Southsea Petanque Club officially opened on 28th April 2017.
However, although a young club, it’s history has much older roots. Southsea Petanque is a reincarnation of Farmhouse Petanque Club which operated out of Farmhouse Terrain on Burrfield Road between 1984 and 2015. Farmhouse itself was formed as a breakaway from Garrison Petanque which operated next to Garrison Church at the ‘Hot-walls’ in Old Portsmouth. Farmhouse founders Pam and Trevor Treend who are still members of Southsea started playing at Garrison in 1981.
Unfortunately, Farmhouse terrain was lost and for a year the club was homeless, having to host home league games at Searles Petanque during that period. Then, due to the eagle eye of some observant club members, Southsea Leisure was identified as a possible home. It is with Southsea Leisure Park’s much appreciated help that the current terrain was able to be successfully built.
After the move from to Southsea in 2017 the club spent a period of reflection on the way ahead and moved it’s emphasis to incorporate social play alongside previously mainly competitive play. There are now a number of social play club sessions spread across the week and the club is welcoming new members. So, if you are thinking about it, please come along and give petanque a try, it is extremely enjoyable and new players quickly get ‘hooked’ on the game due to this.
In 2018/19 the club grew from numbers in teens to numbers in thirties, and there will be another push for new members this year.
The club hosts regular competitions with the main emphasis on the Southsea Triples which usually takes place in the month of May.
Club Petanque events are held each year vs Portchester and Arborfield (Thames Valley), and there are also non petanque events such as Barbeques, Christmas meals and suchlike.