Kent Petanque Association
Pétanque in Kent is a much bigger sport than most people would imagine, with several different leagues in operation in the County.
Kent Pétanque League is, by some way, the largest pétanque league in the country.
Pétanque is a game which can be readily played successfully by young and old, men and women. Juniors, under the age of 18, play in many of the teams in the League and in this regard pétanque is a recreation which enjoys an almost unique family element in a competitive environment.
Our league season lasts from April through to September and matches are played on Wednesday nights with most clubs having a practice night, usually Tuesdays. Turning up on a league night will at least allow you to find out about joining the clubs.
In addition many Clubs run open competitions which normally take place on Sundays and details of some of those will be included in this website.
The majority of clubs operate from pubs, though there are several in Sports and Social Clubs also in the league.
The pétanque terrain (piste) is usually open to the public, on non-club nights, free of charge and in many clubs boules can be hired very cheaply for you to try out the sport.
The vast majority of clubs welcome new players and most will take time to teach newcomers the basics of the game.
Up and Coming Events/Competitions
Due to the anouncment we receive this morning from Petanque England regarding sports within Pubs not being allowed to go ahead at present, and due to 2/3's of the registered teams being in pubs, the KPL have decided to delay the start of the league season until 19th May. We still are waiting for firm confirmation from Sport England that 17th May is the definative date for reopening.
Those teams that registered to be in the league that still have to confirm
their venue opening please do so asap based on the above date and notify
the KPL asap.
The league intro document is now avaliable in the KPL menu, and we have
a starting date of 5th May and then wednesdays there after.
We have now received the final calendar from Pétanque England so have worked to confirm our dates.
Venues will be confirmed in the future but we thought it was important to get the regional dates communicated to members ASAP.
We are aware a few of these dates are consecutive Sundays, and one of them is Father’s Day, but with the calendar being so compressed these are the only dates that are workable. Remember, only 4 out of 5 results count towards the final regional rankings, and a team of 3 can still play in any regional qualifier event.
Q1 Sunday 18th April - GRFC
KPA Regional Qualifier 1 flyer below, please note that all KPA events
this year will be pre-entry only. This will allow us to plan for numbers
attending, and also save the handling of any cash on the day.
Good evening, the KPA management committee just wanted to post a little update to let members know that work is going on behind the scenes in anticipation of a return to play next month. Processes and procedures are being put in place to enable us to get up and running safely and securely when the time comes.
With this in mind, and with other tournaments starting to be advertised, we also wanted to let members know that we are planning to hold the first KPA regional qualifier on Sunday 18th April.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you on a piste soon!
The KPL officers want to assure everyone who plays in the league programme
that we will announce the arrangements for the 2021 season as soon as
we can once the Government’s and Petanque England’s guidelines
Summer League 2021
The Summer League registration email has gone out to all captains for the KPL comittee to asses interest and to see what type of tournament we will be able to run this year.
Please register your teams asap so we can put something together.
It is with the deepest regret I inform you of the sad passing of David yesterday morning in hospital having suffered a heart attack.
He leaves his wife Jean and three daughters, Louise, Michelle and Jo, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
David was a playing member of the Bat and Ball Petanque Club in Gravesend and served tirelessly as Treasurer on both the KPA and KPL management committees.
Our thoughts and prayers at this sad time are with his family and friends.
If anyone is planning to run a competition during the remainder of 2020, and wishes to advertise it please send me a flyer on email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ill add it onto the website list.
League Update 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and the guidelines that have been currently set out by the government and Petanque England, the League committee has decided to cancel the Summer League for 2020.
We cant see there being enough lift in the restrictions in the forseeable future to enable us to run any sort of League competition.
Below is how the leagues would of been for this year and what we propose is that we carry this over to 2021 Summer Season.
We will confirm teams as usual in Jan/Feb to confirm all current teams are still avaliable to participate and maybe some more new teams and amend the divisions as required.
Please forward these details to your teams etc.
Dear KPA member,
As a valued member of the Kent Petanque Association, it is with regret we advise you that following the latest Government advice on the coronavirus pandemic, all official KPA competitions are postponed for a three month period with immediate effect.
This will of course include the next three Kent Regional Qualifiers and the KPA Singles and Shooting competitions.
We have a duty of care to ensure safeguarding of all our members and therefore feel we have no option but to take this action.
Please take heed of all sensible advice and stay safe and healthy.
Good luck and best wishes,
Railway Doubles this Sunday has been cancelled
Winter Cup/Plate Finals
These will be held at Meadow PC on 25th March, with an 8pm start.