Kirklees is part of West Yorkshire which is part of Yorkshire which is part of England. In Pétanque terms it’s affiliated to Yorkshire Pétanque which is affiliated to Pétanque England. It’s about halfway along the M62 that runs from Liverpool to Hull.
Kirklees was formed in April 1974 when eleven local government districts were merged: the county boroughs of Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the municipal boroughs of Batley and Spenborough and many little urban districts.
The Council has been very supportive where Pétanque is concerned. The first terrain was built in Heckmondwike in 2012 and after being extended a few times is now the largest terrain in the north of England. In the years since that there have been many more built most with the help of the council. You can now play at Heckmondwike, Huddersfield, Mirfield, Shelley, Kirkburton, Thurstonland, Honley, Ukrainian Club Huddersfield, Brockholes and Slaithwaite. 10 places in total. Some are large but some are small village green style terrains. If anyone wants to know details of the District’s terrains please contact HPC.
There are many who have contributed to the success of Pétanque in Kirklees. The 3 Heckmondwike ward councillors – Viv Kendrick, David Sheard and Steve Hall and the 3 Greenhead ward councillors – Sheik Ullah, Carole Pattison and Mohan Sohail, Other councillors include Mehboob Khan, Graham Turner and Judith Hughes.
Kirklees officers Robert Whitaker, Rob Dalby, Paul Wayne, Claire Howe.
And finally other pétanque club officers locally especially Clive Westley and Harry Overend