Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. Similar games are bocce, bowls and (adapted to ice) curling. The current form of the game originated in 1907 or 1910 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France. The French name pétanque comes from petanca in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats , meaning ‘feet fixed’ or ‘feet planted’ (on the ground). Pétanque is played by two teams, where each team consists of one, two, or three players. In the singles and doubles games each player plays with three metal boules. In triples each player uses only two. The area where a pétanque game is played is called a terrain. Pétanque is played at the ICCT for fun on a social level however, once a year they enter into a competition for Bastille Day.


  • Pétanque is played every Thursday evening at the ICCT in the Boccedromo and is enjoyed by a small group of people.
  • The is no cost or subs to join the Pétanque group or to join in the fun, however the only requirement is that the player becomes a full member of the Italian Club of Cape Town


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Pétanque is a ver casual game with lots of laughs and even a glass of wine in the other. If you would like to join in the fun please contact us, we would love to welcome new members.

  • Elva Smith  
  • Email: elva@sazi.co.za
  • Cell: 083 456 4677
  • Tal: 021 689 4658