Welcome to the website of the Southern Region Petanque Association.. We are known as the SRPA and are the governing body of the Sport in The South
On these pages you will find information regarding the game of Pétanque, within the Southern region of New Zealand.
Petanque is a target sport, similar to bowls except the game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel with much lighter and smaller Boules.
Petanque rules are simple, learned within minutes, and a novice can play immediately without having to be "taught".
As an activity Petanque is a non contact Sport, is not physically demanding, but requires some comfortable effort on the part of a player. It is particularly social and therefore both physically and mentally beneficial. and requires no special expensive gear in order to enjoy. It may be the only sport that can be played competitively by any age group from five to 95 and is suitable for players with a range of abilities and disabilities; you don't have to be fast, fit or strong. It is gender neutral - men and women compete on an equal basis and it can be played any time of the day and any time of the year. Individuals can choose to play purely for social fun, or can go on to achieve National and even International recognition if they want to put the time and energy into the sport.
In summary, Petanque can be played by anyone, anywhere, anytime, with minimal input or equipment.
There are a number of welcoming Clubs spread throughout our region and you will find their contact details by pushing the "Clubs" button above. So all you have to do is contact the club closest to you and they will be happy to lend you some boules and introduce you to the game with no obligation.
We look forward to seeing you on the piste!
Please have look around our site. We would appreciate any comments you may have.