Clubs

Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

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

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 read about the Benefits of Affiliation. To affiliate complete the Application Form.

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

Our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, is always available to give advice and assistance to clubs. You can contact him by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk.

Andrew’s role is to support all the EBU affiliated clubs in England (over 600 of them!) and he has visited over 50 clubs since his appointment in May 2012. If you would like to arrange a visit from Andrew to discuss the services which the EBU provides for clubs then please let him know.

Club News

Young Chelsea BC recognised as a charity

We are pleased to report that the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London has been recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission. This will assist them in their promotion of bridge within the community, and also as they seek to establish new premises in which to play and teach.

It joins a growing list of bridge clubs and County Associations which have been recognised as charities. In addition the English Bridge Education and Development charity is working towards growing the game nationally and building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. For more information on its activities please visit the website, contact info@ebedcio.org.uk, or call 01296 317218.

Earlier this month the EBU announced the work it has done with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. This will hopefully enable more clubs to receive this recognition. More information is available via the link below, or from the Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski - andrew@ebu.co.uk or 01296 317206.

Updated information on Novice Session rates

In addition to the information in the news item below, after further deliberations the situation with regard to Novice Sessions will be as follows from 01 October 2014:

1) Novice Sessions may now be more than 16 boards if required. If these sessions are submitted to the EBU the club must use code 22 which will be charged at 50% of the Universal Membership Subscription (P2P) rate of normal sessions. Codes 4 and 11 will no longer be available as of 01 October, 2014.

2) These sessions will attract Magazine points but will not attract master points or be graded for the NGS (national Grading Scheme). It is up to the club to decide whether they wish to submit the results in order for their novices to earn magazine points or not. The EBU magazine is expensive to produce and therefore we feel that everyone receiving a copy should make a contribution to the cost.

3) Novice Sessions are strictly defined as follows and must be open to non-members of the club:
• Teaching Sessions
• Supervised Play Sessions
• Other sessions where no more than 10% of players are above Area Master (500 Local Points) which are designed to encourage novices into mainstream club events

We hope you will agree that these changes are very positive and will encourage the provision of Novice Sessions at clubs in an effort to help membership recruitment.

If you require any further clarification then please don’t hesitate to our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206

Changes to Player Session Rates codes from 1st October

As outlined in the recent Club Management Focus newsletter and in the new Master Point and Licensing Handbook, there are changes to Player Session Rates (PSR’s) 04, 11 & 22 coming into effect. These are the codes currently used for submitting results of the various different types of teaching/supervised play sessions.

The EBU Board have decided to simplify the structure because under the old structure players who didn’t pay (and may have received help) were awarded Master Points, while those who paid half-price didn’t receive any. Hence the decision to remove PSR’s 04 and 11 from 1st October 2014.

PSR 22 will remain and be the only code for submitting supervised play or training sessions but clubs which do not wish to register such training sessions do not have to do so. In other words, if the players do not wish to earn magazine points then the club can choose not to register these sessions. Please note that if an individual wishes to become an EBU member in order to receive the EBU magazine and enjoy the other benefits of EBU membership then they can always join as a ‘Direct Member’ – see http://www.ebu.co.uk/membership

If you require any further clarification then please don’t hesitate to our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206.