A POTTED HISTORY OF THE CLUB
JULY 2005 – A group of enthusiasts set out to start a Pétanque Club in Whitnash, and initially attracted around 20 members.
NOVEMBER 2005 – Several members registered with the EPA (English Pétanque Association) and the Club registered with the West Midlands region. Upgraded floodlights were installed, providing a massive area of lit terrain for play
DECEMBER 2005 – During the week before Christmas gravel was laid on the car park of the Leamington FC, giving the WWPC a playing area of 15m x 55m, providing 12 international size pistes.
OCTOBER 2007 – The Whitnash Windmill Petanque Club started to use the car park at the Whitnash Sports & Social Club as an alternative venue, since play at the Leamington Football Club had become limited to only once a week.
MARCH 2008 – The WWPC moved its home ground to the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash, in the heart of Warwickshire, and two miles from the M40, where a temporary terrain was laid on their existing car park.
APRIL 2008 – Construction work took place on a purpose-built, floodlit terrain on waste ground adjacent to the tennis courts at the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, and was completed within FIVE DAYS!
MARCH 2009 – A new six foot high fence was erected between the petanque terrain and the Acre Close Playing Fields, financed by the Whitnash Sports & Social Club, with the labour undertaken by WWPC members and other members of the Whitnash Sports & Social Club.
MAY 2009 – The Club liaised with the local Junior School and started an ‘After School Club’ for ten-year olds. Since this initiative the Club attracted 20 more junior members to the Club.
JUNE 2009 – Two grants were awarded to the WWPC – ONE FOR £400 to finance some junior boules to encourage youngsters into the sport, and also to pay for new scoreboards and health and safety notices. The second grant for over £2,000 completely financed the manufacture and erection of a fantastic new competitor/spectator shelter.
JUNE 2009 – David Sutton kindly manufactured and donated four benches to the WWPC and they were sited along the fence side of the terrain.
SEPTEMBER 2009 – Such was the success of the expansion of the Junior Section, that the Club started a weekly league competition, in which 15 of the junior members took part.
DECEMBER 2009 – A further grant for £689 was received from the Heart of England Community Foundation for the purchase of a secure Lockbox and eight more sets of competition boules. At the end of the year, the Club had 80 members, including 27 juniors.