WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: Pétanque England Inter-Regional Championships 2020 Cancelled

Our friends at Pétanque England have issued the following statement:

The PE Board Meeting met virtually today and a number of playing matters were discussed.

2020 Inter Regional Championships

It is with deep regret that the PE Board has decided in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic that we are left with no alternative than to cancel the 2020 Inter-Regional Championships.

This decision is taken with heavy heart but we have concluded that we are unable to hold and organise such a major event safely for all our members young and old.

Considerable work has been undertaken by the Board to ensure that we were not left with significant financial liabilities and we are very grateful for the support we have received from our partners IoW Tours.

2020 would have been the last time that we would have held the Inter-Regionals at Hayling Island because of their refurbishment and remodelling to a format unsuited to our needs. We are now planning for 2021 and a new venue. We look forward to a major celebration in 2021, where once again we can all gather at the biggest and best national tournament in England.

We will update members when we have more details on the new venue, but just as an advance warning, we are expecting 2021 Inter-Regionals to take place a week earlier in September than they have taken place traditionally.

Although this is disappointing, I’m sure we all agree it is totally understandable, and we applaud the PE Board’s decision to make this call earlier rather than later.

Bob Pugh
WPA National President




WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: Home Nations 2020 Cancelled

The WPA have received the following statement from Colin Stewart, SPA President:

Dear all

It is with regret that I have to inform you that SPA has decided we have no option but to cancel the Home Nations which was scheduled to be played at Troon in August.   This is disappointing but I am sure is of no great surprise to you.  
Our view is that there are likely to be social distancing measures, restrictions on gatherings and travel etc for several months – potentially for the entire season – even if the current lock down is relaxed.  Troon PC has naturally had to suspend all fund raising activities and even if we do get a ‘green light’ before August, there is little time to start fundraising again. Coupled with this, there is the issues your own players might have for making arrangements at short notice.  It’s just not workable in our view.
We’d therefore like to request a 12 month hiatus, but would be delighted to host the tournament in August 2021 if you agree to that? We think this is the best solution and easiest for all parties involved.
I hope you and your families are all well and coping with everything.  
Kind regards
Colin Stewart
Scottish Petanque Association


Although this is disappointing, I’m sure we all agree it is totally understandable, and we applaud the SPA’s decision to make this call earlier rather than later.

Bob Pugh
WPA National President





This morning, news has reached WPA HQ that an, as yet unnamed, Welsh player has smashed the current Precision Shooting World Record by scoring 95 on their own piste in their back garden.

“I was getting some practice in while socially-distancing myself from the wife, and thought I’d have a go as I’ve only done it once before and then only scored 5”, said the player – normally a pointer.

“Imagine my surprise, when I got to 95 and then missed the 9m jack on the very last throw? I was gutted.

“My missus, was filming me on our camcorder from in the house, reckons I bottled it, and offered me the ever-helpful thought – ‘Nobody likes to see that’”.

The player concerned as asked that their name not be released yet as they don’t want the publicity.

The WPA National President and Director of Development have received the video and are reviewing it at the time of writing.

If found to be true, it will be released after mid-day today.

UPDATE: Regrettably, the video tape snapped just as the first boule left the player’s hand, so we are unable to confirm this wild, extravagant claim.


This morning, we received the following statement from Mike Pegg, CEP President:
Dear Federations, Dear Presidents,
We are all in the midst of an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, with daily updates and actions being taken by governments around the world. During these uncertain times health, safety and the well-being of our families, friends and the community at large is paramount. 
I can confirm we are continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for our 2020 Championships, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19.
After discussing the current situation with members of the Spanish Federation we have taken the decision to postpone the Women’s Triples Championship which was scheduled to be held from the 4th to 7th June in Spain.
The landscape is changing day-by-day with COVID-19, and we will adapt our plans accordingly however, for the present time we are now scheduling the 10th European Triples Championship for Women to take place in Torrelavega, Spain from the 29th October to the 1st November 2020.
We shall issue the registration and hotel reservation documents a little closer to the date when we can be sure the championship can go ahead safely. Meanwhile, we will communicate openly and often to keep you advised of our plans. .
With warm regards
As a result of this, we would hope to be able to hold a Qualifying Assessment event to find a team to attend this event, and as soon as we have further confirmation, we will issue a further notification.
In the meantime. the EC met by video conference yesterday and are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.
Finally, we hope you and your families are well and continue to stay healthy.
Kind regards
Robert Pugh
National President.

Caerleon RFC PC – Bastille Day Weekend

Caerleon RFC PC

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You are warmly invited to join us for our 12th Bastille event – our annual weekend of petanque, fun & friendship.

Play in one or both competitions – our weekend coincides with Caerleon’s Arts Festival featuring free bands both nights, and events during the day: why not make a weekend of it!

Places for each event secured by payment – no licence needed

Any questions? Speak to Tansy, google Caerleon RFC Petanque, or email us at caerleon [dot] petanque [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk


Saturday 11th July

Bastille Melee:

The most popular event in our calendar with 70+ players mixed in over 4 games. Lots of prizes, inc. “most average” & best French fancy dress.

£6 entry includes a great buffet lunch

Sunday 12th July

Caerleon Open Triples:

This is a competitive, friendly event with a prize pot of £200, rising with entries. £15 a team (£20 for team of 4)


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Caerleon RFC PC, Broadway, Caerleon, NP18 1AY

More details, including Entry Form, can be found here

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 09/03/2020

The WPA Executive Committee is regularly discussing the situation regarding the current outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is continuing to monitor the advice provided by the Welsh and UK Governments and Health Authorities.

Given the current situation The Welsh Pétanque Association wishes to advise our members that all WPA events are, at present, unaffected. We will, however, continue to monitor the situation and if Government advice changes this situation may change and we will advise further.

In the meantime, we recommend all of our members to adopt Government advice with regard to hand hygiene whilst participating in our sport, as well as using tissues to catch any coughs or sneezes.

Pétanque is a tactile sport and for the time being, we think it’s advisable to refrain from handshakes and kissing, adopting the ‘elbow bump’ instead .

As the situation in Wales and the rest of the UK is ever-changing, this page will be updated as the official advice changes.

Below are the relevant official websites:

NHS Wales – Latest Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health Wales – Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

UK Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information and Advice

UK Government – Travel Advice: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


WPA International Qualifiers – Assessment Series 2020



The Qualification Assessment Series will take place commencing with the Preliminary Round
Monkstone Petanque Club, Penylan, Cardiff
Over the weekend of
 Saturday/Sunday 28/29th March 2020
Pre Entry is required and the closing date is
Sunday 22nd March 2020
Once you have entered, you will be allocated a time for your Preliminary session.
Please use the Online Entry Form at
Entry Fee £7 per Competition
Payment can be made on the day  

Before entering, please ensure you have read, and understand the Representation Policy which can be found at:

Please Note that members may enter the Preliminary Round for their own development without committing to one of the WC or EC competitions – use the NON-QUALIFYING SELF-ASSESSMENT option.

WPA President’s Cup – Sunday 15th March





Wheatsheaf Petanque Club, The Wheatsheaf Inn
 Sunday 15th March 2020
Registration is 9.00 – 9.30
Closing date is
Friday 13th March 2020
Pre Entry is required
Please use the Online Entry Form at
Entry Fee £7
Payment can be made on the day

This is the FIRST WPA event of the new season!

Marje has agreed to make food available on the day with a limited menu (Faggots & Peas or Winter Vegetable Soup), but we need to notify her in advance, so please let us know ASAP which option you would like.

Please would all entrants bring their own reusable cup to use throughout the day? Thank you.

Derek Jones
National Director of Development.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reg Brice.

A long-term member of Wenvoe Petanque Club, and former club Vice-President, Reg had been ill for some time and was admitted to Llandough Hospital just before Christmas.

He passed-away peacefully in hospital on Saturday 4th January 2020 – his wife was with him.

Our sympathies and thoughts are with Reg’s widow and family at this time.


Reg’s Funeral will be held at 11:00 on Friday 31st January at Barry Crematorium.

More details can be found here.

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