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

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 EBTA link in the Education Menu on your right.

Education News

EBU Awards presented at AGM

At the AGM, which was held in London on Wednesday 23rd November, the EBU were pleased to present awards to a number of members who have dedicated many hours to bridge administration, or to promoting the game, at a national or local level.

A Gold Award - the EBU's highest award - was presented to Andrew Petrie (pictured) for his service on the EBU Board, and most recently to English Bridge Education and Development.

Silver Awards were presented to Mike Christie and Martin Pool. Roger Amey was also given the award and will receive his locally.

A Dimmie Fleming Award - for services to county bridge - was presented to Ron Heath, and will be given at local events to Chris Larlham, Julia Brough and Peggy Griffin. David Anning was also chosen as a recipient, but sadly he passed away in September. His award will be presented to those close to him at a suitable opportunity in the future.

The Tony Priday Award - for making an outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects - was given to Jeff Smith for his work in developing bridge software which he made available free of charge.

The Alec Salisbury Award - an award to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge - was presented to Stuart Haring at the recent Middlesex Congress.

In addition, the Diamond Award recipients were announced. This award recognises achievement at the highest levels of bridge, and will be presented to Pat Davies and Bob Rowlands in the near future.

At the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne in August four awards were presented - see here for more information.

Refreshed Bridge for All Books now available

The Bridge for All books, which are the main textbooks for the national bridge teaching programme, have undergone a refresh over the summer, and the new versions are now available.

English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) have worked with well-known bridge professionals to update the content to include more modern methods, and to also give the books a fresh, new look.

These books are available to EBTA (English Bridge Teachers Association) members at a discounted rate, and EBTA members can also receive a full teaching guide. See the EBED website for more details on joining EBTA.

Please order the books from Lisa - 01296 317217 or lisa@ebedcio.org.uk

Learn to play bridge this autumn

There's never been a better time to learn to play bridge, with hundreds of lessons starting all round the country this autumn. English Bridge Education and Development can provide the details of teachers in all parts of the country - you may have seen their advert in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday - so if you or anyone you know is interested in starting to learn in the coming weeks then contact them:

EBED Student Sim Pairs results available

The results of the EBED Student Sim Pairs, which took place throughout March, have been finalised. See the EBED website for the winners.