Comprising the FBGOA and the GBF

Latest FBGOA News


The executive committee of the FBGOA personnel is as follows:

  • Chairman:
    John Haynes
  • Vice Chairman:
    Terry Veasey
  • Secretary:
    John Waldron
  • Treasurer:
    John Alcock
  • Committee:
    Paul Koller
    Bob Gilling
    John Simpson
  • Hon. President:
    Arthur Hammond

This new website aims to inform affiliated associations and to this end it is appropriate to start with good news.

Upon advice of a projected but unexpected rise in the Bookmakers’ voluntary levy from greyhound betting turnover, the Chairman’s Select Committee submitted a claim of £1m. to be allocated to prize money. There was competing claims from other stakeholders in receipt of central funding but after protracted negotiations and cogent argument the “powers that be” approved a grant of £1m. to be distributed between October 2011 and December 2012. This works out at approximately £40,000 per track.

Means of distribution then had to be decided and with the co-operation of the Promoters’ Association and GBGB it was thought that maximum publicity for the initiative by the distributor, British Greyhound Racing Fund would be achieved by promoting BGRF graded sweepstakes at the rate of roughly two per month per track, for as wide a range of grades as possible.

Normal prize money would be paid for heats but the finals would carry a first prize of £500 with the equivalent of £100 to also-rans, £100 to the winning trainer, and a trophy and presentation jacket to winning owner. No track money will be payable for the final but its value will be carried forward to be used as graded bonus money at a later date.

With the experience of auditing the use of carried forward funds in relation to the old Open Race BGRF funding, the Federation asked for comprehensive conditions to be adopted in relation to this new competition and these have been published and distributed to all track managements. Local associations are urged to be familiar with the rules and conditions of these competitions and if they have any problems, we are here to help and advice.

An additional sweetener has been the announcement of £5,000 BGRF Christmas Bonus prize money both for 2011 and 2012. The Federation now have nearly all licensed tracks as members and is the only voice for owners at the highest level.

FBGOA: Appointment of new Chairman, GBGB

We would like to inform you that a new Chairman of GBGB has been appointed. The appointments committee interviewed candidates put forward by recruiting company Nolans. The applicants were of an extremely high calibre and the committee put their choice to the GBGB Board at a meeting on 14th May when Mr. Tom Kelly was proposed and the […]

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Review of Racing Greyhounds legislation, 2015

DEFRA is conducting a survey directed at interested parties as to how the 2010 regulations affecting greyhound racing have worked out in the intervening period. A number of personal interviews are taking place and DEFRA are also inviting other persons and bodies involved within the Sport to submit, if they wish, an online response to […]

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Please note the AGM will be held on Sunday 12th October at the Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium, Aldridge Road at 11am.

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Message to Members, Autumn 2013

With reference to our prize money budget for 2014, the Chairman called a meeting of his sub-committee on 6th September to discuss in addition to regular items, the claim for p.m. for next year. It was decided to submit a neutral claim similar to 2013’s formula. This had to be viewed against an anticipated fall […]

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FBGOA AGM: 29th April 2012

NOTICE OF AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT OXFORD GREYHOUND STADIUM, SANDY LANE, COWLEYON SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2012 AT 11 A.M. AGENDA Apologies Minutes of the last meeting Matters arising Treasurer’s report and membership Chairman’s report and update Election of officers and committee Any other business Closure Notes Please advise the Secretary if you […]

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