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

Winter 2017 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Winter 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus Newsletter is available now here.

It contains news, articles to help you in the running of your clubs, details of forthcoming events, and important information about club administration. If you need any advice, or have any suggestions for issues you would like covered in the next newsletter, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Teaching award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development:

  • The Alec Salisbury Award - to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge
  • The Tom Bradley Award - to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Please click 'read more' for further details on the nomination process. Nominations should be made by 23rd May.

Mike Bell tops Master Point list for 2016

Congratulations to Mike Bell, who has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for the first time.

Mike earned 25,712 points, with Jason Hackett second with 20,741, and John Holland - who was top scorer for the previous four years - third with 20,647. David Gold has reclaimed the top spot in the Gold Point rankings, with Andrew Robson in second, and 2015 leader John Holland in third.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. Pam Moore of Ridgeway Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Inu Kassam of Wimbledon Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Michael Shine of Herts & Essex Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third. The top scoring, lower-ranked players in each county also receive small prizes.

The full Master Point lists for 2016, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below. All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

New membership software to be introduced in March

In March we will be installing our Membership Management system in the Aylesbury offices. As you might imagine, this will be a substantial undertaking and so we ask our clubs and members for patience during the transition period.

The process will start on 17th March and this will necessitate a short period when there will be a suspension to some activities which require access to our database. For more information on this, please click the 'read more' link below.

If everything goes smoothly, we hope that by 24th March we will be back up and running with our new system and will be able to resume all of these services. Of course, going live with a new system is not the end of the story. For a few weeks our staff will be getting to grips with a substantially different set of tools, so we hope our members and clubs will bear with us through this period.

The transition shouldn't affect many members, and most will not even notice anything different. One notable change is that we will finally be removing the old Members Area, and replacing it fully with My EBU, which will incorporate some new features.

If there are any changes to this planned schedule, we will advise all parties.

Please note that the EBU Shop is a separate system and will continue to function as usual. So please keep shopping both online and by telephone.