Petanque in Ukraine

In Ukraine there started to play petanque in 2003. That year in Zakarpattya – the most western region of Ukraine – the First Transcarpathian Petanque Club, which is the only official club of Ukraine until now, was officially registered.

A report by Olexandr Popovych of the Ukraine The First Transcarpathian Petanque Club united scores of amateurs of petanque. In the period of its existence teams of the Club took part in several international tournaments, established international club relations, organized several home tournaments.

In 2006 the Club has built its first own petanque court with 8 tracks and organized the first International Tournament, in which players from Belorus, Switzerland and Ukraine took part.

In the beginning of 2007 with the assistance of the First Transcarpathian Petanque Club in Uzhgorod there was built a covered petanque court, which is the first in Ukraine.

The Club is planning to organize Spring International Tournament in Uzhgorod in the end of April, open children’s league and register Ukrainian Petanque Federation in order to help young clubs to develop. Now, with the assistance of the First Transcarpathian Petanque Club new teams appear in Ukraine. In Dolyna, Rivne, Kharkiv some more clubs are going to be registered.

The First Transcarpathian Petanque Club invites Clubs of all European and other countries to cooperation. The Club is about to develop petanque in Ukraine. We are looking for partnership relations with companies-manufacturers of equipments for petanque. In Ukraine there is no possibility to buy equipment and accessories for petanque. The Clubs buys all necessary equipment in Slovakia and Hungary. Any propositions about cooperation are welcomed.

Now in Ukraine petanque successfully develop in particular in Uzhgorod and the other day the second petanque club called “Uzhgorod” was registered. In our city, which population is 100 000 people , petanque is played by 100 people, and 40 among them are members of 2 our clubs. But petanque becoming more and more popular. Just for the last month 14 people filed the application to be a member of Transcarpathian petanque club. Almost every month from 10 to 15 people begin to play this game. Besides, about 100 people play in petanque in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Presently documents prepare for creation of petanque association of Ukraine and we hope that will have time to register an association and take part in a world cup.

Every Thursday in winter we conduct small tournaments on the new covered ground for a game in petan que, and in spring (on April, approximately 21-22, or on May, 5-6) will conduct a tournament, on which we will invite all interested abroad guests . A similar tournament also will be conducted in autumn. Unfortunately, on our sites information about us is placed only in Ukrainian, but on the site of petanque-club ” Uzhgorod ” you may find a presentation page in English.

Certainly, petanque in Ukraine is on an amateur level for a while. We have a small experience in organization of tournaments. In Ukraine also an inventory absents for a game, that is why we will be glad to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world. e-mail:mail& or