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 (valid from 01-04-14 to 31-03-15).

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

The EBU's Youth Policy

The EBU Youth Policy, recently approved by the EBU Board, is now available at http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/official-documents/youth-care-policy.pdf (a word version is available here). The EBU commends this document to all of our affiliated clubs and counties and points out that each and every club, indeed whether affiliated or not, has a legal obligation to comply with the law of the land.

Please note a small amendment was made to the policy on 23rd March.

For more information please read on.

Great Yarmouth BC affiliates

Welcome to Great Yarmouth Bridge Club which has recently affiliated with the EBU.

The club plays on Monday evenings in Gorleston on Sea. Visitors are welcome, and they will try to match up people without partners. Please see their website for more information.

Clubs can claim gift aid on subscriptions

Many bridge clubs charge an annual subscription for membership in addition to table money. Clubs registered as a charity with the Charity Commission or clubs with a turnover of less than £5000 (who can’t register with the Charity Commission) may be able to claim Gift Aid on the annual membership subscription for anyone who pays tax by registering with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

We are pleased to now provide detailed guidance on how to go about registering with HMRC and you can find this by logging in to the Member’s Area with the club’s EBU number and password. Look for the link to ‘Club Charitable Status Guidance’ and then the ‘Downloads’ menu. Here you will find a sample Gift Aid Declaration Form, a sample HMRC application form and a document describing the registration process.

This is an opportunity to increase club funds so do take a look.

If you need further assistance please contact our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206.

Bridge Club Live first Online Affiliated Club

The EBU is pleased to announce the first club to join as an Online Affiliated Club.

Bridge Club Live (BCL) has affiliated under the new scheme and will therefore be able to issue Master Points for their sessions which meet the necessary requirements for points to be awarded. These are full value ‘local points’, and count towards all EBU Master Point rankings, and from 1st January can be earned in most BCL competitions – their movement tourneys and leagues, and the ‘Dido Tourney’, are all included.

It is hoped that the introduction of the Online Affiliated Club category will be of benefit to EBU members who play some of their bridge online. This is additional to the recent introduction of the Online Knockout Teams competition, and the change that permits some matches in other knockout competitions to be played online. These changes will enable players who have difficulty playing ‘face-to-face’ with their regular partner, and those in more remote parts of the country, to become more involved in ‘affiliated’ competitions organised by the EBU or by affiliated clubs.

Please note that the ‘members benefits’ of playing at an Online Affiliated Club relates only to the issuing of Master Points. Participation in a competition run by an Online Affiliated Club does not afford the player some of the benefits which would come from participation at a ‘face-to-face’ club – the player does not become a member of the EBU through Universal Membership; magazine points cannot be earned through these competitions; the results will not be included in the National Grading Scheme.

If you have any questions please contact Barry Capal at the EBU, and Tony Philpott at Bridge Club Live.