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 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.

Forthcoming Events

Entries are now being taken for:

EBU Students and Schools - National Simultaneous Pairs:
A sim pairs event open to all bona fide bridge students who are currently having lessons through EBUTA, Bridge for All or any other teaching scheme. It is also open to schools. Heats can be run any time during March.

The event gives students the opportunity of playing in one of their first National events, competing against all the other students entering from throughout the country. They are fun to play in, with just the right amount of challenge to make it exciting and interesting! Entries are made by bridge teachers on behalf of their group. A minimum of one table is all that is needed. There were over 300 pairs entered in 2014, and we hope to have even more this year.Entry is free.

2014 winners: Bridge - Neil Adams & Malcolm Cox (Bury Athenaeum BC); Minibridge - Lynne Puddifoot & Jamie Arlott (Farringdon & Marcham).

Young Bridge Challenge 2015:
A free entry, one-day bridge event for school-age players of all experience levels consisting of: the Schools Cup for teams of four players all from the same school; a Swiss Teams for teams of four players from bridge clubs, schools or mixed teams from more than one school; a Minibridge Pairs for players of school age who are just learning the game; a short pairs duplicate for accompanying adults.

This event is great fun for players of all abilities as there is something for all, whether competing for prizes, or just playing bridge and socialising with their peers.

Schools Cup winners: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School “A”

Really Easy Events

These events are similar to normal EBU congresses but are specifically designed for newer players to attend. The upper limit on a players experience may vary based on the specific event (see each event information for details), but in general they will have only been playing the game for a few years, and have little or no experience of ‘tournament bridge’. There is no lower limit, other than the player being comfortable playing unassisted. In some instances a more experienced player may partner a novice – please check with us prior to entering.

Education News

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 www.ebedcio.org.uk 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."

First EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs raises £15,000

The first EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs event was held over the week of September 8-12th 2014, raising close to £15,000 for English Bridge Education & Development. Almost 200 clubs up and down the country (as well as one Scottish club) took part in this first national fundraising event on behalf of the charity, boosting its efforts to promote the learning and playing of bridge across the community. All participants were able to enjoy expert commentary on the deals, provided by internationally recognised top players, teachers and journalists such as Sally Brock, Brian Senior, Paul Bowyer and Mike Pomfrey.

The current leaders of the heats are:

Monday 8th September Aileen Cunningham and Chris Stenning Morpeth Bridge Club
Tuesday 9th September Pam Taylor and Clive Richardson Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club
Wednesday 10th September Jackie Davies and John Neville Leverstock Green Bridge Club
Thursday 11th September Malcolm Dawson and David Thompson Bishop Auckland Bridge Club
Friday 12th September Ponn Yogeswaran and Kiku Lester Friends Bridge Club

The winners at every club taking part will be entered into an EBU prize draw with generous prizes of up to £1000 per pair. A similar award is available to the clubs - with the winners for both draws being announced at the EBU AGM in November.

The results, more information on the prize structure, and details of future simultaneous pairs events can be found here

A big thank you to all those who participated in making this first EBED Autumn SIMS such a great success.

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 the Partner Teacher Course at the EBU headquarters in Aylesbury on 10th to 12th October and learn to be a bridge teacher.

On the comprehensive three day course Carol Ritzen will help you learn not only how to teach bridge, but also how to build your business, with advice on topics such as advertising to recruit your pupils.

We are committed to helping establish new bridge teachers, and there is no better time than now to follow that path.