Garnier Petanque Club


The Garnier Petanque club has been in existence since the early 1990’s when various local members who had been playing the game across venues in South Norfolk settled on the home in Eccles.

The lights and ‘piste’ (the playing surface) you see today were created and made by founding members, and materials supplied for free by the local community.  A number of the founding members still play an active part in the club, either still playing or advising the club.

The club currently has two active teams competing in the Norfolk County Pentanque Association league.  Les Garnier compete in Division 2, whilst G2 compete in Division 3.

What is Pétanque?


Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack. The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces.


How To Play

​1. Two people can play against each other or, if you there are more of you, decide on two teams of two or three people in each. In these notes ‘team’ means teams of one, two or three people.

2. Each player chooses a matching pair of boules.

3. Toss a coin to see which team goes first.

4. First team marks a starting circle.

5. First player stands in the starting circle and throws the jack (or ‘cochonnet’).

6. First player throws a boule, attempting to land it as close as possible to the jack. (This is known as having the ‘best boule’.)

7. The opposition throw next, and continue to throw their boules until they take the lead by getting ‘best boule’. Whenever a team takes the lead play moves to the other team. As well as trying to get closest to the jack, players may try to knock opposition team boules away from the jack. Once a team has used all its boules the other side goes on to throw the rest of its boules.

8. Count the points when all the boules have been thrown. The team that has the boule closest to the jack wins the round. They also get a point for each boule that is closer to the jack than their opponent’s closest boule. Only one team scores each round.

9. The winner of the round begins the next round. The starting circle is drawn around the final position of the jack. The winning team selects a player to toss the jack and throw the first boule.

10.The winner of the game is the first team to get 13 points..

How to get involved?


Petanque is such an inclusive sport, and no matter what age or ability you can come and enjoy the game.

During the summer months, most Thursdays are dedicated to the Norfolk County League with one team guaranteed to be playing at home, so pop along and speak to one of the members.

Alternatively, contact one of the officers below to discuss the current practice night (which varies from season to season). 

The club can provide all equipment required for practice evenings (boules, jack)


Chairman:  Scott Wilson – 07484 354095

Vice-Chairman:  Norman Long

Secretary:  Ben Clayton – 07880 700099

Treasurer:  Brian Lawrence





Garnier Hall
Station Road
NR16 2JG

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Opening Times

The Social Club is currently open on Wednesdays & Fridays.

The Hall is available for  Hire daily 8am - 1130pm


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