Education

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 let us know

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 - info@ebedcio.org.uk - 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 get in touch 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

Junior Award Scheme available to teachers and bridge clubs

The Junior Award Scheme is an important and exciting initiative from English Bridge Education & Development. It is an award scheme that offers graded attainment levels and aims to give young people positive reinforcement, confidence and a sense of achievement through monitoring and encouraging the student's progress along their bridge learning journey. We hope they will enjoy working to complete each level.

There are six levels for the student to achieve - covering all standards from starting to play minibridge through to competing at high levels - with certificates of achievement awarded for each level attained.

For more information visit the EBED website. To take part in the scheme you should contact EBED to receive the assessment cards, and the teaching material can be downloaded from the EBED website.

Sussex Juniors visit House of Lords

Junior bridge players from Sussex visited the House of Lords on Tuesday 24th November to play minibridge with the peers.

The youngsters acquitted themselves well against their more experienced opponents, and so as to not damage the winning streak the Lords' team is enjoying they didn't keep score.

Following the visit, two of the participants, Holly and Ruby, were interviewed on BBC Radio about the visit, and why they enjoy bridge. EBU General Manager, Barry Capal, also discussed the rising popularity of bridge, and the ongoing efforts to have it recognised as a sport. This interview was simultaneously broadcast on many local stations, and a link to the interview is available below.

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.