We have finalised the UKBGF accounts for the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017 and these can now be viewed in the members’ area. UKBGF members are invited to inspect the accounts and to submit any queries they may have to the UKBGF Board in advance of the AGM. If questions about the accounts (or any other aspect of the UKBGF’s activities) are submitted by Friday 25th August we will do our best to answer them at the AGM. As previously announced by Julia Hayward in last month’s blogpost The UKBGF AGM 2017, this will be held at Coombe Abbey Hotel on Friday 1st September at 5pm (the first day of the UK Open weekend). Questions submitted after 25th August, or at the AGM itself, will be answered at a later date if we are unable to answer them on the spot.
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The UKBGF is delighted to announce the launch of a new UK-based backgammon proficiency centre, Backgammon Workshop (BGWS) whose website has just gone live.
Launched today, Backgammon Workshop, or BGWS, is a tuition service which has been created by two top UK professional players and teachers, Julian Fetterlein and Sebastian Wilkinson; soon to be joined by Gaz Owen. In addition to numerous tournament successes of their own, these three instructors have individually helped many others to attain higher levels of backgammon understanding and achievement. Now they are pooling their resources to create a new force in British Backgammon, with the backing of the UKBGF as well as Geoffrey Parker Games (click here to visit their website), who are generously providing boards for both training purposes and prizes.
Not a reference to the players, but the venue for the weekly St Albans tournament and warm-up chouette: the Rats Castle pub. Thanks to Anna Clarke for this simple but deceptive position from last Tuesday.
I’m surprised that I haven’t been asked this question more often. UKBGF members have a right to know what their membership fees have been used for and, as UKBGF Treasurer, I have been acutely aware of my obligation to provide more information about this.
A couple of months back I decided that the end of June would be an appropriate date for the financial year-end… actually a year plus a few months, counting from when we started to receive membership fees. Although I have gradually been compiling these figures since July, there has always been something more pressing requiring my attention; hence the delay. Full accounts will have to wait a little while longer and will require a bit of assistance. However, the need to publish some interim figures is quite urgent, given that prospective candidates in the forthcoming UKBGF Board elections may want more information about the health of UKBGF finances before deciding whether or not to stand. Voting members might be interested too!
I think most players would agree that the 2016 Gibraltar tournament was a resounding success. Steen Grønbech and his hard-working team, in close collaboration with both Franco Ostuni, General Manager of the Caleta Hotel, and the Gibraltar Government, must be congratulated for an amazing job. Government backing for the tournament was further demonstrated by the fact that the Education Minister Gilbert Licudi participated in the Intermediate Flight, and both he and the Minister for Sport, Steven Linares, attended the Prize-giving dinner. That the organisers were able to attract over 200 players to this first event shows that they are getting plenty of things right. One such attraction was the addition of £22,000 (yes, Gibraltar does use the good old British pound sterling!) spread over all events and Flights. As a result the Championship prize pool alone was close to £80,000.