"Bath Grand Cru Petanque Club at The France Show!"
London Olympia 2019.
Once again a group of players from The Bath Grand Cru Club put on a Petanque show for the general public at the annual France Show, London Olympia,
The show provides attendees with information about all aspects of French lifestyle and culture, and it's great that there's a temporary indoor piste installed for people to come and try out the sport.
The Bath Club players were pleased to contribute to showcasing Petanque, maybe "spreading the word," attracting new players, and also show the public what a competitive match looks like as they competed against a squad from The London Region in an exhibition match.
As all players know, one of the essentials when playing is to concentrate fully on the match and, when it's your turn to play, each of your own boule deliveries.
There can often be numerous distractions on or around the playing terrain wherever you go.
Here, you can see how Club Captain, Chris Garratt, remains disciplined and fully focused on the match in hand; he manages to shut out the distractions of everything around in the vicinity, including the lively music and French can-can dancing troupe on the adjacent stage.
As Chris says,"An example to you all!l....no, don't put that last bit in! 😁
Bath Grand Cru
Over the weekend of 27/8 January, players from The Bath Grand Cru Club joined with members of London Petanque, to showcase the sport for the general public at the annual France Show, held at London's Olympia Exhibition Hall.
With large numbers of people attending the show over 3 days, this is an excellent opportunity to put the sport of Petanque on show and, of course, to spark an interest in potential new recruits.
Despite the distraction of the dancing can-can troupe and other events on the adjacent main stage at regular intervals, many people came to try their hand at Petanque on the temporary terrain, under expert guidance from the Bath and London players.
There was also the competitive highlight of the weekend as Bath played a head-to-head match against London on the Saturday afternoon. The public gathered around the terrain barrier to see some top play in a well-fought contest, with much "playing to the crowd" of course.
The show organisers expressed their gratitude to the players for their contribution to the show with such a lively and interesting activity for the public, and for those involved, it was such a pleasure to play the sport in the warm and dry at this time of year.
Bath Grand Cru
Last Winter (2016/17) The Bath Grand Cru Petanque Club got together with The Bath League de Petanque to run, "Petanque de la Gare."
This was the inaugural season for a competitive league playing indoors with the new, synthetic, "boules d'interieur." This type of boule is one which enables play to use any type of indoor surface without causing damage to boule or playing surface, whilst achieving many of the playing characteristics of outdoor, metal boules and the real game. Therefore, it enables players to continue to play during the harsh Winter weather conditions we have in this country. Another plus point is that, although players will use the same skills and techniques as they do outdoors, the specific demands of this variation require some minor adaptations, thereby further developing players' skills for any situation.
We believe that this was a ground-breaking initiative for this club, as it seems to be the very first league of this type to be organized in this country. The venue for this season is again at The Bath, city-centre Green Park Station, with the base there at The Green Park Brasserie, whose hospitality and special offers on all types of refreshments for the players and supporters is extremely welcome and is a significant part of the whole experience. Play is on the wooden surface of the market square.
The league opens on January 11th for an evening of informal and friendly competition, giving new teams the opportunity to get to grips with the game and for the experienced teams to get back in the groove. Thereafter we meet on alternate Tuesday evenings, 6pm during the remaining Winter months.
New (triples) teams are always welcome to join in with this friendly, enjoyable event Contact Chris Garratt for any further information.