Kent Petanque Association
in Kent is a much bigger sport than most people would imagine, with several
different leagues in operation in the County.
Pétanque League is, by some way, the largest pétanque league
in the country.
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.
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.
many Clubs run open competitions which normally take place on Sundays
and details of some of those will be included in this website.
of clubs operate from pubs, though there are several in Sports and Social
Clubs also in the league.
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.
majority of clubs welcome new players and most will take time to teach
newcomers the basics of the game.
Up and Coming Events/Competitions
Please see competitions bottom left for current flyers.
Statement from Bob Gaywood - Chairman on behalf of the KPA
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hugh Aldred.
Many Kent players will remember Hugh, a top level player in his time,
winning numerous competitions for Kent. A very intense player, and a one
time high calibre shooter. More recently, he returned to his home County
of Suffolk, and was enjoying playing in the Suffolk Coastal Petanque league
for the Leiston Engineers until his health deteriorated. Previously, he
had played for the Luddesdown Cocks, Duke of Wellington Fighting Cocks
and the Railway Roosters.
David Simpson (Whitehouse)
David’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 14th July at 2.00pm at
Holy Trinity Coxheath.
Because of the current restrictions, it will not be possible for all
to be physically present, but the service will be broadcast online. Details
are as follows:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 5047 7011
If you would like to be outside the church when David arrives, please
feel free to do so but please remember social distancing guidelines.
Please park with consideration
It was with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of
Michael Toulson. He unfortunately lost his four year battle with cancer
and passed away at home on 31st March 2021. He first starting playing
in 1988 with Battle of Britain PC and in 1996 moved to the Bat & Ball
PC. He played across all divisions in the Kent pétanque league
and Kent regional qualifiers within that period and made many friends.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Kay, daughter Katie, son James and
players of the Bat & Ball PC.
Please be aware that 2 teams registered in the league for this year lost
there venue, but they have managed to secure a new ones
Singleton Barn - Eastwell Manor Hotel. Eastwell Park.
Boughton Lees. Ashford Kent TN25 4HR for this coming season.
Crown Jewels - The Warren (Met Police Hayes Sports Club),
Croydon Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7AL
Also Ightham PC have had to withdraw at last minuite so Lordswood Zephr
have been promoted to Div 3 and a bye put in Div 4 please re check your
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
We are conscious that many of the clubs are based alongside premises that
have been forced to be closed during the covid 19 problem, and are not
likely to be re-opened until the middle of April, therefore we do not
expect any league programme to commence before the end of the month.
It is possible that we can get a twenty-two weeks period which would enable
a full league programme to take place for a ten-team league, with two
spare weeks in each half of the season.
Unfortunately, there is a reluctance from clubs/teams to indicate their
intention to take part, and if like last year we only get fourteen teams
enter overall, we will have to restructure for the season.
Those teams that paid the entry fee for the league last year have that
fee carried over, regardless of whether they took part in the 2020 cup/plate/consolage
competition. Those that didn’t, need to pay for 2021 season and
need to register.
Many players didn’t renew their PE membership last year, and all
will need to ensure membership is up to date for the coming season if
they are to play.We will keep you informed once we have details of the
back to play situation.
Mike, Alan and Sue