Toby Manning

The Youth Committee exists to promote Go amongst young people up to the age of about 18. In this context, youth ends when school ends, so that, for example, the Student Development Co-ordinator, who is responsible for promoting Go in Universities and Colleges, is on the Clubs and Membership Committee rather than the Youth Committee.

An important part of the work of the Youth Committee is the encouragement of the teaching of Go (for instance the residential youth camp) and supporting clubs in schools, such as by the organisation of the UK Go Challenge (13x13 tournament for schools).

The Youth Committee operates under the BGA's Youth Policies.

Young players are, of course, welcomed and encouraged to attend adult tournaments and other events generally (accompanied by a responsible adult).

To contact a Youth officer, email:

Role Job Description Person
Child Protection Adviser

As described in the policy on working with children and young people, the Child Protection Adviser provides advice to members involved in youth go activities.

Members should contact the CPA to discuss any situation of concern that may come to their notice.

Sue Paterson
Junior Web Site Editor

Edits the junior section of the web site, including the lists contained thereon.

Ex-officio (see Online Committee)

Martin Harvey
Online Youth Go Adviser

To encourage and support Go playing online.

Member of the Sub-Committee developing a Youth Go server in collaboration with the American Go Foundation.

Paul Smith
Squad Leader

Leader of the UK Youth Go Squad.

This squad provides coaching and competitions for keen juniors who are aiming to become strong enough to represent the UK in the European Youth Championships and European Youth Go Team Championship. The leader monitors youth players to look for new members.

Alison Bexfield
UK Go Challenge

Organises the annual UK Go Challenge competition for schools.

Tony Atkins
UK Youth Team

Organises international matches with other countries, normally via the Internet.

Martin Harvey
Youth Adviser

Advises on Youth matters.

Member of Sub-committee developing Youth Go Server in collaboration with the American Go Foundation.

Chris Sutherland
Youth Championship

Organises the annual British Youth Go Championship.

Tony Atkins
Youth Grand Prix Organiser

Keeps track of the points scored in the annual Youth Grand Prix (see junior section).

Tony Atkins
Youth Teaching

Organises online teaching sessions for promising junior players


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