The English Bridge Union is committed to the development of Bridge, and consequently puts great emphasis on education and learning. These pages have something for everyone: for those wanting to learn how to play, for those wanting to teach and for those who want to become tournament directors at local club, county, national or even international level.

The English Bridge Union works closely with the charity English Bridge Education & Development on all education matters relating to bridge. Be sure to check out their web pages.

The EBU runs a range of competitions and events for less experienced players. Please click here for further information on our Really Easy Programme.

If there is something which you would like to see here or you need further information, please contact

Are you a primary school teacher, and want to introduce Minibridge to your school? We have lots of resources to help you get started through our Bridge for Schools Programme

Forthcoming Events

Entries are now being taken for:

The Young Bridge Challenge:
Loughborough Graamar School, Saturday 5th March 2016

A FREE-ENTRY, one-day bridge event for school-age players of all experience levels consisting of:

♠ Schools Cup for teams of four players all from the same school.
♥ Swiss Teams for teams of four players from bridge clubs, schools or mixed teams from more than one school.
♦ Minibridge Pairs for players of school age who are just learning the game.
♣ Short pairs duplicate for accompanying adults.

Please phone Lisa Miller on 01296 317217 or send an e-mail to Simon Barb - - for further information

Love Bridge? Why not teach it?!

Do you love bridge? Do you want to share this enthusiasm with others? Do you want to make bridge more than just a hobby?

If 'yes' then you should attend one of our Club Teacher Courses and learn to be a bridge teacher.
These very successful and popular courses will help you learn how to teach bridge using the Bridge for All Programme, expertly guided by one of our very experienced tutors.

You can learn more about these courses using the link for Club Teacher Training to the right of this page which also provides details on courses which are planned.

We set up these courses across England in direct response to demand, so if your club or county needs new blood and you are ready to help bring newcomers into our great game, why don't you get your club/county secretary to contact Simon Barb to see what can be arranged?

The course is also an excellent starting point for those who want to teach bridge independently. Read more about our teaching community by reading the EBUTA link in the Education Menu on your right.

Education News

Over 100 participants at Junior Teach-In

The Junior Teach-In took place in Loughborough over the Bank Holiday weekend, with over 70 juniors, and over 30 accompanying adults, enjoying a weekend of bridge tuition, competitions and social activities.

The event was organised by the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and saw the launch of the new Junior Award Scheme. This important and exciting new initiative from EBED is designed to stimulate enthusiasm for junior bridge among young players, parents and educators. The scheme breaks down the skills required to develop from raw rookie to serious contender into a set of steps and milestones, and the participants must satisfactorily demonstrate the different techniques to achieve each level and progress to the next.

In addition, some of the participants took part in a 'learn in a weekend' programme, helping them quickly progress from 'novice to player'.

In the main pairs competition at the event the winners of the G W Arnott Davison Trophy were Oscar Selby & Harry Madden (pictured left). They were the highest placed junior pair, and finished with a score of 66.78%

EBED would like to thank all the volunteers and participants who took part in the event.

EBUTA Manager Appointed

English Bridge Education and Development is pleased to welcome Jonathan Taylor as its new Manager for EBUTA, the Bridge Teachers Association which is now part of the charity.

Jonathan will be taking up this new role at the beginning of July 2015 and will be working to build and develop EBUTA in line with EBED’s aim of recruiting more people to the world of bridge.

Jonathan is a Bridge for All Club Teacher and gives classes at Twixt Moors Bridge. Jonathan joins us following a successful career in finance, music and consulting. He was until recently Development Director for Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Anstis/Butcher and Lyne/Newport highest scorers in Education Sim Pairs

Arthur Anstis and Cameron Butcher were the highest scorers in the bridge section of recently completed Education Simultaneous Pairs. They scored 72.58% playing at the heat run by the Chiltern Bridge League in conjunction with Oxfordshire Bridge Association.

Hayley Lyne and Holly Newport were the highest scorers in the minibridge section with 65.53%. Hayley and Holly were one of twelve pairs who played at New Scotland Hill primary school in Berkshire. The second highest scorers, with 63.14%, were Euan Coveney and Robert Rainsden, who played at Goring Primary School, near Reading.

The results are still provisional at this stage - if there are any outstanding results, or any queries, please contact

The event was organised by English Bridge Education and Development, the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge. To support its work, or to see the other activities it organises, please visit its website.

Important changes to EBU website; EBED website launched

Following the establishment of English Bridge Education & Development, the charity has been working hard to create a new website which will support its efforts to promote bridge learning and teaching, as well as providing news and details for the charity's major projects and activities.

You can now visit their website which will, going forward, be the main reference point for most of the activities previously undertaken by the EBU's Education Department. This includes information for those wanting to take up bridge or improve their game, and details on Bridge for All Teachers Courses and Tournament Directing Courses. The EBED site will also house information on the charity's events such as the Junior Teach-in, Schools Cup and the Education Simultaneous Pairs.

The EBU will continue to have a strong commitment both to youth bridge & bridge education and is committed to working closely with EBED at club, county and national level. The launch of the EBED website will allow the EBU webpages to be tailored in order to focus on the activities it is undertaking in its efforts to grow duplicate bridge at all levels. Some content on the EBU site will therefore be modified, phased out or shared with the new EBED website.

Simon Barb, Education & Development Manager for the English Bridge Education & Development charity, said, "We have tried to create a bright and exciting feel for this new EBED website and have created much new material to attract and involve as wide an audience as possible. At the same time, we hope that the pages are easy to navigate and will become the first port of call for anyone looking to learn more about bridge education and how we can all work to grow the game."