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.

Event Focus is the newsletter for clubs, and is produced four times each year. See here for an archive of these newsletters.

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

Additional Blue Point competitions for clubs

Blue Points were introduced at the start of 2013 and clubs were given an allowance of two events per annum in which they could award them. Some clubs have asked to be allowed to run more such events and so for a trial period until the end of August 2017 we will allow clubs to apply for up to two additional Blue Point events, subject to them having their county’s agreement. We will usually agree to such applications unless there is a potential conflict in the calendar with another club or organisation. If this change is successful, we intend to allow clubs to apply for two additional Blue-Pointed events per competition year after the trial period.

Applications should be made to the secretary of the Tournament Committee peter@ebu.co.uk

Pianola free for a year to affiliated clubs

As a new benefit for affiliated clubs (old and new), we have arranged a deal for those wishing to try Pianola. As a part of your EBU affiliation you can use Pianola completely free of charge for twelve months.

Pianola allows clubs to manage their membership, communicate with their players, publish the club’s results and build a website. Players benefit from personal analysis of their performance and can use the system to advertise for a partner, when they need one. Pianola integrates closely with the EBU database in real time, so changes you make in Pianola are automatically and instantly replicated on the EBU database. Adding or removing members, uploading results, retrieving all your members' NGS and grade information - Pianola automates the whole process. Many of these features are unique to Pianola, and it is seen by many as the leading online platform for bridge clubs.

To take advantage of this offer contact sales@pianola.net and mention you're an EBU club.

EBUScore training sessions at the Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne there will be two training sessions for those wanting to learn how to use EBUScore, or how to get more from it.

These will be on Friday 26th August at the Winter Garden, and organised in conjunction with English Bridge Education and Development. The morning session will be an introduction to the basics of EBUScore for those unfamiliar with the software (or the Jeff Smith suite on which it is based). The afternoon session will be for more experienced users, and will address the scoring of more complicated events and look at more advanced ‘troubleshooting’.

Each session will be free to those who are part of an EBU affiliated club, but places must be booked in advance via the EBU Competition Department – 01296 317203/219. When booking please let us know the club you are representing. Places at the sessions may not be available to those who do not register in advance.

EBUScore is the bridge scoring program provided and maintained by the English Bridge Union. It is available free to all affiliated clubs, counties and EBUTA (now EBTA) teachers. Find out more at www.ebu.co.uk/ebuscore.

Finalists for Garden Cities Trophy decided

The Regional Finals of the Garden Cities Trophy took place on Saturday 7th May at four venues. The event featured 33 teams of eight which won their county championship, and the top two at each heat progress to the National Final which will take place on 25th June.

Defending champions Manchester BC topped the table at the Bradford heat, winning all of their matches. Deva BC, from Merseyside and Cheshire, finished second and join them in the national final.

At the Peterborough heat, last year's runners up Cambridge BC qualified comfortably. They won all eight of their matches, and finished 41 VPs ahead of Kettering BC from Northamptonshire.

The Regional Final held in Bristol produced the closest results, with only 10 VPs out of a possible 160 covering the top 5 teams. Trowbridge County Town BC, from Wiltshire, finished top, with a tie for second between Taunton BC, from Somerset, and Allendale BC from Dorset. The tie was split in favour of Taunton.

Young Chelsea BC, representing London, and Reading BC, from Berks & Bucks, were the two qualifiers from the Regional Final held in Richmond.