There are 22 clubs with a membership of some 400 licensed players in the Southern Counties Petanque Association (SCPA), which are affiliated to the Petanque England (formally English Petanque Association). The Region is one of the largest in the UK, encompassing the counties of West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and parts of Wiltshire and Surrey.
The league structure, which was established in 1978, is keenly supported by most clubs. It is so formulated that even the newer players can enjoy the friendly competition of league participation and there are club and regional tournaments throughout the season.
The SCPA has a special place in the history of petanque in the UK as it is at Samuel’s Rest (formerly Sam’s Hotel) in Shedfield, Hampshire, that the British Petanque Association (the forerunner of the EPA / Petanque England) was founded.
Petanque, also known as “Boule” in this country, is very much the sport for all the family and therefore it is not uncommon to see three generations playing together on an equal footing and thoroughly enjoying themselves in the process. It is also a sport which welcomes the participation of the disabled and every encouragement is given in this area.