Bouled over! Club toasts its success

GAME ON Heckmondwike Petanque Club members play. (d412c311)
GAME ON Heckmondwike Petanque Club members play. (d412c311)

Bowling fans are now in luck as a popular French boules club is now accepting new members following a pitch extension.

Heckmondwike Petanque Club was given a grant by Kirklees Council last year to increase its pitch in Firth Park.

The work has now been completed – and there is now space for 60 players, meaning there is no longer a waiting list.

Member Steve Penny said: “There is plenty of space since the extension. We had to limit it to 50 players because people would have had to stand about and wait their turn.

“But since the extension there is more than enough space for all the members and more.

“The popularity has been unbelievable. In other places I’ve lived, we tried to get petanque up and running and it’s been such hard work, but for whatever reason in Heckmondwike everybody wants to play petanque!”

Steve said anybody who wanted to try their hand at the game was welcome to have a go.

The game is similar to crown green bowls, but with steel balls which are thrown rather than rolled.

The club has social matches with other clubs and this year members are hoping to have league matches throughout Yorkshire.

Steve said: “Just turn up, have a look and have a go, it’s free and there is plenty of equipment.

“There are always people about and new members will be made very welcome.”

The club meets on Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturday from 10am in Firth Park, Westgate, Heckmondwike.

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