- About Us -

The CEP Board and member Federations continue to draw our values from those of the International Olympic Movement, and accepts the regulations and provisions implemented by the Olympic Committee.

Confédération Européenne de Pétanque

In the mid 1990's Karsten Köhler, President of the Fédération Allemande de Pétanque (DPV) and Flemming Jensin, President of the Fédération Danoise de Pétanque (DPF) identifed a need to give Women and Junior players more competitions in the opposite year of their World Championships.

The first official European Championship for Juniors, with significant support from the Belgium Pétanque Federation and their President, Roger Petermanns, took place in Liège, Belgium in 2000.

The following year with the help of the French Federation the 1st European Championship for Women was held in Strasbourg. Since these early days the Women and Junior Triples Championship have been held every other year.

The EuroCup and Espoirs...

In 1997 Jan Sjölander from Sweden proposed a plan to hold a championship for Club Teams to encourage clubs partcipation giving some players their first expereince of international pétanque. This heralded the start of our EuroCup Championship which has been featured in our calendar each year since 1998.

During the 2005 European Championship for Women held in Denmark, the CEP Board of Directors introduced a "new" tournament for young adults (18 to 22 years) called the "Espoirs".

The first of the Espoirs Championships for both Women and Men was held in 2007 with the finals taking place in France the following year in April. The Espoirs championships now takes place every year and in the same format as the other CEP Triples Championships.

Mens Triples, Veterans and Singles

In 2013 and in response to the FIPJP's introducing "Continental Confederation Selection" for the Mens Triples World Championship, the CEP Board decided to hold a Mens Triples Championship as a method of qualification to find the top 24 nations to represent Europe. More recently we have included a triples championship for Veterans (55+ years) and Singles championships for Men and Women to complete the championships we organise for our members.

Licences

Each year, with the help of our 40 member Federations, the CEP conducts a survey to monitor the number of pétanque licences in Europe. This year (2016) we included the number of clubs in each Federation, as these are the grassroots of our sport and vital to the recrutiment and retention of players. Here are the results of our latest survey:

Clubs

Juniors (under 18)

Adults

Organisation

Who we are:

The Confédération Européenne de Pétanque (CEP) is a European “Non-Governmental Organisation”, or “NGO”. It represents fthe interests of the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP) and furthermore other major sport organisations at national, European and international level

What we do:

  • Identify, monitor and analyse subjects of relevance to our sport
  • Provide support for and promote the interests of our member Federations
  • Organise and attend events and tournaments
  • ManageEuropean pétanque related projects
  • Provide assitance and expertise

Which policy areas do we cover:

  1. Societal role of pétanque, including: education and training, health, physical activity, social inclusion, equal opportunities and volunteering.
  2. Integrity of sport, including: the fight against corruption in pétanque, against doping and against match-fixing
  3. Good Governance in sport and the organisations of pétanque in general. Have a look at our Members!