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Up Street, Bardwell,
Nr, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 
IP31 1AA



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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 19th March 2018




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


Coaching.  Good or Bad?

Improve your game

Players looking to improve their game will always benefit from coaching. Taking the time to want to get better at your sport is the first step, but for some players, it can be a difficult and sometimes a backward step. Here we look closely at the coach, the coaching and the players looking to improve.

Petanque is just one of those games you can play straight away. The rules maybe a bit complicated at first but nearly everyone can throw a boule in the direction of another. Players who play with experienced players will also get the backspin throw fairly quickly. They are then off to play the game and any bad habits get ground in to their play. This is not to say they are bad players. I have seen many people who have been playing for years adapting their stance, throw and tactics to accommodate the built in errors. This can be as simple as throwing the boule softer with no backspin to the more extreme action of landing two feet off line for the boule to screw sidways to the jack because the thumb is giving side spin and they are making allowances when they throw. These teams can be difficult to beat as sometimes their boule are not always where you expect them to be. Six boule thrown towards the jack can cover a lot of ground, back boule are placed there by a bad throws. Front short boule again find themselves in the way of your team.  To see an inexperienced player spin a boule in from the side round your great front boule can catch many players out.

The Coach

So the coach has a difficult task with these established players who win a fair few games in their current style. The coach will know these players will decline in performance and find it very hard to play to the new style. They enjoy the game and anyway, did they not beat you last week? You remember you had a bit of steam coming from your ears. How we laughed!

The decline in play is to be expected in any sport after coaching. It is recognised by coaches but they need to get this point over to players in their care. Most will scoff at the thought of getting worse before they get better and this is why many coaches do not offer their expertise.  Many wait for the request and to be honest I think this is the right approach.


Coaching will improve your game. There is no doubt about it, but you will need to play through the new style as it can be a difficult time. The beginning of the season is the ideal time to take on board some personnal development. Some coaching needs to be done at an agreed time before an event so this flat spot can be played through. Little point in getting a team together 2 weeks before a big event as the flat spot can take four maybe five weeks to disappear and confidence in the new style develops.


If you require coaching, and it maybe you only have a small problem that is easily fixed, then you can ask for a one to one or arrange a coach to come to your club. Most regions have a great structure in place for this to happen. The timing is key but also the attitude is of primary importance. You really do want to improve. You need to take on board the coaching and it maybe you only use a small section of the session. Some players will never iron out all the problems but when the chips are down and things are going badly you can only take your mind back to the coaching sessions for help. The third week of playing boule when you were new to the sport may have been your golden moment but that could have been years ago and in the mists of time how you played so well is lost. Only coaching can register in the mind as a fix when things go wrong.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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