A sport enjoyed by all ages

Welcome to Eastern Counties Region Pétanque offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play Pétanque. 

Being involved in sport is good for our overall health, both physical and mental. Playing boule is good way of getting exercise, socialising, meeting new friends and improving our overall wellbeing.

If you are new to Pétanque and want to know more, you can learn about the game or find a club in your area. Everyone is welcome! 

A sport enjoyed by all ages

Welcome to Eastern Counties Region Pétanque offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play Pétanque.  

Being involved in sport is good for our overall health, both physical and mental. Playing boule is good way of getting exercise, socialising, meeting new friends and improving our overall wellbeing.

If you are new to Pétanque and want to know more, you can learn about the game or find a club in your area. Everyone is welcome!  

Latest News

ECR AGM

13th January 2023. The Eastern Counties Region AGM 2023 will be held on Saturday 13th January at Birchanger

BDPL Charity Melee

10th September 2023. The BDPL held a Charity Melee on 10th September 2023 at Chequers in Great Tey,

Latest News

ECR AGM

13th January 2023. The Eastern Counties Region AGM 2023 will be held on Saturday 13th January at Birchanger

BDPL Charity Melee

10th September 2023. The BDPL held a Charity Melee on 10th September 2023 at Chequers in Great Tey,

What is Pétanque?

Learn how to play

“Pétanque” is pronounced as pêtonk or pay-tonk and is also known as boules. It is a sport that is enjoyed by all, from those who enjoy the game socially to those that want to compete locally, nationally, or internationally at elite level.  It is a game of skill and tactics available to all.  It’s exciting, easy to learn and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.  The best way to learn is to give it a go – get in touch and we can help you get started.

Benefits of Pétanque

Although pétanque is not an aerobic sport, it does demand a high degree of physical stamina to play throughout an entire day, a requirement of many tournaments and competitions. 

It allows players who may not feel able to compete in more physically explosive sports to experience the enjoyment of taking part in a genuinely competitive environment, often for the first time in their lives.

It requires judgement of distance and line and the ability to vary your technique and delivery depending on what type of surface or slope is being used, in many ways having more in common with golf than most other sports.

A Family Sport

This is one of the few sports in which men and women, boys, and girls, the retired and their grandchildren can compete on equal teams, either in discrete competitions or altogether. It is promoted as a family sport. Particularly with youngsters, it helps to develop the ability to concentrate for long periods, a quality less obviously employed in today’s culture of instant gratification and rapid technological response.

Pétanque is a sport than can be played socially between a group of friends, or it can be a very competitive sport. It is up to the individual player to determine what they want to get out of the sport. Much of that decision will depend upon the individual’s commitment of time and what their ambitions are.