Monday, 25 January 2016

Yet More UK Data – BHGS Doubles

In the last week or so I’ve posted both my annual review of the Northern League and then added the trends from the South West DBM League to create a supra-regional picture of 15 mm ancient & medieval wargames leagues here in the UK.

The extension of my first review was made possible by John Graham-Leigh who got in touch and provided the necessary data.  In the resulting email discussion he suggested broadening the analysis to include competitions in the South Western League’s catchment area.

I looked in to this but in the end I decided that adding data from annual events would only muddy the picture.  Not least because the factors governing participation in leagues are different from those of governing annual events.  For example, the level of commitment required to attend four or five rounds of a league is different from that required to attend a weekend competition.

Simultaneously Tim Porter also got in touch suggesting I look at the BHGS Doubles League.  At first this appeared to be a great idea: a national league to sit alongside the regional leagues.  It turned out not to be such a good idea and a lesson in “data quality management”.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Northern League – 2015 Review Extra

One of the most interesting replies I received following the publication of my 2015 review of the Northern League was from John Graham-Leigh.  He runs the DBM Doubles League based in the South Western UK which was known as the South West Doubles League until 2011.

He kindly provided me with comparable data for the DBM Doubles League covering 2008-15.  I couldn’t resist running a quick comparison not least because in the South West they remained true to DBM whilst in the North they moved away from DBM running DBM, FOG AM and DBMM competitions as early as 2008. DBM last ran in the Northern League in 2009.

Before comparing the two leagues I wanted to look at the combined trend; not least because it will say something about the national scene as far as regional leagues are concerned.  To compare the attendance data I’ve summed the numbers playing in all the Northern League’s ancient & medieval competitions regardless of the rules used.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Northern League - 2015 Review

Doesn’t time fly?  Is it time to review the state of the Northern League, the competition scene in the North of England, once again?  It appears so.

If you want to read the background to this analysis have a look at last year’s post. In it I said that "2015 looks like it's going to be another year of transition. As the Chinese curse says "may you live in interesting times".  This has turned out to be all too true as the graph below shows:

It's clear that overall attendance has continued to decline and the downward trend from 2011 to 2015 cannot be ignored.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016