PETANQUE: Open day at Bourne club

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Bourne Abbots Petanque Club welcomed guests to try the sociable yet competitive French boule game at their open day on Saturday.

Despite the slightly chilly weather, a few people turned up and enjoyed learning how to point, shoot and get close to the cochonnet.

Trying out the French boule game

Trying out the French boule game

After a couple of games and tuition, five people expressed their interest in joining the club and are looking forward to improve on their newly 
acquired skills.

Petanque has become a very popular sport with many clubs being affiliated to the English Petanque Association, and competitions run in spring and summer for those who want to take the sport on a more serious level.

Petanque is a relatively cheap sport as most clubs will lend the equipment for you to play.

An annual membership at Bourne Abbots costs only £20 per adult and just £5 for under-18s. Even people who are not at all sporty can soon become skilled players.

Anybody interested in having a go can contact the club by email at or just turn up at their meeting time – 2pm Wednesdays and Sundays at Abbey Lawn, Abbey Road, Bourne.