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

Teaching award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development:

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

Please click 'read more' for further details on the nomination process. Nominations should be made by 23rd May.

This half-term start a youngster's love of bridge

The school holidays can be a great time to introduce bridge to children. This February half-term start a youngster you know on the path to a lifelong love of bridge.

The EBU Shop has a number of products which can help, including books which will suggest ways to introduce the game to younger people, and practical equipment such as card holders to help smaller hands get to grips with 13 cards.

There are also some clubs running 'taster' sessions for younger players during the holidays. These include (but may not be limited to): Wimbledon BC; Roehampton Club; West Midlands BC; If you know of any others please let us know.

Really Easy books just £6

The Really Easy books are available for just £6 each from the EBU Shop until the end of February.

These are aimed at helping novice players take their next steps in the game by introducing key topics in an easy-to-follow series of educational books. The series of books covers all aspects of the game - bidding, play and defence.

"Bridge is cool": The Times reports on the rising popularity of bridge among young players

Bridge is "quite cool". So say the increasing number of juniors learning to play.

The Times featured an article on Saturday reporting on the rise in popularity of bridge amongst young players. The charity English Bridge Education and Development regularly receives calls from schools and bridge teachers wanting to introduce bridge into the classroom, and the number of juniors involved in activities organised by the EBU, EBED, affiliated clubs and counties, has risen sharply.

Bridge is proving very popular with the young players - in the article Gabriel, a pupil at Weald Primary School, describes it as "quite cool". Not only is bridge a fun activity for the children, but teachers and parents have also observed how it offers numerous opportunities for academic and personal development.

The BBC also featured the story on Radio 5 Live (see below) and talked to school teacher Ann Hutchison and junior internationals Jasmine Bakhshi and Liam Sanderson. The story was also on their Breakfast program on Sunday morning (sadly that is not available to watch on the iPlayer), and on Radio 5 Live.

English Bridge Education and Development are very keen to help establish bridge groups in schools and can provide equipment, teaching materials and contacts in the local area to help get things off the ground. Please contact Richard Banbury - richard@ebedcio.org.uk - for more information.