In addition to the information in the news item below, after further deliberations the situation with regard to Novice Sessions will be as follows from 01 October 2014:
1) Novice Sessions may now be more than 16 boards if required. If these sessions are submitted to the EBU the club must use code 22 which will be charged at 50% of the Universal Membership Subscription (P2P) rate of normal sessions. Codes 4 and 11 will no longer be available as of 01 October, 2014.
2) These sessions will attract Magazine points but will not attract master points or be graded for the NGS (national Grading Scheme). It is up to the club to decide whether they wish to submit the results in order for their novices to earn magazine points or not. The EBU magazine is expensive to produce and therefore we feel that everyone receiving a copy should make a contribution to the cost.
3) Novice Sessions are strictly defined as follows and must be open to non-members of the club:
• Teaching Sessions
• Supervised Play Sessions
• Other sessions where no more than 10% of players are above Area Master (500 Local Points) which are designed to encourage novices into mainstream club events
We hope you will agree that these changes are very positive and will encourage the provision of Novice Sessions at clubs in an effort to help membership recruitment.
If you require any further clarification then please don’t hesitate to our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01296 317206