Documents to help clubs become charities now available

The EBU is pleased to announce that it has worked with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. We hope that this work with the Charity Commission will be of great benefit to those clubs who are interested in pursuing charitable status.

Bridge clubs can be registered as charities following the Charities Act 2006 which recognised that it is "charitable to advance amateur sports or games, which promote health by involving physical or mental skill or exertion". Once a club has received charitable status it will find it easier to apply to schemes run by public, grant-making trusts and local government, as well as gaining tax relief on some of its activities.

The documents and materials for clubs applying to register as charities are available once a club has logged-in to the members area of the website. Anyone needing further information should contact our Club Liaison Officer, Bev Purvis, by emailing bev@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206.

The charity English Bridge Education and Development began operating in April, and is working towards growing the game nationally and building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. For more information on its activities please visit the website, contact info@ebedcio.org.uk, or call 01296 317218.