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
A little 'story' about the "2019 Kent Junior Teams" this Sunday gone:-
They really did you proud Janice.
For I was amazed at the affect they had on the event throughout the day, also I consider they all did extremely well from the youngest to the oldest. All the adult teams really knew the '2019 Junior' teams were present (in their new team strip), due to their obvious enthusiasm & determination to do as well as they could regardless.
Their play, tactics & working together in their triples, the behaviour, knowledge of the rules & the courtesies of the sport was amazing in my view & outstanding. Even seeing those of your triple taking over the pointing & shooting tactics on several occasions was a delight to see & hear .
I was impressed to see them perform against the adult teams, not having seen any such cohesion & boule play from any previous junior squads of recent years.
As they stood out so much I did take a few photos of them all, which you will see.
We would like to begin by saying how very proud we are of our little
bunch of juniors, which includes Luke Thornton, Sophie Rowley,Finley Davies,
Tegan Finley, Zac Finley, George Martin, Callum Hickman, Jessica Hickman
and Ethan Hickman. They have all taken part in the NYS training sessions
at various locations, and the feedback received shows they have good skills
and knowledge of the game. Considering their educational commitments,
they have shown total commitment to the game of pétanque. Luke
and Callum are in the NYS B Squad and Sophie is in the Female Development
Squad, also part of the B Squad. Being in the NYS Squad is a commitment
in itself. The home training is quite rigorous and takes quite a bit of
time to complete and has to be in by a certain time scale, and is very
frowned upon if late.
Paul ReillyOf Meadow PC sadly passed away on Tuesday 14th May 2019, aged 62 years. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Miriam, his family and many friends. Flowers may be sent to John Weir Funeral Directors, Rainham, Kent by 1pm on the day or donations in Paul’s memory for 'British Heart Foundation' may be made online. Please feel free to upload any memories or photos you may have of Paul to the Kent Pétanque Facebook group.
The funeral will be held on June 4th, 4pm at:
Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8GZ.
6 June 1934 - 18 April 2019
Monday 13 May at 11.30 Medway Crematorium
The charity Dementia UK has been chosen by Morton's family if anyone would like to donate in his memory and the wake will be held at Lordswood Sports and Social Club, North Dane Way.
Incentive scheme for the Kent Regional Qualifiers 2019
Attached are the final details of an incentive scheme which will give players of all abilities the opportunity to earn credits at each Kent regional qualifier. As the scheme will include teams who finish in the top 14, teams will be rewarded who do not qualify to represent Kent sustaining interest across all 5 Qualifiers. These teams will receive their financial reward at the Chairman's Cup. The earned enhanced subsidy for accommodation will be reflected in invoices issued to teams after the final Regional Qualifier on August 4 2019. Using the bursary from the KPA Triples to part fund the scheme also means potentially 30+ teams can benefit from this funding rather than just 2 teams.
As this is a new scheme it will be monitored and reviewed by the Management Committee.
With thanks to Mike Cubitt for working to develop and finalise the scheme.
Are seeking new members to join their club.
Lost Boule - Have you got a matching set?
Contact Cheryl Curd
On Monday 28th January, Pétanque England published a new calendar. This had a national ranking event on 16th June, which was previously free and we had used for a Kent regional qualifier. After due consideration and in consultation with the playing committee and KPA officers, it was agreed it was unfair to have a clash between a Kent qualifier and a national ranking event.
Therefore we can now confirm the 5 dates of the Kent regional qualifiers will be:
Sunday 19th May - Hartley
The 2019 KPA Playing Calendar was agreed at the Management Committee meeting tonight January 24.
It has been very challenging to bring together this document given that Petanque England already had events on 7 Sundays compared to 4 in 2018. This does not include Easter Sunday.
The Playing Committee did not want to set up clashes for Espoirs, Euro Cup players and those who will participate in national ranking events.
This explains why Regional Qualifiers are starting later ( but hopefully the weather will be better!) and April looks sparse.
Lee JamiesonIt is with the greatest sadness that I have to report that one of the log standing members of our sport, Lee Jamieson, has passed away unexpectedly.
Lee had been a major force for many years, playing in countless competitions around the county, country and beyond, frequently with his wife, Angie and son Ashley.
He had played in and for Kent for a number of years.
Our thoughts are with the whole family at this sad time.
New Ash Green are looking for players please contact email@example.com
KPA Winter League 2018/19 details click here, please let know if there are any issues.
The Playing Committee members are Carolyn Edwins ( Chair), Kevin Spillett, Sheila King and Keith Atkinson. The group meet 2/3 times a season to discuss playing matters with a particular responsibility to finalise the Kent Playing calendar in January each year and finalise teams to represent Kent at the Inter Regional Championships. This is usually towards the end of July or early August. If KPA members have any suggestions to improve petanque in Kent please speak to any member of the Committee who regularly play in the KPL and Sunday tournaments.