Developing Player Skills and Confidence

This page outlines the development programs that PFA makes available to players in member clubs throughout the Federation.  Programs are available to help players to understand the skills, strategies and tactics of the sport of petanque and to develop confidence and competence in their play. 

Juniors & Beginners


PFA encourages individuals to learn the incredibly challenging and satisfying game of petanque.  The sport provides opportunities to learn to play a very social game that is played in parks and clubs across Australia and the world.


The sport provides a safe environment and is a non-contact sport that challenges players for accuracy, fitness, strategy and tactical play.  To assist people to learn the sport, clubs have trained coaches to help with fundamental playing skills, tactics and strategies.


Club coaches can provide training sessions to assist players to develop skills to enjoy the game socially or to develop to a standard that enables selection for international representative opportunities.


In Western Australia, there is a club dedicated just to junior players. Training opportunities exist at the following levels:

  • Active After School Community Program

  • Schools programs

  • Club training sessions



Intermediate Level


PFA's player development pathways include the development of players to state and national standard.  Coaching sessions are available in some areas to help players develop skills to make them competitive at state and national level.  There are also activities and exercises available to assist players to develop.


The programs to assist intermediate level players include activities to develop teamwork and self management skills.  PFA Level 2 and Level 3 coaches have been trained to conduct programs and facilitate player development to state and national player level.

Representative Players


On this page we outline opportunities and present tools to assist in the development of advanced skills, tactics and strategies to prepare players for representative roles.


PFA has established pathways for players to develop their skills, tactics and strategies to enjoy the game and to become more competitive within their own club, their state, nationally and internationally.


PFA coaches will be developed to facilitate the development of players within the sport.  Players are encouraged to approach their club coach to develop a training plan to develop themselves as player within the sport.  They should also discuss the available opportunities to participate in competitions within their club, state and nationally.


The PFA Director of Coaching has established a framework for the ongoing development of representative players. This includes a squad of players who want to be considered for representative positions.


Players seeking to be included in the PFA Representative Train-on Squad must first submit an Expression of Interest.  Once admitted to the Squad they are required to achieve and maintain standards of performance and behaviour to be considered for selection in a representative team.




© 2021 by Pétanque Federation Australia. All rights reserved.