The next Shuffleboard World Championships will be held in St Cloud, just south of Orlando Florida during the week commencing 23rd October 2016. The format varies on alternate years, this year being a national team championship. The UK are,of course I, invited but if we are not able to field a full squad we will be able to join a “United Nations” team with players from other countries.
A date has also been set for the inaugural European Championships to be held in Germany on the weekend of 4th/5th March 2017 Teams from Germany, Norway and the UK will be represented and it is hoped other nationalities may yet become involved.
The first friendly match between Germany and the UK has been arranged for 6th and 7th May 2016. 12 members of the German Shuffleboard Association will travel to Wymondham for the weekend fixture, while the home squad will be selected on merit from the two regular local sessions. It is hoped this might be the first of a number of future meetings. As ever with shuffleboard the key will be on making long-lasting friendships and the event will conclude with a dinner on Saturday evening at Number 24 for all the participants.
More information to follow.
A generous grant of nearly £3000 from South Norfolk Council has enables the newly titled Wymondham Shufflers to buy all-new competition sized Maxi Roll Out courts. Numbers of players at the regular bi-weekly session are on the rise so this gives everyone the chance to play on the perfect surface. Two of the courts are now treated with tiny plastic beads before play making them as fast as the traditional concrete courts in the States. This adds to the challenge and makes the game considerably more tactical.
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The ISA World Shuffleboard Championships took place at the Clearwater Club on the west coast of Florida from 26th to 30th October 2015. Nine full member countries were involved and for the first time this included the UK with our new association being inducted to membership. There were men’s and women’s singles events with Bob Jones of Ohio triumphing for the guys and Alice Enos best lady.
Pete and Lesley Davis of the UK were first time entrants and acquitted themselves well in this top-level company.
The whole affair was successfully run with great precision and in an extremely friendly way, thanks in no small measure to the many dedicated volunteers from the Clearwater club.
New website for the UK Shuffleboard Association can be found at ; shuffleboard.uk
The TV company that filmed the first UK Shuffleboard tournament in Norwich are now showing it on their website. So if you missed it first time round then click HERE for a chance to see it online.
After much planning and amid great expectation the first Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament went ahead as planned on 29th April.. A total of 48 players battled it out on a singles basis over 3 days. All 4 semi-finalists came from Canada and victory went to Murray Burnett in a close-fought match with Maureen Bryan.
The 12 strong squad of British players were rather apprehensive about competing with their more experienced visitors, but in the end almost all achieved at least one victory in the preliminary stage and Roger Garwood and Martin Wanger defied predictions by sailing through to the knock-out rounds.
Overall the reaction from visitors and home players alike was that the tournament was an outstanding success. New friendships were fostered and promises of future competition were given. Perhaps the real star of the show was St Andrews Hall itself which provided a stunning backdrop for the occasion.
The event has given a huge boost to shuffleboard in the local area following extensive press, radio and tv coverage. More news to follow soon on trial events at Norwich community and sports centres.
Roger Garwood and Martin Wanger
Excitement is building as the dates of the first major UK shuffleboard tournament draw closer. The event has attracted considerable coverage in the local press and is expected to be featured by Radio Norfolk and Mustard TV. We also seem assured of a good attendance from the general public in the city, just keen to find out what shuffleboard is all about.
Our event is taking place in historic St Andrews Hall in the heart of Norwich. We hope this 15th Century building will prove to be an inspiring venue for our visitors, two thirds of whom are Canadian and one third from USA. They will be joined by 12 local players who are keen to test themselves against their more experienced counterparts from across the pond.
Shuffleboard is really the most social and sociable of games. We fully expect many new friendships to be forged in April at this most friendly of competitions.
The initial round – robin matches will take place over the first two days, Weds 29th and Thurs 30th April. The best 16 players will compete in a knock-out format on Friday 1st, concluding around lunchtime.
We are keen to welcome visitors of all ages to the event. We expect to set up two courts to play a shorter version of the game and there will be plenty of helpful advice on hand; or you may just want to watch how the experts do it.
We will be inviting visitors from local sports and community centres as well as hotels, holiday parks and retirement homes to see shuffleboard in action. After the event we are ready to offer help and practical assistance in setting up more playing groups in the local area.
Remember , entry is free , so please come along and see what shuffleboard has to offer.
Plans are taking shape for the Norwich Open Shuffleboard event during w/c 26th April next year. Our original idea was to play the tournament on full-sized roll-out courts but the decision has now been made to switch to the superb Deluxe Polytile Courts which provide the perfect playing surface for the game .
Plans are in place to access St Andrews Hall in advance so that the courts can be set up ready for a prompt start at 9.00a.m. on Weds 29th. 48 entrants (including 12 Brits) will play in round-robin groups of 8 over the first 2 days with the top 16 players going through to the finals.
We are also delighted to say we have a top tournament director , David Earle, lined up to take care of the competition while his wife Glenna, the world’s no1 lady competitor, will be on hand to give instruction to new-comers.