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Welcome to Parley Pétanque club where we play the sport some people know as French Boules all year round. We have purpose-built terrains at West Parley Community Hub. Come and join us. New members are always welcome.

About Us

About Our Club

Located in West Parley, Dorset, Parley Pétanque Club is situated at Parley Sports and Social Club behind the Memorial Hall and near the Curlew Public House just 400m from West Parley crossroads on the Christchurch Road.

We take great pride in our commitment to preserving the traditions and heritage of this timeless sport. Our values of sportsmanship, respect, and friendship permeate every aspect of our club, creating an environment where players of all ages and skill levels can come together to enjoy the game. Whether you are a competitive player seeking thrilling matches or simply looking for a leisurely game in a friendly atmosphere, Parley Pétanque Club welcomes you with open arms.


Playing times may vary depending on weather and the time of year.

  • Tuesdays from 13:00 - All year, although dependent on weather in Winter months

  • Thursdays from 10:00 -12:00 

  • Thursdays from 19:00  - NFPL League Matches

  • Saturdays from 13:00 will be for competitive matches

Club members can play at other times as long as they respect club rules, especially in regard to safe play. When the Sports and Social Club is open again there will again be the opportunity to play for a couple of hours before relaxing with a drink and a chat. For those who are interested, we offer free coaching to get you going or simply to hone and improve your skills. Advance coaching sessions can be planned at any time by arrangement.

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Did you know?

When playing Pétanque you do not take turns to throw. You only throw your boule when your opponent has a boule closer to the jack (coche) than you do.

Playing Pétanque

Pétanque is, perhaps, the only sport where age and gender has no bearing on the quality of the game. It is a very simple game to learn but also a very technical game. Everyone can succeed to some level. You are welcome to bring family and friends to see what a wonderful inclusive sport this is. Our players come from across West Parley, Ferndown, Bournemouth, Poole and even Hampshire.

On your first visits our members will be happy to help you understand the game and learn the skills necessary to enjoy it at all levels. We have a qualified club coach available to support you when things are not going quite according to plan and for the most ambitious you can join us and take part in local, regional or national competitions.


"Juniors (under 17s) are especially welcome at Parley"

Juniors membership is free

Juniors are welcome at every session and may play alongside full members. We also provide dedicated free coaching sessions on Saturdays from 12:00 to 13:00. 

Juniors from local schools who have already learned to play in school are welcome to bring their families to play and learn the game.

Juniors who join Parley Pétanque Club are automatically accepted into the Southern Pétanque Association and then eligible to play in local, regional and national competitions.

In 2018 one of our juniors won the English Junior Singles title and was later promoted to the English Junior International Squad. Sally also plays regularly in league matches for Parley.


Everyone playing at Parley has the opportunity to go as far as they want.

All Parley coaches and volunteers working with juniors have enhanced DBS clearance and work to the highest standards. Our policies can be found under member's info.


If you can hold a ball you can play the game


Parley play in two leagues. The Southern League is the more competitive of the two while the New Forest Petanque League is more suited to people who have recently come to the game.

To play in the Southern League, you must be a member of Pétanque England. (PE) Membership information can be found here. Membership benefits can be found on the PE website.

New Forest League
Competitions @ Parley
Southern Counties

"I never lose.
I either win or I learn"

Nelson Mandela

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Contact Us
How to Find Us?

We Are Located @
West Parley Sports and Social Club,
275 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, BH22 8SQ

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