A whole new boules game for Birmingham

By on 07/04/2011 in Culture, News

Date: Sunday April 10
Time: 2pm
Event: The official opening of Birmingham's First Boulodrome
Venue: Cotteridge Park, Franklin Road B30 2HF

Visitors to Cotteridge Park can enjoy a taste of France and say bonjour to a new pastime this weekend as the city's first public boulodrome is officially opened.

The boulodrome or petanque terrain is a gravel pitch for the traditional Gallic sport of boules - also known as petanque.

The new facility can be found near the Franklin Road Car Park entrance to Cotteridge Park and is now open to members of the public.

It has been built as part of a city-wide project to encourage residents, whatever their fitness level or interests, to get outdoors and get active.

Now the Friends of Cotteridge Park are urging visitors to the park to come along and try their hand at a new sport.

Chair of the Friends of Cotteridge Park Emma Woolf said: “Local residents have already had a go and discovered the very social nature of this most European of activities - boules in France, bocce in Italy and of course bowling here.

“On Sunday we'll have members of the West Midlands Petanque Association and local French societies giving a demonstration of how to play.”

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, added: “This is a great addition to the facilities at Cotteridge Park and I'm sure the boulodrome will prove to be very popular.

“The Friends of Cotteridge Park do a fantastic job and, together with Friends groups across the city, encourage the people of Birmingham to make the most of our wonderful parks and open spaces.”

Ends

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

The media contact on Sunday is Emma Woolf on 07812 379 662

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