WWPC is based at its home ground of the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash. We meet on Monday evenings from 7.00pm for our weekly Club Nights and at ad hoc times during the warmer seasons. The floodlit terrain is available to all WWPC members seven days (and nights) a week, and the licensed bar is available each evening and at the weekends.
Our Chairman, Councillor Richard Sparkes first introduced petanque to Whitnash in the summer of 2005, when he encouraged a small number of enthusiasts (most of whom had never played petanque before) to form a petanque club in Whitnash. After playing at various venues for the first few weeks including the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, an approach was made to the Leamington Football Club who had recently opened a new Clubhouse adjacent to their football stadium. After discussions, the Leamington FC agreed that the newly formed Pétanque Club could use the car park for their terrains and it was decided to call the new Club the Whitnash Windmill Pétanque Club (WWPC) in recognition of the support and encouragement that the Leamington FC had extended to us.
Initially, the WWPC attracted around a dozen members but by the end of the first twelve months, it had a flourishing membership of 49 enthusiastic paid up members, 11 of whom were associate members and played out of other pétanque clubs in the area. In its first year, the WWPC raised enough funds to be able to completely cover the car park with chippings and also upgraded the floodlighting over the car park to ensure all-year-round competition.
In late 2007 the Whitnash Windmill Petanque Club used the car park at the Whitnash Sports & Social Club as an alternative terrain, since play at the Leamington Football Club became limited to only once a week. By the end of February 2008 the agreement with the Leamington Football Club was terminated and the WWPC moved its permanent home ground to the Whitnash Sports & Social Club.
After negotiations with the Sports & Social Club, and a lot of hard work by the WWPC committee in order to raise the necessary funds, a purpose-built terrain was constructed on some waste ground adjacent to the tennis courts. Work on this new terrain commenced on 13th April 2008, using contractors and voluntary labour by many of the Petanque Club members, and the new terrain was completed, in the main, IN FIVE DAYS!
The Club is registered with the English Petanque Association and has members competing in the West Midlands League competitions, area competitions, local inter-club events and even further afield.