Online bingo caller competitionIf you are a regular to bricks and mortar bingo as well as online bingo, why not support your local club by mentioning the Bingo Caller of the Year 2008 competition?

Any clubs that are members of the NGBA can apply, and a boost that a prestigious title like this can do wonders for your favourite club. Entry forms are now available to download, so it's easy to get your hands on one and pass it on to your favourite caller - it could be all they need to boost their confidence in entering this competition.

There has been talk in the bingo camp of a misunderstanding of the rules of this event and some callers think they will have to sing or tell jokes to win, as each caller is expected to be able to entertain the crowd as part of their entry. It is true that callers have to be able to entertain the crowd for three minutes prior to play, but for the less exhibitionist callers out there this need only mean that they engage the crowd. There's no need to learn a stand up routine if that's not part of their usual turn; simply doing what they do best will suffice and makes up only 10% of the total marks.

With a £250 prize for the regional winner title and £500 to the national champion, as well as an all-expenses trip to America for two, there really is everything to play for in this fab celebration of those that entertain us. This prestigious title will also mean your favourite caller will get radio and press interviews which is the kind of attention they deserve, so encourage your favourite caller to enter today.

Gala clubs are gearing up for their own in-house competition with the finals expected in June, but this doesn't mean you can't nudge one of their callers to enter both if you think they deserve a free holiday too! Mecca clubs are involved in taking part in this contest and already have the 2007 winner under their belts, so votes for any of their current callers will be taken very seriously.

Bingo Hideout support online bingo players entering their favourite Chat Hosts to prominent titles, so we thought it only fair to encourage players who play in both live and online games to reward those who make the game the enjoyable experience that it is too.

Given the current decline in live bingo halls, support such as this especially from loyal players could help to turn media attention back around to the wonderful work that these people do.