PÉTANQUE – A sport which doesn’t require running, jumping or much athleticism. It improves hand/eye coordination, problem solving, teamwork and tolerance; win as a team, lose as a team. It can become highly addictive and is fun to play!
Meet alternate Fridays, 1.50 for 2 pm start, Lancing Manor Leisure Centre
- Sessions held all year, contact numbers held in case of inclement weather and emergency
- Health and safety risk assessment in place
- Up to 60 players (starter equipment for 9 people, regular attendees encouraged to purchase their own equipment)
- Disabled/wheelchair access
- Peer group support/instruction
- Coaching available
Join our Facebook Group/1051553001555691
For more information about this group please contact Group leader Sue Fleck via their website contact form – follow this LINK
Wondering what Pétanque is?
Pétanque is a sport that falls into the category of boules sports, along with Raffa, bocce, boule lyonnaise and to some degree, lawn bowls and crown green bowling. All of these sports share something in common, in that players or teams play their boules/balls towards a smaller target ball. In English, this will commonly be referred to as the Jack, however in France, the correct terminology is the ‘But’ which translates to Goal.
The aim of the game is to be the first player/team to score thirteen points. Points are scored by having one or more of your boules closer to the target than those of your opponent, after all boules have been thrown.
The game is played out over a series of rounds, often referred to as an end, with the scoring team of an end being first to start the next round. Pétanque isn’t just about throwing your Boule to get as close to the target as possible (a method known as pointing).
Alternatively, there are a number of other tactics that can be employed in order to gain the advantage. Shooting your opponents boule is another option that can be applied. Shooting has the potential to remove your opponents boule from the field of play. However, this doesn’t come without risk as if you miss, it could be your boule that exits the field of play. At the highest levels of the sport, shooting is often the preferred option.
Text and photos sourced from this website: https://thisispetanque.com/what-is-petanque.html
Head photo: Facebook Group/Adur Pétanque
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