Petanque players to compete at British Open

Heckmondwike Petanque Club
Heckmondwike Petanque Club

Some of the best petanque players from across Europe will desend on Heckmondwike this weekend for the international Tog 24 La British Open.

Firth Park, home of Heckmondwike Petanque Club, have been chosen to stage this years’ prestigious boules tournament, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 150 teams from several European countries including petanque strongholds France and Belgium will descend upon the Spen Valley to battle it out to be crowned British Open champions.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday, from 1pm until the early evening, with the British Open finals being held from 10am to late afternoon on Sunday with players competing for the £1,000 winners cheques plus the Tog 24 la British Open trophy.

Performance clothing brand Tog 24, based in Heckmondwike’s Spen Vale Mills since 1958, are headline sponsor of this year’s Petanque British Open.

Tog 24 MD Mark Ward commented: “As it’s our 60th birthday this year, our team at Tog 24 wanted to support a community event. We’re delighted to be involved with this sporting competition which showcases Heckmondwike nationwide and internationally as we plan to grow our business both home and abroad.

“Following a re-branding last year which focusses on our Yorkshire heritage and our core values such as ‘truth over glory’, this tournament is a perfect fit.”