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Petanque began at Hartley Country Club in the autumn of 1992 followed by the first meeting and formation of the Petanque section in January 1993. The section has around 70 members with roughly equal numbers of men and women. Hartley Country Club Petanque probably has one of the largest memberships of any petanque club in England. The playing standard varies from casual/social to international level with the majority of members being of a good average club standard.
The founding members were determined to create an open and welcoming atmosphere which would combine sport and social activities - an ideal that continues to this day.
The section is registered with Petanque England nationally and in the county with the Kent Petanque Association. Some section members are involved with the management of petanque at both County and National level.
Any HCC member will be welcomed to take part to try the sport in the first instance without joining the section and then if they decide to continue playing they will be asked to pay a section membership (please see Petanque Section Membership). The section has several sets of boule that beginners are welcome to use. To play formally arranged games and competitions a personal set of competition approved boule is required stamped with a serial number and weight. These are available from several suppliers in the UK.
The section enters competitive teams in the Kent Summer and Winter Leagues with matches played on Wednesday evenings. Practice/social sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 11am. For section members during the summer, if they wish to compete, a monthly series of four player leagues with prizes are organized called 'melees'. These are held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. As well as these the section runs summer and winter singles, doubles and triples competitions. Along with other petanque clubs all day Sunday competitions are held throughout the year, some organised by Petanque England, the Kent Petanque Association or by other Clubs. Hartley run a few 'open' competitions for the benefit of our own section members and visitors from other clubs usually for prize money. Throughout the summer on a Sunday there will, almost certainly, be an all day open competition being played not too far from Hartley.
Finally, Hartley Country Club Petanque section is twinned with a petanque club in the village of Cauchy a la Tour in northern France. An annual match between our two clubs has been played alternately between venues for over 20 years and still continues with the 2019 fixture to be played on the continent.
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