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

Junior and teaching awards presented at the Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting four awards have been presented to those who have excelled in junior bridge, and to those who have made significant contribution to the teaching of young players.

Young Player of the Year: Ben Norton
Young Pair of the Year: Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw
The Alec Salisbury Award winner: Sarah Bell
The Tom Bradley Award winner: Jessica & Anton Mauve

The achievements of Ben, and of Stephen & Michael, during the period in consideration have been numerous. They have all been mainstays of the junior international squads which have enjoyed a good run of results recently - culminating in all four teams qualifying for the 2018 World Championships - and in domestic bridge they have all won titles at major EBU congresses. The links above give more detailed information.

The Alec Salisbury Award recognises a school teacher who has made a significant contribution to junior bridge. Sarah Bell, of St Paul's Girls School, was instrumental in the establishment of the U16 squad, and in the success that came about so quickly for the team. She has also established a bridge club at the school and has contributed to the development and growth of the Junior Award Scheme.

Jessica & Anton Mauve have been key in the burgeoning junior bridge scene in Kent, and were presented with the Tom Bradley Award, which recognises the 'non-school-teachers' who have made a significant contribution to youth bridge.

Young bridge players visit House of Lords

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge welcomed another group of young bridge players to the House of Lords this week. The visit was by players from the Bridge4Schools programme in Berks, Bucks & Oxon, and started with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. They then played bridge with six Peers from the APPG - all of whom were all delighted with the enthusiasm the young players had for the game, and impressed by how well they played.

Many thanks to Baroness Henig and the members of the APPG for hosting the event, and to Joan Bennett for making the arrangements with the schools/parents.

Stamford BC kicks off busy summer of junior bridge events

A busy summer of junior bridge events started on Friday when Stamford Bridge Academy hosted an Inter Schools Card Play day. Over seventy young players from seven schools took part, competing in either minibridge or bridge. The trophies were presented by Alan Shillitoe, manager of the England Under 26 squad and a driving force in the creation of the Junior Award Scheme.

This was part of Stamford's rapidly growing junior bridge programme, led by Liz Dale, Jenny Harding, Sandra Curran and Marlene Jones. Thirty-four members of the bridge club have received “buddy” training, and have gone on to create the chance for students to learn in sixteen schools so far - and that figure is set to grow.

Stamford is one of the many clubs which will be holding bridge and minibridge sessions over the summer holidays, giving youngsters a fun way to spend some of their school holidays, and allowing them to take their first steps in bridge.

A list is available on the EBED website. If you know of any others then please let us know.

EBED will also be holding the annual Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University on 1st-3rd September - see here for more details.

The Under 26 Championship Pairs will be taking place on 7th-8th August as part of the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.