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 EBUTA link in the Education Menu on your right.

Education News

Changes to charges for club teacher courses

English Bridge Education and Development runs Club Teacher Training courses which help all bridge clubs to ‘grow their own’ membership through an integrated teaching programme. The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club.

Since 2010, the EBU has offered to pay for one free place for its affiliated clubs, every 2 years, on the Club Teacher Training course.

Through the charity EBED, the EBU intends to invest in producing new educational material, with the aim of helping people to learn how to play bridge more quickly and easily and inspire them to join Clubs. This is an objective that we are told by Members should be of the highest priority to safeguard the future of our game. To help EBED, and EBU, finance this, we are rebalancing our financial support to teacher training in Clubs by replacing ‎the one free place scheme with a standard discount of 20% for all teaching courses booked only by affiliated Clubs.

These new arrangements will take effect for all Club Teacher Training courses booked on or after 1 September 2016, and the discount will apply to all bookings received from, invoiced to, and paid by, an affiliated club. All other bookings are to remain at the full price.

EBUScore available free to EBUTA members

We are pleased that we are now able to make EBUScore available free of charge to all EBUTA members. They can download the software by logging in to the members area of the website.

EBUTA is a membership organisation for all bridge teachers. It is administered by English Bridge Education and Development. Please see their website for more information.

Nominations requested for junior teaching awards

The EBU invites nominations from any school, club or other organisation or individual for the Alec Salisbury and Tom Bradley Awards.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

Alec Salisbury was the EBU's Schools and Youth Officer for many years, being instrumental in the introduction of Minibridge

Typical achievements might include: Establishment of a school bridge club; developing the range of players within that club; participation in county/EBED youth events; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the school and community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Amy Huber of Carshalton High School for Girls)

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Tom Bradley was the former Treasurer of the EBU, who was a champion of attracting new players into the game of bridge.

Typical achievements might include: Major contribution to Junior Bridge Development; creating a sustained interest in bridge; Interaction with the adult bridge community; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Dave & Jill Armstrong of Sussex)

Please send nominations for either award to Richard Banbury - richard@ebedcio.org.uk - before 23rd May.

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.