So ive been playing go now fir a long time. Im fairly knowlagable at about 8kyu but i also know im not anywhere near as knowlagable as any of the ranks below me and there are gaping holes in my education of go as it were.
That being said, is there anything i can do for the BGA? The british go association. If so, how do i get involved? I know im not a member… but that also leads me on to my next list of questions… what are the goals of the BGA? What are you doing to achive these goals? And is there more you could be doing?
I know go isnt as popular over here as it is in america, and we have a third of the population of america… less than actually… more like a quater.
But the AGA (American Go Association) has done, and contines to do so much for go. It was a part of publising the alpha go games back in 2016/17. It was there for the DeepZenGo games. It has pros coming to them willing to do classes and such. And had a japanese go association, help set up Americas oppertunity for their first Pro player.
I feel lile the UK is lagging behind. The BGA website is older than father time. It has only got around 500 members. And besides the tournames it holds every year nothibg new seems to be happening that is being put out there on nearly the same scale as the AGA. I understand this takes money. I really do.
I volunteer for homeless charties, im a board member of one small charity and have been doing this sort of thing for nearly ten years.
I want the BGA to grow, i want to be a part of it working from the inside. Yes my skills may be limited but im also willing to volunteer.
However im based in south wales and cant drive yet because i never had money to learn. Again money issues… am i right? But the fact of the matter is that i want the BGA to become a movement that is helping to grow the GO community. It will take time and effort but it can be done. Or at least i beleive so. But at the moent as things stand there is no real incentive to actually participate as member of the BGA especially in wales when the welsh open is held in the ass end of the ass end of wales where hardly anyone can get to very easily… or with reletive costs.
If your gonna hold a welsh open… hold it in the capital city of wales… Cardiff. Hold it in a place like Chapter Arts center… or get another cheap of free venue to hold it.
Lastly the BGA really needs to start engaging young people. They are the ones that if done right will carry the fiture of british go on their backs.
Help me… to help you… to help yourselfvs BGA!
In hindsight… i know this probs isnt the right place to post this sort of thing. But… if anyone can help me get involved with the BGA… then please… throw me a line here!?