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, 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 - Bridge magazine articles.

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

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

EBU Christmas opening hours

Office hours: The EBU office will be closed for the Christmas period from midday on Friday 22nd December until 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.
We will also be closed from midday on Friday 15th for the afternoon for the staff Christmas meal.

The Bridge Warehouse: The last posting dates are Wednesday 20th for 2nd Class Post & 48 hour courier delivery, and Thursday 21st for 1st Class Post & 24 hour courier delivery. Orders should be made by midday on those days.
Orders can be placed online over the Christmas period - www.ebu.co.uk/bridge-warehouse - and will be dispatched when the office re-opens in January.

Competitions: If you wish to enter one of the Year End Congresses in London or Blackpool please make every effort to do so in advance of the office closing for Christmas, although you can enter at the venue in London.
Please enter online through My EBU, or via 01296 317203/219 or comps@ebu.co.uk.

Updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge

The EBU Board has made updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge (BB@B), the EBU's 'code of conduct' which it would expect to be followed in all games of bridge.

One key addition is in the opening paragraph, which requires that

    "...anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person".

Whilst such incidences are thankfully rare in bridge, this hopefully addresses any concerns relating to 'hate crimes' which are now being recognised within society as a whole.

At the AGM the Shareholders voted to agree changes in the Byelaws relating to Disciplinary Rules. One change was to include a breach of the fundamental principles of BB@B as an offence which could be punished under the Disciplinary Rules.

We are confident that the vast majority of members play in way which adheres to all aspects of BB@B, but we hope that members are comforted by the fact that there are procedures in place to address the occasions when some members fall short of what would be expected. We would emphasise that the appropriate course of action is to raise any incidents with the TD as soon as they happen. Suffering in silence, or only telling a friend, will not help to eradicate from the game the behaviour of the few people who act inappropriately, and waiting until later to report it makes it much hard to deal with it effectively.

2017 Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

At this week's AGM the 2017 Sim Pairs prize draw took place. Each host club, and the top pair at each club, were entered in to a draw.

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

Pairs winners
1st Prize - £1000 per pair Cliff Short & Anne Short Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club
2nd Prize - £500 per pair Frances Moor & Peter Edwards Deben Bridge Club
3rd Prize - £200 per pair Jim Ramadan & Charles Broughton-Pipkin Petersfield Bridge Club
Club winners
1st Prize - £1000 York Bridge Club Yorkshire
2nd Prize - £500 Lines Bridge Club Cambs & Hunts
3rd Prize - £200 Stamford Bridge Club Northamptonshire

The 2018 will have a similar prize structure, and entries for all events are open now. We hope you will take part as the proceeds from each of the events helps 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) helps to support England's international squads, including the four junior teams which will be competing in the World Championships in China in 2018
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information via the Sim Pairs webpage.