Spotlight on... Reg Belcham
Reg Belchem, President of Whitstable YBC has been associated with the Club for many years. Firstly as an enthusiastic parent, then as an Instructor within the Club, moving on to instruct at Junior County Level and he has also been a member of the JET coaching Team at the National Academy.
Reg's calm persona, knowledge and love of the sport have helped many young bowlers over the years. He has played a major role in helping Whitstable YBC become the high profile, high achieving and highly respected Club that it is today. His quiet, relaxed style of coaching and leadership, heading a dedicated team of coaches, have helped Whitstable bowlers achieve individual progression in their game; many of whom have bowled in Kent Junior, YAC and Adult Teams. Reg has been on the lanes with the Kent Junior girls for many years and has been part of the victorious teams that have been crowned Inter-County Champions at U14, U16 and U18 levels.
More recently Reg has played a huge part in helping his daughter Kirsty and Whitstable YBC bowler, Hannah Frost, to achieve their places in Junior Team England; Kirsty at the European Championships in Helsinki, Finland in 2008 and Hannah in two Triple Crowns in Caerphilly in Wales 2008 and Stirling in Scotland 2009.
Achieving Clubmark for Whitstable YBC has definitely been a personal triumph for Reg as well as for the Club. He embarked on an unknown journey to get the accreditation; it took him about a year to collate and implement all the relevant documents and policies, and after much blood, sweat and tears he was successful.
Whitstable YBC achieving Clubmark has had an enormous impact on the sport across the country; tenpin bowling has been recognised for the technical, skilful, fully inclusive sport that it is, as well as being a very enjoyable recreation.
Sandra Frost, said,
"Since the award, Reg has generously shared his journey with others involved in junior bowling and this has led to a steering committee being set up to help other clubs achieve Clubmark for themselves. This recognition has been an extremely positive move forward for the sport; many thanks to Reg for his example of loyalty, dedication and pure hard work."