North Downs League
The League was founded in 1993 by the late Bernard Taylor, a founder member of Crondall Petanque Club.
At the time, there were several clubs in the North Hampshire and Surrey areas which were not affiliated to the national organisation (then the British Petanque Association, now the Petanque England), but had members who wanted to play others in a spirit of friendly competitiveness. An inaugural meeting was held at the Hampshire Arms in Crondall in February 1993, but it is not known how many clubs attended. The basic tenets of the league were agreed:
- The format would be three teams from each club playing each other in doubles games
- No affiliation to a national body would be required
- Teams would be allowed to field substitute players during a match