Club Director training courses and scoring seminars

It might be an exaggeration to say that a well-run duplicate event is thing of beauty – if not perhaps a joy forever - but it is certainly true that a poorly run or administered event can significantly detract from the pleasure of playing. It is for this reason that English Bridge Education & Development is working hard to increase the pool of trained and qualified directors.

Tournament Directors

EBED provide a suite of courses to equip participants with the necessary skills which will enable them to run events from local club duplicates to county events and beyond.

All our training is provided by experienced tutors with first hand experience of running major national events on behalf of the English Bridge Union. The courses are run by English Bridge Education and Development

Club Tournament Directors Courses

Current information on Club Tournament Directors Courses is now available at

Please note that in 2017 the course structure is changing, with three courses replacing the four which have traditionally been held.

EBU Members will enjoy a discount of 10% from the standard pricing. Bookings may be made by clubs, or directly by members.

From July 2017 there will be a price increase for all newly arranged courses which will follow the new course structure. The prices will be as follows:

Module Price as from 11th July 2017 EBU Members Price
Book/Judgement Rulings Day 1 £60 £54
Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2 £60 £54
Assessment £60 £54

For courses already on the calendar prior to this date - those at Cheltenham, Chichester, Eastbourne & Welwyn - the following fee structure applies:

Module Standard Price EBU Members Price
Essentials £50 £45
Book Rulings £50 £45
Judgement Rulings £50 £45
Assessment £60 £54

We run these courses nationally in respond to demand from individual clubs. Please email EBED if your club would be interested in hosting a suite of these courses, which are usually held at monthly intervals.

Details of currently planned courses may be found here

Consolidate your skills

The EBU has created a series of videos* to help Club Tournament Directors deal with six of the more commonly occurring situations. They can be viewed here

You can also study or download useful flow charts* on the most commonly infringed laws

* - Please note that these videos and charts use the 2007 version of the Laws, and not the 2017 version which will come in to effect in August 2017. These charts are currently being reviewed in light of these changes)

You can also download an online referesher course, which consisting of 40 situations to consider. Some are book rulings, some judgement rulings and, in some cases, good old-fashioned common-sense. Some are quite intricate and others straightforward, but hopefully they will all make you think.

Advancing through the ranks

To progress beyond being a Club Tournament Director, you should attend a course run by the EBU. Please see here for more information

Scoring seminars

Seminars on using EBUScore - the EBU's scoring software which is available free of charge to affiliated clubs, counties, and EBTA members - are run sporadically throughout the year.

These are arranged on request - please email if your club would be interested in hosting a courses - and any upcoming courses are listed here.