Clubs

Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

This is where you will find all news which is relevant to EBU affiliated clubs.

Please note the important information relating to the General Data Protection Regulation. All clubs and counties must be compliant by 25th May 2018

We also produced a quarterly online newsletter for clubs - Club Management Focus - and past issues are collated here.

Since April 2010, the EBU has been funded through Universal Membership which means that anyone playing in an EBU-affiliated club (provided they are a member of that club) automatically becomes a member of the EBU and pays a small subscription amount each time they play.

If your club is not yet affiliated, then please read about the Benefits of Affiliation. You can also read a series of articles from EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, in Bridge magazine in which he explains what the EBU is doing to help clubs, players, and the game in general, in England, and outlines the benefits of affiliating and supporting the national governing body - Bridge magazine articles. In particular, the reasons why he believes clubs should affiliate are covered in this article.

To affiliate download and complete the one of the following forms:

We hope affiliated clubs will choose to use the 'affiliated clubs logo'.

For a full directory of EBU affiliated clubs please visit the Club Directory.

The EBU is always available to give advice and assistance to affiliated clubs - please contact us on 01296 317200, or send us an email, with any questions you may have.

Similarly if you would like any information on the services we offer, and to find out more about the benefits of affiliation, please get in touch.

Club News

Eight teams reach Garden Cities final

The eight teams which will consist the final of the Garden Cities Trophy are known, after the Regional Finals took place on Saturday. The competition is for each county's teams-of-eight champions.

The qualifiers are:
Northern heat, at Bradford: Manchester BC, Manchester; Deva BC, Merseyside & Cheshire
South West heat, at Bristol: Petersfield BC, Hampshire; Bristol BC, Avon;
South East heat, at Richmond: Tunbridge Wells BC, Kent; Reading BC, Berks & Bucks
Midlands heat, at Peterborough: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Peterborough BC, Cambs & Hunts;

The final will take place on 23rd June.

Grants available to clubs for capital expenditure

Once again a fund is available from which grants can be made to assist affiliated clubs with capital expenditure. Applications are being taken, and should be made by Monday 30th April.

The most common applications have in the past been for assistance with buying dealing machines or wireless scoring systems, though in principle any capital expenditure might qualify. You can read about the grants given in 2016 and 2017 here.

The EBU will provide funding to successful applicants of no more than half the total expenditure, but there is a limited fund available and in order to help as many clubs as possible those who apply for a smaller proportion are more likely to be successful.

Clubs that are successful must undertake to remain affiliated to the EBU for at least three years or else to repay the appropriate portion of the grant.

Applicants should email gordon@ebu.co.uk with the following information:

  • What equipment is needed and what is its total cost
  • How much contribution from the EBU is being requested
  • Where the remaining funds will come from
  • Why the club can’t fund the entire purchase (providing a copy of the club’s accounts might be useful supporting documentation in this regard)
  • Whether other clubs will also benefit from the grant, such as if the club is intending to deal boards for another club as well

A new online shop for the Bridge Warehouse

The Bridge Warehouse has a new online shop. We hope you like the new, modern platform, and that you find it easy to use.

All profit from sales in the Bridge Warehouse is reinvested by the EBU in activities and services for its members and affiliated clubs. If everyone shops at The Bridge Warehouse we will all be better off, so please support it. If you see an item that is cheaper on another site then please get in touch with us before you shop elsewhere - we will match competitors’ prices where possible.

Preston BC opens new facilities thanks to lottery grant

Preston Bridge Club have recently celebrated the official opening of their new facilities, with EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy joining them at the event. You can read more about the opening in the Lancashire Post Online.

The project was helped by funding from The Big Lottery, which enabled the purchase of new equipment, including Bridgemates, dealing machines, computers and kitchen equipment. They were aided in the application process by Third Sector Consultancy (TSC), who have also helped Somerset CBA's application, and are currently working with English Bridge Education & Development.

Any clubs or counties thinking of applying for lottery funding through Awards for All may wish to use TSC's services. Either contact them directly, or contact Club Liaison Officer, Bev Purvis (bev@ebu.co.uk), who can put you in touch with them.