I strongly believe that after a dynamic committee, the next most important element of a successful bridge club is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. This is achieved by encouraging (and in some cases enforcing) the principles embodied in the EBU’s Best Behaviour @ Bridge Policy. I have personal experience of the vital importance of adhering to Best Behaviour to encourage new members. When learning to play bridge only a few years ago, I was at the sharp end of some abusive behaviour at the table from a club committee member. I reported the incident to the TD but nothing changed at the club and it folded a couple of years later - no surprise there.
So I am delighted that the EBU’s Best Behaviour @ Bridge Policy has been reviewed and amended and, most importantly, the EBU’s Disciplinary Rules have been changed to include any breach of the fundamental principle of the Policy as an offence which could be punished under Disciplinary Rules. I hope that all of you reading this will adopt appropriate club procedures so that you never have to resort to making an official complaint to the EBU over such behaviour but these changes show the importance the EBU places in best behaviour when enjoying our wonderful game.
This month I contributed to a most informative and well-attended County Bridge event in Somerset organised by SCBA Chairman Tony Russ. There were several interesting presentations from club representatives, bridge teachers, bridge product suppliers and by the County. Graham Daniel from Kingston Seymour Bridge Club, has kindly agreed to share with you all the talk he gave on the coming of age of his club. I particularly recommend it for those clubs that are interested in taking the next step in their club’s development.
Perhaps it is too early for some, but I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Club Liaison Officer, English Bridge Union