To Pétanque England


“Pétanque” is pronounced as pêtank, 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 internationally at elite level.

We are the National Governing Body for the sport in England and are officially recognised by Sport England. We are members of the World governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP) and the European governing body, the Confédération Européenne de Pétanque (CEP), we are also members of the Sport + Recreation Alliance.

PE’s structure of 17 regions means there will be a club near you. We always welcome new players and we would love to introduce you to our sport.







The best place to start if you want to try pétanque for the first time is to contact one of our clubs. They welcome everybody and would love to introduce you to our sport.

From social play to more serious competition, there’s something on offer for all and many of our clubs have coaches who would be delighted to teach you the basics. All our elite international level players started at grassroots level and who knows, you could be representing our country in the future!

Pétanque people are friendly people and we have a highly accessible sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. There are parts of England where there are greater concentrations of clubs, but wherever you live, you should be able to find somewhere to play. If there’s nothing near to you we can help you set up a club.

Click on the buttons below to search for a club by region or by using our interactive map where by clicking on a location marker, you will be able to find contact details for someone involved in running a club.

If you are running a club that’s not on our map, please do get in touch. We’d also love to hear from clubs that are not yet part of PE to discuss how you can join our growing community.



Here’s where it all starts in our sport. Our coaches particularly love working with young players and helping them develop their skills. Our national youth teams compete at European and World levels and travel the globe.



Espoir means ‘hope’ in French and is the transition between our youth teams and our senior teams. Players are under 23 and we compete in both male and female categories at European level.



Our senior teams include Men, Women and Veterans (over 55 years old). They all compete at National, European and World levels in the main formats of our sport – Singles, Doubles and Triples.

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We like to film matches and let our members showcase their skills. We’re not a professional video operation, but we do our best to produce videos or livestream matches (dependent on WiFi connectivity) via our official Facebook page. Where possible we commentate so that everyone can appreciate tactics and gameplay as well as understand what the score is!

We hope that our videos give a real flavour of the sport in action and also show how our leading players can compete at European and World levels.

We try to get around and video top competitions both nationally and internationally, so look out for new coverage. You can visit our video library in Results. Happy viewing!



We are enthusiastic about introducing new people to our sport and then helping our members improve their skills.

It’s very easy to learn the basics of pétanque and our clubs can get complete novices up and running in a short space of time. Before you know it, you will be pointing and shooting and getting that first win under your belt by getting a winning score of 13 points!

Although a very easy sport for people to start playing, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. That’s where our coaches come in, teaching our members how to improve their technique, tactics and mental approach. How to hold a boule, stance, different ways to point and shoot, game play, deciding what the next best play should be and keeping calm under pressure are all part of perfecting your mastery of the sport.

Teamwork is a big part of pétanque and working with your playing partners is one of the most enjoyable parts. So many long-term friendships have been forged on a pitch.

Our expanding network of coaches are on hand to give help and advice. Our clubs organise regular sessions and if you are a beginner they will be able to point you in the right direction.

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