste is ok but you will need to ensure the target boule is not in the same place all the time as this can destroy a new piste. If the sub structure comes up and is not replaced into the piste then you will have a hole or dip form in the piste. This may be an ideal home advantage, but this hole will grow like a pot hole over time. The ground will give natural contours as the piste settles so you will still have home advantage.

Other things to watch out for are build up of finer gravel along the edges and ends. After play the piste should be raked so this extra gravel is placed back into the centre of the piste. This will protect the substructure and ensure a flatter piste. Use a leaf rake for this for the first two years. A normal rake will snag on the substructure and pull it out of the ground as you rake.

After the piste has settled you could take some of this top level away if you want a faster piste but for the first two years it is best left. Players may complain the piste is too deep but this is a step that is needed to ensure a superb piste in the future.

If the piste has not settled or you wish to harden the playing area, sweep the fine topping off the piste and then give it an industrial wacker plate treatment and then sweep the top layer back over the piste. This allows the wacker plate to impact on the lower areas of the substructure rather than bounce off the layer of fine gravel.

Once you are up and running the piste will need only occasional work in the autumn.    

A little leaf clearance and some maintenance carried out during this time will prepare and free up time when the summer returns to actually playing the game we love. Remember leaves piled up at the side of pistes will rot the wood boundaries if you are not careful over the winter. A quick rake up and maintenance at this time of year is a lot easier if players are not trying to practice shooting!  Do not make the mistake of lighting a bonfire on your pitch, the ash will be difficult to remove after the fire has gone and may ruin the drainage. It will leave soot and ash on the piste which will make players hands dirty. Also any wood burnt will throw out the most amazing amount of nails and screws to be left on the piste for the summer.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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