Our History

A Background to the Sport of Pétanque in Australia

Pétanque Federation Australia was established to coordinate and manage the sport of Pétanque in Australia.  It brought together the established clubs from all states to create a peak sporting body to represent the sport nationally and internationally. PFA promotes the development of new member clubs and assists in the development of players and officials. It also conducts national competitions and enters teams into international events.

 

 

Ensuring Effective Organisation and Management of Tournaments

 

The Federation International de Pétanque et Jeu Provencal (FIPJP) is the world governing body for the sport of Pétanque.  It publishes a set of rules for the sport.  These international rules are applied by the umpires of PFA during club, state and national events. PFA has developed some supporting rules that have been adapted to local conditions.  These rules apply only in Australia. Follow the link to access a copy of the latest version of PFA's Rules of the Sport of Pétanque.

Managing the Sport

The Role of the Board of Management in Maintaining Effective Governance

PFA maintains a company business structure and is managed by a Board of Directors.  This board is elected for three year terms. The board is committed to the effective management of the sport and to compliance with the Australian Sports Commission's Sport Governance Principles.

Governance & Administration

Providing Guidance and an Administrative Framework to Member Clubs and Players

PFA has developed a number of: Policies; Rules; Regulations; Procedures; and, Forms, Tools, Guides to provide effective governance of the sport. Member Clubs, State Leagues and their players, administrators, officials, coaches and umpires should access these documents to enable them to enjoy the sport in a risk-managed environment.   Using the appropriate processes, systems and documents will ensure that PFA can continue to support the running of the sport.

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Finding a Place to Learn, Play and Enjoy the Sport

There are over 50 clubs across Australia that are affiliated with PFA. People interested in learning the sport and enjoying a strong social environment can approach one of these clubs.  Each club will provide the opportunity to learn to play the sport from accredited coaches using a program of pathways for skill development.  

Getting Involved

Learning to Play and Developing Your Skills

PFA has created a learning pathway for players in our sport. Each club is able to assist new players to learn the basic skills of the game. Trained coaches conduct courses to develop skills from Junior or Beginner level through to Intermediate or State level competition play and on to advanced national and international level. Courses are available for player, coach, umpire, administrator and official development.  

Ensuring the Effective Administration of the Sport.

To ensure the smooth running of activities and programs within the sport of Pétanque, administrators are needed to arrange and manage processes and systems.  These administrators include Club Committee Members, State League Committee Members and PFA Board Members.  PFA also needs administrators to oversee and support the preparation and running of events.

Supporting Player Development

PFA has created a learning pathway for players in our sport. Each club will be able to assist new players to learn the basic skills of the game. Trained coaches will conduct courses to develop skills from Junior or Beginner level through to Intermediate or State level competition play and on to advanced national and international level. Courses are available for player development.   

Ensuring the Smooth Running of Tournaments, Competitions and Events.

To ensure the smooth running of tournaments, competitions other events within the sport of Pétanque, Tournament Officials are needed to arrange and manage processes and systems; and to oversee the running of events.  These officials include Tournament Directors, Competition Coordinators, Score table Attendants and Jury Members.

Maintaining and Managing Standards of Play.

A key component of the role of PFA in promoting the sport of Petanque is to provide officials.  The PFA Umpiring Strategy is to develop sufficient umpires at all levels to support the effective management of competition. Umpires can follow a development pathway to develop their skills and experience from Club Umpire through to International Umpire.  PFA provides development programs to member clubs to support umpire development.

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