While it’s true to say that backgammon leagues are not everybody’s cup of tea, the rise and rise in popularity of these competitions in the UK is surely justification in itself that leagues play their role – and a major one at that – in involving more and more players in competitive backgammon. And as the primary motivation for the UKBGF is to do just that, the existence of leagues undeniably dovetails nicely with the achievement of that objective.
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.
As work continues with the initial setting up of the UKBGF, one of the major considerations is to build a credible ranking system. I have taken on responsibility for this task, and it’s certainly something for me to get my teeth into.
Setting this up physically on the website is a little too technical for me, but luckily we have the necessary expertise on hand to achieve this.