Petanque is a Southern European form of boules that is traditionally played with metal balls on a court of either gravel or hard dirt. Petanque is a tactical precision game where the goal is to place your balls closest to the target ball, known as the jack, while keeping your opponent from scoring by shooting their balls away from the jack.
Petanque is a popular family activity, club sport and senior sport – it is a game for everyone who enjoys excitement, suspense and quality time with friends and family.
In the last couple of decades, indoor petanque has grown popular. It is played with lighter, soft balls on all types of floor surface.
Petanque developed from the ancient Provençal game Le Jeu Provencal.
A French champion of this game suffered from rheumatism and therefore developed the less demanding petanque in 1910.
The game is little short of a national sport in France, where there are around 500.000 registered players.