A GAME FOR ALL AGES!
Everyone can enjoy the game of Petanque (French Boules) be they occasional players, club members or international specialists. Few sports offer opportunities for a wide range of people to play equally against one another. Above all, it is a very sociable game with club games and league or international competitions having a very friendly and encouraging atmosphere. You can play in a singles game with just 2 players, a doubles game with 4 or a triples with 6. Basic equipment is much cheaper than bowls as well. If you just want to play for fun you can find sets (3 boules and a ‘jack’ or ‘coche’) for under £20 online. Competition sets are a bit more expensive at around £70 but you can make use of the competition-standard Club equipment by using the contact points below. Children can play too – we have lighter, smaller sets of boules for children of 7-18 years.
The game is very easy to learn. Unlike lawn bowls, there is no bias in the balls (boules) and so learning basic technique is much simpler. Games can be played on an equal basis between people of all ages, gender and ability so anybody can play a game against just about anyone else. The rules allow wheelchair and disabled players to compete on equal terms too. Look carefully and you’ll see that our court in Ystradowen has a disabled access point through the wooden surround!!
YSTRADOWEN PETANQUE CLUB
Ystradowen Petanque Club was formed in 2019 to:
- develop the sport,
- maintain the courts (pistes) built with EU grant funding in 2018
- compete in the South Wales Clubs League
offer a route through to national and international competitions
Our club plays in Division 3 of the National League as Ystradowen Newts. Most of our team members had never played Petanque formally before the club was formed last April but we have improved our understanding and skills by meeting and learning from other more experienced players in the South Wales region.
As a result, we have steadily improved and have even won a couple of games recently against more experienced opponents!
We now have 14 fully registered members. Most of them have become confident enough even in this short time to want to play in the National League. A few others are happy just to play against friends in the village, with visitors or with others within the club. In all, about 100 people have played in Ystradowen this summer (2019).
Club nights are very informal and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 until dark. Sunday mornings from 11.00 will also see players on the pistes behind the “Astroturf”. Don’t forget we have boules that you can borrow if you want to give it a go and you can become more expert than you might think in very short time. So if you are looking for a new activity, friendly competition or to meet more people in the village, do get in touch.
If you are interested in playing please contact our club secretary, Chris Howard on 07711062421 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to borrow equipment, join the club yourself or organise a group activity for your own family or friendship groups.