One of the early initiatives by the UKBGF board was to start awarding grants to new clubs that had taken their first steps, in order to help them get established. There were no specific pre-conditions on how to spend the £100, so each club could decide what they needed most and simply get on with it! A follow-up £50 is due after a year if the club is still going – and the first of these are now on the way out. So, we thought we’d catch up with one of our most successful recipients, over in Worcester…
Maggie Smith writes:
BACK IN THE DAY, we sat across the table from our backgammon opponent with a real board and real dice sitting between us. Fun and laughter followed with the more than occasional grumbling at the dice. Nowadays, it can be difficult to find the time and/or the people to play face to face. As a result more and more people are playing backgammon online.
Backgammon clubs appear to be like London buses at the moment, with three more appearing recently. First up the North East Backgammon Association, who meet monthly on the first Monday at the County in Gosforth. With 11 members in August and new faces appearing in September, things appear to be very healthy! Next meeting: 5th October.[Read more…]
The UKBGF has a long list of objectives, but the central theme has to be “growing the game”. After all, if we can’t aspire to this, what is the point of our existence?
One of our initiatives, to which we will be giving greater prominence from now on, is the new clubs start-up scheme, where we allocate funds to aiding new – or newish – clubs with a view to giving them a boost in their formative stages.
A grant of £100 is arguably not going to change the world for a new club as it looks to become established. However it certainly can’t hurt, and it may provide a focal point as clubs seek a little direction.
The UKBGF is very keen to assist the creation and growth of local backgammon clubs and sees them as vitally important to the future of the game. While there are a number of long-established and successful clubs, we recognise that there are significant variations across the country in how easy it is to find a game. We are therefore launching the New Club Start-Up Assistance Scheme to help those who would like to organise one.
The scheme will apply to the setting up of any new club, plus any recently started embryonic club struggling to become established. This could be based in a region, city, town or village. Or it could be based in a school, a college or a workplace – in fact any potential backgammon community.