This year we’re expanding our online tournament offering – starting with two flights in our popular Online Championships. Both remain free to enter to UKBGF members, and offer plenty of play.
The UKBGF will be holding its second Annual General Meeting at 5pm on Friday 31st August, at Coombe Abbey – that is, prior to the dinner with Akiko Yazawa, and the Warm Up event at the UK Open. The meeting should be finished in plenty of time for players who want to take part in the Warm Up. This is an opportunity to the Board to report directly to members and for members to put motions and questions to the board in a formal setting. We hope that members will take the opportunity to join us.
Last year’s meeting was well attended and some interesting discussions took place; this year there will be elections for the next Board coming up and if you’re thinking of standing for election and want to find out more about how the Board work before making a decision, it would definitely be a good idea to come along.
Motions to be put at the meeting need to be sent to the Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th August 2018 so that they can be distributed to members in advance. Detailed questions can be sent in beforehand, also to the Chair and by the same date, to give time for an answer to be prepared; we will do our best to handle questions on the day as well.
- Welcome and introductions
- Chairman’s report
- Treasurer’s report and presentation of accounts
- Motions from members
- Pre-notified questions from members
- Questions from the floor
- Any Other Business
- Chairman’s closing remarks
John Wright writes:
Due to the extreme generosity of one of our backgammon friends we have a book collection for sale. All proceeds will go to charity.
We have held three tournaments inviting full-time students under the age of 26 and had about 16 entrants each time, mostly from Japan and Iran. We are sure there are hundreds of eligible players around the world, possiblythousands that we are not reaching. We need your help.We believe that one way to get more children involved in the game and the competition is to make it a “team” sport, with each country being represented by 3-player teams. And of course, countries like Japan and Iran can have more than one team.So we ask your help … to find and enlist students to represent your country and create teams. Then we will set up on-line competitions and award wonderful prizes to the students. We will also provide free lessons, videos, and learning materials to all children around the world. And we will give students a chance to play practice games with pros like Mochy, Phil and others, and get advice.
We ask you to develop a list of students … and we will sign them up, give them official nicknames to use in events (including a challenge ladder room they can play in any time), and as soon as we have enough teams, we will set up competitions between teams and countries.
Back in late 2015, Tim Cross was appointed Captain of the UK’s international teams – both for face-to-face play and online – for a period of two years. That time has seen a remarkable period of success with the UK progressing from relative unknowns to the ultimate accolade of winning the Worldwide Trophy in Georgia last year, as well as a number of other strong performances. It is now time for us to start working towards an appointment for 2018-9 with a view to keeping this momentum going and growing our reputation further. To that end we are asking for people who are interested in the role to put their names forward for consideration.
The role of Captain is a demanding one – it involves selecting squads from the ranks of strong UK players, and helping them function as more than just a collection of individual players; team-building, coaching and motivational skills are high on our list of priorities, along with a familiarity with the UK’s leading players in order to make good selections. You would obviously be expected to attend overseas tournaments with the teams and make the time commitments necessary for online events. We would be prepared to consider a non-playing captain, but we would prefer a strong player who would not be out of place in the squad.
If you are interested, please get in touch with us at email@example.com by the 23rd August 2017, including a brief statement of what you would bring to the role. We intend to inform the successful individual and make an announcement at the AGM at Coombe Abbey the following weekend.