Club

Korean Professional in Le Pantin, Brussels

26/05/2014 - 17:00
26/05/2014 - 20:00
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The go club Le Pantin is proud to announce that Baduk professional player Cho Mikyung will join us on Monday 26. She will play games with anyone interested and teach us. She is an excellent teacher and speaks fluent English.

Meeting will take place in the café "Le Pantin", Chaussée d'Ixelles, 355 in Brussels. This visit is part of a series of events that our federation organizes for her.

Everybody is most welcome to come along and meet her.

Korean Professional in L'Eau Chaude, Brussels

24/05/2014 - 17:00
24/05/2014 - 20:00
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The go club Le Pantin is proud to announce that Baduk professional player Cho Mikyung will join us on Saturday 24. She will play games with anyone interested and teach us. She is an excellent teacher and speaks fluent English.

The meeting will take place at the café "L'Eau Chaude", Rue des Renards in Brussels (the newly usual meeting place of Le Pantin for the past few months). Note however that we are starting the event one hour later than usual.

Everybody is most welcome to come along and meet her.

Christmas-Go in Kempen/Geel

26/12/2011 - 19:00
26/12/2011 - 22:00
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The starting club of Kempen/Geel is organizing a Christmas party with Christmas decorations, music, surprises, and of course a lof of Go!
Place : Café 't Bakhuis, Markt 13 Geel
Playing times : Monday at 19:00
Email : club_kempen@gofed.be
Website
Everyone is welcome but if you wish to take part, please send an email to club_kempen@gofed.be

Merry Christmas!!

Beginner activity in Kempen/Geel

12/12/2011 - 19:00
12/12/2011 - 22:00
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On Dec. 12th at 19h00, lessons for beginners will be organized in the following Go club:
Kempen/Geel
Place : Café 't Bakhuis, Markt 13 Geel
Playing times : Monday at 19:00
Email : club_kempen@gofed.be
Website
with the help of teachers from Antwerp and Leuven. Everyone is welcome! Please contact club_kempen@gofed.be if you wish to join.

Club president manual

Club president role

As Club President, your responsibility is to take care of the life of your club: welcome beginners, organize Go activities, recruit new members, etc.
It could become quite a heavy task to do it properly, especially in the beginning. But the enjoyment of your club players is rewarding and you would get the satisfaction to contribute greatly to the development of Go in Belgium.

For advice about how to handle successfully your club activities, please read the following guide for Go Club animation:

Your contribution is also crucial for the organization of Go related activities. As Go president, we expect from you to:

  • Register regular players of your club and collect membership fees: allowing them to benefit from the services of the Federation (lessons, tournaments, rating...)
  • Ensure data of your club on the gofed site is up-to-date (club address/opening hours ? members contact info ?)
  • Communicate with the Federation board about your projects, your members needs and how the Federation might help you (as well as how you may help the Federation).
  • Inform or participate in belgian Go related activities (tournaments to come, encourage volunteering, Federation meetings, go lessons...)
  • Ask every year if your players want to take part to the Interclubs and choose a team captain
  • Send club games results to the ratings team (rating@gofed.be)

See below a complete explanation on how to perform the registration activity.

1) Collect and register yearly membership fees

A. Collect membership contact info and fees

Each regular player of a Go club has to pay a yearly Federation membership fee and a yearly Club membership fee.

a) The Federation membership fee is mandatory for regular players. Players who are not registered are not allowed to benefit from activities organized by the Federation (tournaments, ranking, Go camps...).
The amount of the Federation membership fee is decided each year at the General Assembly.
Since 2018, the membership fee of the BGF is 20 EUR. For players under 18 years old the fee is 10 EUR.

b) we advice each club president to also collect at the same time a yearly Club membership fee for a moderate amount (5 or 10 EUR per year). Although optional, this club membership fee is strongly recommended ! This amount is managed by the club president for club expenses such as material renewal and to give yourselves the freedom to provide extra services to the members of your club (books for the club, printing of pedagogic documents, etc.).

B.Validate membership fee of existing players

For each player who has paid the membership fee, log in and click in the left column BGF-admin --> members --> edit, then select the member you want to update, press "edit" right to the name, then press "membership" in the upper line, select your club name in the list and add membership for the current year.
Then please send membership fees to the BGF account (BE-24-775-5962122-38). As soon as the treasurer receives the money, he'll validate the membership.

*** If you have a large number of members to register, you can also transfer all money in one unique transfer clearly indicating club name AND, in parallel, send to treasurer@gofed.be a list of the members for whom you made the transfer, clearly mentioning the same club name.
Also don’t forget to send the estimated ranks for new players to rating@gofed.be.
(see below).

C. Register new players - update personal information

If you need to add a new member or update the personal information of an existing player, log in on the website (left column) and click on BGF-admin --> Members --> add (new member) or --> edit (update of existing member); then enter the required information:

  • Family name and first name
  • Email (important! We communicate through this)
  • Other contact fields: Address (needed for Belgo magazine) and phone number.

After pressing the "add contact" button, click also on "accounts". Create an account name and enter the member's email address again (an email will be sent to the player to confirm the account). Attention please: when you create account for the BGF website, please prefer something like "last name + first letter of first name" rather than "hikaru007", thank you!

2) Send rating estimation of new players (or for players who need adjustment)

For new players without rank, please send an email to rating@gofed.be with the name of the player(s) and estimated rank(s). Ideally, all those having access to the rating list and contributing to it are in the rating@gofed.be alias.
Note: The update of the BGF rating page can take some time and members often complain about that. Please explain them that all is done by volunteers who have to cope with work, study and other daily life problems besides BGF. Thank you for your comprehension !

3) Answer mails sent to your club and ensure club information is up-to-date

Every club has a club email address which is redirected to the personal mail address of the club president. Please ensure that this email always work because it is not only used by the Federation to communicate with your club but also by external individuals who would like to enter in contact with you.
Also should your club address or opening hours have changed, ensure that the club page below is also updated:
https://www.gofed.be/clubs
If you need to update club info, please send the new address or new opening hours or new president mail to secretary@gofed.be.

4) Manage material, buy at reduced prices via the Federation

Regularly the Federation buys Go boards and stones in large quantities and clubs are invited to join in to benefit from reduced prices.
This material, bought using club money coming from club membership fee, can be used for use by your club or be sold for the same price to club members.

In case of specific needs, contact for material is: materiel@gofed.be

For a purchase, pay the amount to the BGF BEFORE getting the material (we check you have paid before giving it to you)
775-5962122-38; IBAN : BE24-7755-9621-2238.

New Go Club

You have the project to start a Go club ?
The Federation can support your project.

Material

The Federation can provide you with a "starter kit". This material (goban) is second hand but sold at very low price:

This "starter kit" consists in:
- 2 sets of glass stones for 5 € each
- 2 gobans 19x19 for 5 € each
- 2 gobans 13x13/9x9 free
- 1 goban 7x7/6x6 free

Therefore, the starter kit costs 30 EUR.

Remark:
- Actually, this cost should be covered by your "club membership fee" (f.i. 5 €) within a couple of years
- In the case your club ceases its activities, the Federation guarantees you to buy the material back at buying price (deducing damage, if any).

PS: in case you wish better quality or more material: we sell it at (cost) price, the reduced prices only apply for the starter kit,

We also give some promotional / pedagogic material (visit cards...) for free.

Helpful links

- Promotional documentation is available at the "promotional material" section on the gofed.be site
- Internet help:

Of course to benefit from these services you need to be member of the Belgian Go Federation yourself.

Ready to start your club ?

1. Send an email to board@gofed.be with complete contact information of the new club president, name of the club, adress and the meeting hours.
This will be published on the gofed site.
You will then receive an email adresse such as "club_outsiplou@gofed.be" which will be linked to the adress of the president of the club to allow everyone to contact your club.

2. Send an email to "materiel@gofed.be" mentioning what you would need and where and how we could meet you.

3. Once your club is launched, please see this page.

Go clubs in Belgium

Find a nearby Go club

Map showing the location of Go clubs in Belgium - and around the World.

**** IMPORTANT ****
The new Covid measures forbids any cultural related activities gatherings.
Go clubs have stopped their activities until the situation improves again. This includes weekly meetings as well as any sort of Go tournament (such as Interclubs). Therefore we meet on Internet to play Go (OGS, KGS...) until the situation improves.

Belgian Go clubs on Internet

Ath

  • OGS: group "Jeu de Go Hainaut (Club Ath)"
  • Wednesday evening
    Facebook
    Communication: invite Discord

    Bruxelles Pantin

  • KGS: room “Le Pantin”
  • OGS: group "Club le Pantin | Bruxelles"
  • Monday 17:00 – 21:00 and saturday 16:00 – 21:00.
    Communication: invite Discord

    Bruxelles Phenix

  • OGS: group “Club Phenix - Bruxelles”
  • Thursday: 19:00 – 23:00
    Communication: invite Discord (or via Skype)

    Leuven

  • KGS: room "Leuven Go Club”
  • Every Tuesday, starting time is around 20:30.
    Communication via Discord, ask for an invite to one of the club members in the KGS room.

    List of Go clubs

    Antwerpen

    Place :  The Playground
    Pelikaanstraat 3/1270
    2018 Antwerp
    Playing times :  Thursday at 20:00
    Email :  club_antwerpen@gofed.be
    Website :  http://goclubantwerpen.be
    Members

    Ath

    Place :  Café Donquichotte De La Dendre
    Rue de France 38
    7800 Ath
    Playing times :  Wednesday à 20:15
    Email :  club_ath@gofed.be
    Website :  https://www.facebook.com/groups/jeudegohainaut
    Members

    Brussel/Bruxelles : Phénix GO Club

    Place :  (Thu) Outpost - Rue de la Tribune, 8
    (Sat) Libr Gr Mur - Av Paul Deschanel 92
    (Thu) 1000 BXL / (Sat)1030 Schaerbeek
    Playing times :  (Thu) 19h-23h / (Saturday)14h-18h
    Email :  club_phenix@gofed.be
    Website :  https://gophenix.wordpress.com/welcome/
    Members

    Bruxelles/Brussel : Le Pantin

    Place :  (Mon) Le Pantin, ch. d'Ixelles 355
    (Sat) La Brocante, Rue Blaes, 170
    1050 Ixelles (Mo) / 1000 Bruxelles (Sa)
    Playing times :  Monday: 17:00-21:00 / Saturday: 16:00-21:00
    Email :  club_pantin@gofed.be
    Members

    Gents Go Genootschap

    Place :  The Outpost
    Ottergemsesteenweg 13
    9000 Gent
    Playing times :  Tuesday at 19:00
    Email :  club_gent@gofed.be
    Website :  http://www.gentgo.be
    Members

    Go Club Hasselt

    Place :  Café De Linck
    Maastrichterstraat 107
    3500 Hasselt
    Playing times :  Thursday at 20:00
    Email :  club_hasselt@gofed.be
    Members

    Leuven

    Place :  Cafe Sport
    Martelarenplein 13
    3000 Leuven
    Playing times :  Tuesdays at 20:15
    Email :  club_leuven@gofed.be
    Website :  http://www.goclubleuven.be/
    Members

    Liège

    Place :  Le Toussaint
    Rue Ernest de Bavière 1
    4020 Liège
    Playing times :  Thursday at 18:30
    Email :  club_liege@gofed.be
    Website :  http://www.goliege.be
    Members

    Louvain-La-Neuve

    Place :  Café Altérez-Vous
    Place des Brabançons 6A
    1348 Louvain-La-Neuve
    Playing times :  Tuesday at 20:30
    Email :  club_lln@gofed.be
    Members

    Namur

    Place :  Aux 3D - Board Game Café
    1, Abbé Joseph André Square
    5000 Namur
    Playing times :  Monday from 19:00 on
    Email :  club_namur@gofed.be
    Members

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