What is Pétanque? – steel balls (called boule, a French word) are thrown from a circle marked on the ground towards a small jack some distance away with the nearest boules scoring winning points. You can play in singles, doubles or triples with the aim of the game being to be the first player or team to reach 13 points.
Pétanque is a simple game for players of all ages and experience and our membership covers a wide range in both age and ability. If you are interested then this could be the game for you, so why don’t you come along to Fernwood Pétanque Club and try it and taste an experience you will never forget! You can try the sport three times before deciding if you want to join the club. You can even borrow club boules for a short period so there is no outlay at the outset.
You will meet new friends and have fun at the same time at our friendly and sociable club, where there are both outdoor and indoor sessions (we play with soft boules indoors), so play can continue even in bad weather.
Fernwood Pétanque Club has been running since 2012 and currently has around 40 members. Outside play takes place on the gravel playing surface (called a piste, another French word) next to the tennis courts and is divided into 6 lanes so that 6 games can be played at the same time. Fernwood Village Hall hosts the indoor play. Our Friday session is followed by a bring and share picnic style buffet lunch.
Our club takes part in competitions and friendlies and is one of eleven clubs in the regional pétanque association, Mercia. Some of our members take part in the Mercia Sherwood Shield Competition (held in summer) which we have previously won and also the Mercia Winter League Competition. We play friendlies with other Mercia clubs as well as clubs from outside of our region. We also hold competitions for club members only. As a club we often take holidays together, where we relax and have fun, although we also try and play petanque when we can. This year some of us went to Benidorm and Fuerteventura and in September a few of us took part in an inter-regional tournament near Portsmouth. We frequently holiday with Warners Leisure Hotels at their coastal holiday complexes in Corton and Gunton, both near Lowestoft, Suffolk, where we all let our hair down!
Fernwood Pétanque Club has five weekly sessions which you can drop into:
Sundays 1.30–3.30pm (Winter), 2-4pm (Summer).
Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm (Winter), 4-6pm (Summer).
Wednesday 11.30am-1.30pm all year (indoor in Fernwood Village Hall)
Thursday 1.30-3.30pm (Winter), 4-6pm (Summer).
Friday 11.00am-12.30pm all year, bring and share picnic style buffet lunch 12.30-1.30pm (lunch in Fernwood Village Hall).
We welcome new members of all ages and experience and we are keen to promote the game to the younger generation.
For more information please call either Madhu (Captain) on 07884072984 or John (Chair) on 07811648378 or Elaine (Membership Secretary) on 07852676983. Further information can be found on the Fernwood Pétanque Club website by clicking here.