Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

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

Please note the important information relating to the General Data Protection Regulation. All clubs and counties must be compliant by 25th May 2018

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. See here for all the articles - Bridge magazine articles - and in particular the reasons why he believes clubs should affiliate are covered in this article.

To affiliate download and complete the one of the following forms:

When you have affiliated your members will receive a Member's Pack to welcome them to the EBU. It includes a membership card, a new members' booklet (which can be downloaded here), and other information.

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

Raising our Game: Strategic Aims 2018-2023

At the Shareholders Meeting this week the EBU Strategy Document for 2018-2023 was launched. It has been produced by the Board of Directors and is designed to guide and measure the EBU in its progress over the next five years.

The document is available here and will be printed in the forthcoming June issue of English Bridge.

Understanding how your data is used in compliance with the GDPR

You may already have seen reference to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018, either in English Bridge magazine or in the wider media. We have made a start on implementing it with information on this webpage, not only for individual members but also to help clubs and counties comply with their legal obligations.

Update: All members for whom we hold an email address were emailed with information on 27th April*. Please check your inboxes, however please note that action is only required if you wish to change your information, or how we use it.
* - a follow-up email to those to whom the original email bounced, and addresses were subsequently corrected, was sent on 18th May

The purpose of the GDPR is to provide a set of standard data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for you to understand how your data is being used and to give you greater control over its use.

The EBU undertakes to collect and use your personal data in compliance with the GDPR. Our legal basis for processing this data is our legitimate interest as a membership organisation.

We use the data for the administration of your membership, the communication of information and the organisation of events. We only share your contact details with English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) and your county of affiliation; we provide a limited amount of data for use by scoring programs to ensure that they correctly identify members.

We have a Privacy Notice which is where you can find full details of all these matters including:

  • What data we collect and what we use it for
  • Where we get it from and to whom we give it
  • What we do to ensure its security
  • How you can see what data we hold about you and limit its use
  • How you can ask for inaccuracies in data to be corrected

Your club and county will likely contact you in due course with information on their policies.

For further help or information please contact Gordon Rainsford -

  • GDPR information; Privacy Notice
  • Eight teams reach Garden Cities final

    The eight teams which will consist the final of the Garden Cities Trophy are known, after the Regional Finals took place on Saturday. The competition is for each county's teams-of-eight champions.

    The qualifiers are:
    Northern heat, at Bradford: Manchester BC, Manchester; Deva BC, Merseyside & Cheshire
    South West heat, at Bristol: Petersfield BC, Hampshire; Bristol BC, Avon;
    South East heat, at Richmond: Tunbridge Wells BC, Kent; Reading BC, Berks & Bucks
    Midlands heat, at Peterborough: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Peterborough BC, Cambs & Hunts;

    The final will take place on 23rd June.

    Grants available to clubs for capital expenditure

    Once again a fund is available from which grants can be made to assist affiliated clubs with capital expenditure. Applications are being taken, and should be made by Monday 30th April.

    The most common applications have in the past been for assistance with buying dealing machines or wireless scoring systems, though in principle any capital expenditure might qualify. You can read about the grants given in 2016 and 2017 here.

    The EBU will provide funding to successful applicants of no more than half the total expenditure, but there is a limited fund available and in order to help as many clubs as possible those who apply for a smaller proportion are more likely to be successful.

    Clubs that are successful must undertake to remain affiliated to the EBU for at least three years or else to repay the appropriate portion of the grant.

    Applicants should email with the following information:

    • What equipment is needed and what is its total cost
    • How much contribution from the EBU is being requested
    • Where the remaining funds will come from
    • Why the club can’t fund the entire purchase (providing a copy of the club’s accounts might be useful supporting documentation in this regard)
    • Whether other clubs will also benefit from the grant, such as if the club is intending to deal boards for another club as well