Benitachell Bowls Club has a long association with umpiring and marking - the Costa Blanca Umpires and Markers Association was founded by BBC member Harry Winfield in 1994 and both Harry and Tony Lawley have served as President in recent years. Tony has been running the Markers and Umpires Courses for a number of years now.
Benitachell B.C. can probably boast more umpires and markers than any other club in Spain, with over fifty association members. Their activities at club level are coordinated by the CBUMA delegate. This includes appointing umpires and markers for club competitions and championships as requested by the Bowls Committee - no mean feat with our busy bowling calendar, and particularly challenging for the B.B.C. Open Competition in the spring which involves, as well as pairs and triples, very large entries for both men's and ladies' singles, with the consequent need for numerous "volunteers" to mark.
For those requiring the services of a qualified marker for their club championship singles matches, an up-to-date list of association members can be found by clicking on the "BBC Umpires" and "BBC Markers" tabs above.
The CBUMA runs regular courses for markers, usually at least one course per year in the North Alicante region. These are intensive three-day courses of both theory and practice over a two week period culminating in a practical and written assessment. they are generally much enjoyed by the participants, who are always surprised how much there is to learn.
Qualified markers are subsequently eligible to apply to join an umpires course, also held over three days, normally one per year in the province. Details of upcoming courses, including update and refresher courses for existing members, can be found on the notice board and on this web page.