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  • 2016/05/24
    A reminder that the League AGM is on Tuesday 7th June
    at the Leamington Spa Liberal Club at 7.30.

  • 2016/05/11
    Congratulations to Kenilworth's Ben Graff on winning the Individual Under 150 title.
    Ben saw off Abbie Stevens, Andy Johnson and Gilbert Csecs before beating Alberto Albeniz
    with a draw and a win in the final.

  • 2016/05/05
    The Team Knock Out Finals were held at the Olton venue on Tuesday.
    A strong Kenilworth team decisively beat Banbury 3.5:1.5 in the Open KO.
    Leamington also beat Banbury in the Under 700 KO with their bottom board securing the win that gave them the trophy.
    Leamington also won the Under 120 by a clear 3.5:0.5 margin.
    Thanks to Olton for their friendly and efficient organisation.
    For photos click here

  • 2016/05/02
    Congratulations to Ola Olalaye on winning the Leamington individual Open final.
    Ola who plays for Leamington beat Tom Darling, Peter Drury and Jason Madden.

  • 2016/05/01
    Warwickshire U100 County Team have a National Knockout Match against Kent on Saturday 21st May 2016.
    If you were rated under 100 in the July 2015 ECF listings and play in the Leamington League you qualify for selection.
    Any player wishing to be considered for selection for the above Match should contact Richard Buxton
    by text message on 07710594627 or by phone on 01789205367 ASAP.
    The Match is being held at a neutral venue in Bucks, with shared car transport normally being available.
    Take this opportunity to represent your County at National level.

  • 2016/04/28
    The 2016 Leamington League Lightning Tournament took place on Wednesday 27th April at Solihull's Blossomfield Club.
    31 players competed at the rate of 5 minutes per game over 9 rounds.
    7 clubs from the League were represemted and there were graded sections set at Under 140 and Under 110.
    Early leaders included Mark Page and Ben Graff (Kenilworth), Robert Reynolds (Olton), Ian Brodie and Clement Meunier (Solihull).
    Mark and Clement remained level pegging into the later rounds, but the final round proved decisive, when Mark lost.

    The Intermediate section was very close from the beginning, with a good showing from Mike Johnson and Dave Shurrock (Kenilworth),
    Jason Madden (Leamington), Jim Gillespie (Olton) and Kevin Bowman (Daventry).
    After the final round, it was Jim and Kevin involved in a play-off, which was won by Kevin.

    In the Minor section, Martin Goodwin (Solihull) and Paul Hodgskin (Olton) led from the outset
    and it was these two who were involved in a play-off, which was won by Paul.

    Thanks to Richard Reynolds for running the Tournament and to Solihull for hosting it.
    For full details see Lightning page.

  • 2016/04/24
    The Team Knock Out Finals will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at the Olton venue at 7.30

  • 2016/04/22
    The ECF have recently published the updated “Child Safeguarding Policy”, which replaces the former “ECF Child Protection Policy” with immediate effect.
    It is a requirement of your insurance that this revised policy be followed.
    The ECF had hoped to produce a summary of the policy, to act as a guide for clubs and associations when it is being implemented.
    However, they have received legal advice which warned them against publishing a summary.
    Every section is important, and a summary may encourage omission.
    Each organisation MUST have a Lead for Safeguarding, likewise a Safeguarding Officer (these may well be the same person).
    This new Policy must be brought to their attention, and they will be best placed to consider what changes you may need to make to your existing procedures,
    and when and how widely the document needs to be circulated.
    You should also retain a copy for your records, as per the Care Risk Management Conditions of your Schedule.
    The ECF Safeguarding Children Policy has now been updated, and can be found here.

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