The Whitnash Windmill Petanque Club started in June 2005, and moved its home ground and its membership to the Whitnash Sports & Social Club in October 2007.
Starting with around twelve members in 2005, the Petanque Club has developed to a current membership of 98 members (64 ranging from 16 to 92 years of age, and 34 youngsters aged 9 to 15), and the Club is attracting new members and continuing to grow on a regular basis.
Petanque is a sport for all ages and abilities and men and women compete with and against each other on equal terms. It provides a good form of exercise and is an excellent way of socialising, which is very beneficial to all members, young and old. Members can use the Petanque Section purely as a source of sporting and social activities, but many more experienced and capable members frequently represent the Club in Regional and National events.
Since becoming part of the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, the Section, together with the main club, has developed a fantastic, purpose-built, floodlit terrain which is the envy of Petanque Clubs around the country, to the extent that, last year, the English Ladies Top 8 finals were held at the Club and the Club was also proud to be invited to host a National EPA (English Petanque Association) competition. The facilities, including a new Pavilion, are being improved all the time, subject to available funds and the recruitment of new members is a regular and ongoing occurrence, mainly due to the success and pro-activeness of the section and its members.
The Section holds Monday club nights (from 7.15pm)and Friday afternoon sessions (from 2pm) every week of the year, providing continuous activities for its members, and frequent competitions (club competitions, regional and national) are organised throughout the year.
This year, the Petanque Club entered five teams in the West Midlands Regional Summer League competition, such is the strength of their membership and thirteen members of the Whitnash Petanque Club represented the West Midlands Region in the National Championships in September 2010. The Section is becoming a source to be reckoned with, and has gained respect and praise for the way in which it runs its affairs and develops the sport in the region.
In 2009, the Petanque Section took the initiative to develop the sport with the youngsters of Whitnash, by organising a weekly After School Petanque Club in association with St Margaret’s C of E Junior School. In the past two years, 30 youngsters have been introduced to the sport and many have continued to play on a weekly basis with the Club. Two of the Club’s members are EPA Coaches, and it is intended that coaching sessions will be held for members (adults and juniors) in the forthcoming year in order to raise the standard of play and encourage members to play competitively.
The Petanque Club intends to continue its pro-active approach to encouraging new members (of all abilities) through the initiatives already in place, in order to develop the sport.
For more information please email Richard Sparkes