Low entry numbers received for 2022 a concern for the staging of future Tournament’s?
With surprise & disappointment we must advise all competitors that the number of entries we received for the 2022 Tournament failed to reach our minimum entry requirements?
In 2019 we received a total of 105 entries, however the total entries received for 2022 were significantly reduced to just 62. While we did anticipate a small drop in entries as we emerge from the awful Coronavirus Pandemic, which prevented us from running the event in 2020 & 2021, we certainly did not expect to face the prospect of receiving insufficient entries to make the staging of the 2022 Tournament financially viable or to sustain the usual full programme of scheduled play throughout the week?
Under normal circumstances we would have regrettably had to cancel the running of the event? However, Brian and I recognise that we have relaunched the Tournament during a period of unprecedentedly difficult times, with the ongoing pandemic and the soaring cost of living crisis due to the war in Ukraine being the two foremost of the various reasons why many of you may have been unable to enter the tournament this year?
We have therefore decided to proceed with the staging of the 68th Tournament, despite the financial loss we will incur as a result, and we will endeavour to organise the schedule of play to minimise any impact on our competitor’s participation in the event, so you all enjoy your week with us both on and off the greens!
As we are sure all of our competitors will appreciate, we run our tournament on a very tight budget, relying on a sufficient level of entries to generate the income we require, when combined with our sponsorship and advertising revenue, to fully cover the competition prize monies and all of our operating costs?
Whilst we sincerely hope that the unexpected significant drop off in entries received this year was a “blip” due to the current unprecedented circumstances outlined above, we must make all our valued competitors aware that if we were again to receive insufficient entries for the 2023 Tournament that we may well have to cancel the event!
Brian and myself will be recommending that we should proceed with organising the 69th Tournament in 2023 at our next Committee Meeting on the 26th June, and are hopeful that the Committee will support our recommendation? We would also hope that all our competitors, especially those who were unable to enter in 2022, will also support us by returning in 2023 as we believe you all would agree with our view that it would be a great shame to lose this longstanding and unique event from the summer outdoor bowling calendar in Hampshire?
Brian Hopper & Kerry Clements
SOBT Hon Secretary & Hon Assistant Secretary
Until Start of 2023 Tournament
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