What is Petanque?
It can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces, with metal boules rolled or tossed to the jack.
Pétanque is a game which all can enjoy at any age and with any level of skill and the equipment is not expensive. Usually all that is required is a set of three matching boules which can be acquired from any good sports shop.
- Develops team play, concentration, tactics and strategy
Competition class boules are sold in sets of 3 by different weights, sizes, patterns and hardness and the cost starts from around £50 a set.
More than 50 teams play pétanque (the French game of boules) in Rutland every Tuesday evening in the spring and summer. The league was established in 1993 with nine teams, is now in its 21st year. It now has 6 divisions of between 8 and 10 teams in each, 3 local divisions (North, Central and South), Division 2, Division 1 and a Premier Division. We also hold the Greene King Cup and the Turner Plate Competition, in which all teams play, which is played during the season.
The only equipment you will need is a set of boules but many clubs will be able to loan you sets as well as advise where and what boules to buy.
- Pétanque - pronounced "pay-tank"