Wednesday, 1 May 2013

History of Pétanque!

Event - Pétanque Taster Day
Committee - Arts & Leisure
Date - 14th May
Time - 10am for 10.30am - 3pm
Venue - Algernon Firth Park, WF16 0HH
Cost - £14 (£19 non members)

So what is Pétanque? Well, it is a form of boules where you are standing with both feet inside a starting circle, which is on hard dirt or gravel, you then throw metal balls with the goal being to get it close enough to the wooden ball named the cochonnet.

The first signs of this type of sport was during the time of the ancient Greeks where they are though to have tossed coins, stones and balls for it to go as far as possible, which was as early as 6th century BC.
The ancient Romans expanded on this by using wooden balls and by the 19th century in England it had become Lawn Bowling, but the earliest sign of Pétanque was in 1907 in Provence in the South of France.

In France, around 17 million people play Pétanque and it is widely played in Spain also. Worldwide and in their own countries people have tournaments and championships for this sport such as their are 600,000 licensed Pétanque players within the International Federation of Pétanque and Provencal Game. There is also  The Pétanque World Championships held every two years in various locations and there is a Main Individual Tournament held in Marseilles every year.

We hope everyone at this Taster Day has an amazing time, unfortunately we are fully booked for the date given, but if you would like a second date please contact the office on 0113 2550810 or westyorksfed@gmail.com

Look our for our next History Of... with Embroidery!