We have just heard from Bowls England that Berkhamsted are the National East Region winners for the second year running in the National Club of the Year Competition. Along with the the other three regional winners we will now be visited by Alistair Hollis from Bowls England on Monday 23rd September to decide who will be named the top Club for 2013.
Update Mon Sept 23rd: Alistair visited our Club today meeting several members including two of our Juniors Jak and David who were given permission by Ashlyns School to come and chat with Alistair in their lunch break. He asked them several questions about their two years at the Club and for their views on Junior interest in the game. He toured the facilities taking photos and even rolling a few woods just to keep his hand in (see photo below).
We are absolutely delighted to be in the running once again and hope we can go one step further than last year when we were named National Runners Up.
Here is some extra information as reported on the Bowls England website:
Bowls England is delighted to announce the regional winners in the 2013 Club of the Year competition, organised in partnership with Drakes Pride.
The winners are:
North: West Bridgford BC, Nottinghamshire South: Oakley BC, Hampshire East: Berkhamsted BC, Hertfordshire West: Ledbury BC, Herefordshire
Each regional winner will receive two sets of Drakes Pride bowls, £50 cash and a framed certificate.
The four Regional Winners now form the final shortlist from which the overall winner will be selected, whose total prize will include £250, four sets of Drakes Pride bowls, the Tony Allcock Trophy (to be kept for one year), a badge for each club member and a match against a visiting Bowls England President’s Team in 2014.
Tony Allcock MBE, Chief Executive of Bowls England, said: “The standard and number of entries was exceptional this year, but these four clubs each stood out within their area for the work they are doing to promote the sport of bowls within their local area and increase membership. I am sure the judging panel will face a tough job in determining the overall winner.”