Here is the file for our petanque club handouts. It is in the public domain. Feel free to download and modify it for your own club.

When we are playing in the park and we see someone standing and watching (basically, looking interested), we approach them with a smile, say “It’s called pay-TONK”, and give them a handout. Most people are happy to get the handout and to learn a bit about the game. Sometimes we get new players this way, but the primary benefit of the handouts is to build community understanding and good-will. The handout is easy to fold into a brouchure that is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. Left unfolded, handouts can be pinned to bulletin boards and used as letters of introduction.

Our town— Tucson, Arizona— is a bicultural city, so the flip side of our handout is in Spanish. The two sides are completely independent, though, so you could use our file #1 for one side of your handout, and use your own file for the other side or simply leave the second side blank.

Our handout consists of a single sheet of paper, printed on both sides using a computer printer. We print a bunch of copies of file #1. Then we take the printed pages and feed them through the printer again to print file #2 on the other side of the paper.

The file for side #1 is in docx format. After you download the file, you can use Microsoft Word to edit the file and change “Tucson Petanque Club” to the name of your own club. The name of the club appears three times in the handout, but only on the first (leftmost) fold.

This is what side #1 of the handout looks like.

Fold the handout so that it looks like a capital “M”. This makes it pop open easily to show both printed sides. Note that the left-to-right layout also works well on an unfolded sheet of paper, so you can leave it unfolded for posting on bulletin boards.


The photograph that we use on the cover is by Chris Gulker. It was taken in the summer of 2010 and shows a member of the Bay Area Pétanque Players playing in Flood Park, in Menlo Park in San Francisco. It originally appeared HERE. We tried to contact Chris for permission to use this photograph, but discovered that he had died in 2010. The best memorial we can offer is to use the photo and acknowledge Chris’s skill in taking this great photograph.


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