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 read about the Benefits of Affiliation. To affiliate complete the Application Form (valid from 01-04-16 to 31-03-17). 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

Discounted/Free Software for Bridge Clubs that are Charities

Thank you to John Fleming, Secretary of Oxford Bridge Club CIO, who wrote to share the club's discovery that the software industry is willing to provide some free or discounted software to qualifying charities, including Bridge Clubs. Under the scheme the club was able to acquire free G Suite software from Google and heavily discounted software from Microsoft.

You find out more information on the scheme at https://www.tt-exchange.org/.

Get your Christmas gifts from the EBU shop now, with free postage for larger orders

Updated: Please note that the offer on free postage mentioned below has now ended

The EBU shop has a wide selection of items which make great prizes for your Christmas party, or as stocking fillers for bridge-playing friends and family. Click on the image to the left to see some of the gifts we have available.

We are pleased to be offering free postage on orders from the EBU Shop over £100 (including VAT and any relevant discounts).

This offer is for those ordering before Wednesday 21st December 2016 and delivery must be to the UK mainland (excluding 'the Highlands & Islands'). To order and take advantage of this offer please call 01296 397851 or email bridge.shop@ebu.co.uk (this offer cannot be used for online orders). You can see all the available products, which includes bridge equipment, stationery, accessories and gifts, in our online shop.

The shop is likely to be busy in the lead up to Christmas, so please order as early as possible.

Enter the 2017 Sim Pairs - support bridge in England and maybe win big prizes

A new year of Sim Pairs events organised by the EBU starts in just a few weeks. We hope you, and your club, will be taking part.

The entry fees from each of the events help to support bridge in England.

  • The British Sim Pairs (in January, April, July and October) and Club Stratified Sim Pairs (in March) help to support the work of the EBU in providing services to you, the members, and to your clubs and counties
  • The Bridge England Sim Pairs (in February) in 2017 helps to support England's junior international squads, which is crucial for the development of youth bridge
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and in 2017 it will specifically support their efforts to improve and develop the infrastructure for bridge teaching in England

As well as helping the development of bridge, by taking part you, and your club, can win prizes. Each host club, and the top pair at each club, will be entered in to a prize draw (at the 2017 AGM) with a chance to win £1000.

The winners of the top prizes in 2016 were:

Pairs winners
1st Prize - £1000 per pair Shiv Datt & Richard Cumming-Bruce Marylebone Cricket Club Bridge Society
2nd Prize - £500 per pair Brian Smith & Ron Wall Louth Duplicate Bridge Club
3rd Prize - £200 per pair Gill Gold & Ray Green Hexham Bridge Club
Club winners
1st Prize - £1000 Grantham Bridge Club Leicestershire
2nd Prize - £500 Horsham Bridge Club Sussex
3rd Prize - £200 Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club Hertfordshire

The full list of winners, including the runners-up from the prize draw, and the overall winners for each heat, can be seen here.

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information on the Sim Pairs webpage. A list of participating clubs can be seen by clicking on each competition.

TGR wins the NICKO

TGR A have won the 2015-16 National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO), beating New Amersham B in the final.

It was a closely contested final, with TGR ultimately winning by just 9 IMPs after 48 boards. This was the first win in the competition for a TGR team, and for its team members: Artur Malinowski, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Marilyn Malinowska, Graham Orsmond, Tom Townsend and Janet de Botton.

The defeated New Amersham team was Dick Davey, Sally Brock, Barry Myers and Ed Scerri.