National Youth Squad Coaching Day

Mansfield Petanque Club will be hosting a NYS coaching day on the 25th March.

For details: Junior Coaching Day




Squad Training Day with Brian Stote – 29th October

The squad training day was designed for those players who had played for the Mercia Region at Hayling Island back in September AND to include any other players from the region who aspire to get into the squad next year, 2017.  Initially 32 players put their names down and so the list was split into two equal two-hour sessions (a.m. & p.m.). On the day, illness interfered and only 26 attended

Brian Stote set up several technical challenges and closely observed the players as they tackled these.  Even for experienced players, several of the challenges were “very challenging”!  On closely observing the players, Brian Stote gave individual advice to each on how they could improve and everyone left knowing what they had to work on over the coming Winter months.
    At the end of the day, Brian Forbes compared diaries with Brian Stote, and after “some toing and froing” the follow-up date in the Spring was set for Sunday April 2nd 2017, when the emphasise will be on “Game strategy”, “How to legally put the opposition off their game”, and “Piste presence”.   i.e. Things you need to know to win matches.  It is hoped that all squad players will attend on that date.
      (Please see below: Brian’s comments following his coaching visit)

      Firstly, can I thank you for your great hospitality yesterday, especially the lunch cooked by Zena and the coffee stream constantly offered?

      Secondly, I would like to say what an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of players you gave me to work with during the day. They offered, spontaneously, to help me with the carriage of coaching equipment at both ends of the day and most of them came to shake my hand at the end of each session and to express their thanks. Even those who found some of the tasks more than challenging, stuck at them and tried their best to achieve a measure of improvement.

      Thirdly, I will go through the notes in the next day or so and send them to you for distribution asap.

      Our thanks to Brian Stote.

      The Winning Trajectory

      A new petanque book that covers technique and tactics has been published by French player Gilles Souef. It has been translated into english and is now available to buy via Gilles Souef’s website.

      Ray Ager talks on the positive petanque website about his project to translate this french book on pétanque which looks at the technical, tactical and mental aspects of the sport. See:


      From the Author

      About the book:
      While I hope this book will appeal to beginners, it’s really aimed at players wishing to develop their game. This book countains the fruits of several years thinking about technique, tactics and psychology. I treat these subjects seriously and in depth but with a certain (in French) humour. I hope you will find the book both instructive and enjoyable. I’ve given you all my winning secrets – I hope you will make good use of them!

      The author
      I started playing pétanque towards the end of the 1980s. Straight away I caught the virus and I played seriously for five years. During that time, I reached the Départmental final four times.
      After stopping for thirteen years, I again took up my favourite sport in 2010. One year later, I launched my website and not long after, my first book (in French). In 2014 & 2015, having applied my own training methods, I won three Départmental titles and finally partipated in the French Championships.
      This second volume is the final result of all my work and thoughts. Above all, it’s the passion and the pleasure of sharing that motivates me.

      To purchase the book, visit Gilles Souef’s website:

      Junior Coaching Day – 25th April

      The English Petanque Association (EPA) Junior Coaching Team are holding an exciting opportunity for their Juniors to attend a coaching day with a top International coach from Germany.

      This coaching day will take place on Saturday 25th April at Mansfield Petanque Club and is FREE to all EPA registered junior members.

      Please encourage any juniors in your club to take advantage of this opportunity.