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Many naturists will tell you that sport is an integral part of naturist life as not everyone is happy with
just lying in the sun all day and Springwood is no exception. The main sports that we play are
petanque, volleyball and miniten (a form of tennis played in most naturist clubs, see later for more
details) together with table tennis and darts during the evening or on those days where the weather
isn’t particularly friendly.
Many people will already be familiar with volleyball, it is played the same at Springwood as
everywhere else (although with slightly fewer clothes). Volleyball is a team sport consisting of six
players on each side, the basic objective of which is to play the ball over a net about 2.5m tall using no
more than three touches on each side. Volleyball has become increasing popular at Springwood in
recent years and is played on most weekends during the summer. Beginners are always welcome to
come and have a go and it is not only a way of getting some exercise but also it is a lot of fun and a
great way to socialise.
Members are free to play any of these sports throughout the year and in addition to this a number of
competitions are organised which everyone is encouraged to participate in. Also we have yearly
competitions in all these sports against a variety of other clubs which not only give you the chance to
play against different people but also the chance to visit other clubs and meet new people.
So whether you want to play a nice relaxing game of petanque or a team sport such as volleyball
Springwood offers a variety sports and most people should be able to find something they can enjoy.
Originating in France, petanque is a game similar in principle to English lawn bowls but which can be
played on a variety of surfaces using smaller metallic ‘boules’.
Springwoods facilities have been substantially improved recently and we can now offer a sand area
with 3 pistes, a shingle area with 2 plus pistes and finally a tarmac type area consisting of 2 pistes
giving a total of 7 courts spread over 3 different surfaces.
The aim of the game is quite simple, to score as many points as possible by landing your boules as
close as possible to the target ball (the jack). Petanque is a game that is quite easy to pick up for
beginners and is ideal to play on those really hot days where you don’t want to play anything too
physically demanding, but it is enjoyed by many members at any time of year.
Miniten is probably the most popular naturist sport played in the country, it will be unfamiliar to most
people as it is only played by naturists.
In 2011 we had both our miniten courts completely resurfaced giving us one of the best playing
surfaces available in Great Britain. Being very quick drying there is never long to wait to get a game
even after a sudden downpour.
Miniten is very similar to tennis in that it is played on a slightly smaller than usual tennis court using
tennis balls, the main difference being that it is played with a thug instead of a racket. A miniten thug is
a wooden bat designed especially for the game. Miniten can be played by singles or doubles (although
singles can be quite tiring so doubles tends to be more popular) and Springwood has players of many
different standards so it is never too hard to find someone to play with.
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