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 improve their game, for wannabe teachers, teachers looking for refresher courses or further qualifications and for those who want to become tournament directors at local club, county, national and even international level.

Are you a primary school teacher, and want to introduce Minibridge to your school? We have lots of resources to help you get started.

Really Easy Events

These events are similar to normal EBU congresses but are specifically designed for newer players to attend. Players can have up to about 5 years' playing experience, but the speed of play is generally slower than in a normal club and the experieince can be very varied. Whilst we welcome a more experienced player attending with a novice, we now place an upper limit of experience on attendance. All players must be below the rank of 3* Master (20,000 master points).

Education News

Education Development Manager announced

The EBU is pleased to announce that their new Education Development Manager will be Simon Barb.

He will be joining us from April and will be taking over from long time Education Manager John Pain, who is taking “partial retirement”, but will remain working for us on other matters.

Simon will be working mainly for our new associated Charity, English Bridge Education and Development, and will be working with the Trustees to deliver existing programmes and to deliver new ones in the months and years to come.

Lord Skelmersdale plays minibridge at Carshalton High School

Lord Skelmersdale, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, visited Carshalton High School for Girls on Friday 17th January for a game of mini-bridge.

Girls from the school will be visiting the House of Lords in March to play with Lord Skelmersdale and other peers, so Lord Skelmersdale visited their bridge club to see them in action. He was impressed by both their play and their enthusiasm for the game.

The club, which was founded by teacher Amy Huber, plays every week and is helped by bridge instructor Christine Atwood.

The girls will start to learn full bridge next term, and hope that will be off the back of a strong showing on the visit to the House of Lords.

Cindy Cole and Joan Bennett recognised for contributions to junior bridge

The recipients of the EBU's two awards for contribution to the promotion and teaching of junior bridge have been announced.

The Alec Salisbury Award has been given to Cindy Cole for her teaching of minibridge at Pembury School in Kent, and for her support of the Minibridge initiative and of the EBU Youth & Education Trust.

The Tom Bradley Award has been given to Joan Bennett for her contribution to the development and promotion of junior bridge and minibridge in the Home Counties.

Congratulations to them both, and we thank them for their efforts.