Clubs

Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

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

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.

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

NGS consultation - changes to note, and report now available

The consultation on the National Grading Scheme which took place earlier this year has concluded, and the board has considered the recommendations which were put forward by Gordon Rainsford following his collation and consideration of the responses received from clubs. Gordon's report is available for you to read.

The primary 'headlines' are:

  • The 'exemption' for hosts (and their partner, if they wish) will still be available.
  • 'Exemptions' must be registered with the EBU, via a section of MyEBU on the EBU website, as soon as the host knows they will be playing and wish to be exempt, and in any case no more than 30 minutes after the start of the game. They must also notify us via the scoring submission.
  • Clubs and members are reminded that the 'exemption' must be used appropriately, and the privilege can be removed from any individual club or member if it is misused.
  • Other suggested changes to the NGS were noted, and considered, and some may be revisited in future, but no further changes are to be made at the present time.

Any club which uses, or may in future use, the exemption, is asked to read the report and familiarise itself with the criteria which must be met. The information can also be circulated to anyone who acts as a 'host'.

Order from the Bridge Warehouse for collection at the Summer Meeting

If you are attending the Summer Meeting, and would like to place an order from the Bridge Warehouse to collect at the venue, please do so by midday on Wednesday 2nd. This will save on shipping costs for you.

We will have a selection of stock from the shop available for purchase during the congress, but to ensure we have what you want in sufficient quantity please try to order in advance. The full range of stock can be seen on the online shop.

Universal Membership rebates processed

Members who have played more than 150 club sessions in the 2016-17 financial year (1st April to 31st March) are entitled to a rebate on the Universal Membership subscription payments which they have paid. These rebates have been processed and are being held as credits on the members' EBU accounts. If you have a rebate you can see it by logging in to My EBU (for more details on this, click 'read more').

These credits can be used for entry to competitions or for purchase through The Bridge Warehouse.

Please note: these credits cannot be applied online - to use a credit for purchases or entries please telephone the Competitions Department (01296 317203) or Bridge Warehouse (01296 397851).

If you would prefer to have your credit transferred to you by BACS, then please contact julie@ebu.co.uk or call 01296 317200.

Welcome to three newly affiliated clubs

Welcome to three clubs which have recently affiliated with the EBU:

  • Cutthorpe Friendly Afternoon BC, Derbyshire - a new, friendly club, which plays at Cutthorpe Village Hall in Chesterfield. They start on 13th July, and there will be sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, plus Sim Pairs and 'full day' events.
  • Market Harborough BC, Leicestershire - an established club in the centre of the town, which plays on Monday evenings.
  • Friends BC, Middlesex - They play in Hatch End, and will be hosting heats of Sim Pairs during the summer, with regular weekly sessions starting in September