Raising our Game: Strategic Aims 2018-2023

At the Shareholders Meeting this week the EBU Strategy Document for 2018-2023 was launched. It has been produced by the Board of Directors and is designed to guide and measure the EBU in its progress over the next five years.

The document is available here and will be printed in the forthcoming June issue of English Bridge.

Martin Hoffman: 1929-2018

The EBU is sad to learn of the death of Martin Hoffman. Martin was a hugely popular player, and was considered for a time to be the best pairs player in the world. He enjoyed a long string of successes, both in the UK and abroad, spanning half a century. Amongst other victories he won the Spring Foursomes twice - for the first time in 1969 - and Harold Poster Cup at Brighton three times - most recently in 2011.

Junior fundraising passes halfway mark

We are delighted to report that fundraising for the junior teams' participation in the World Youth Team Championships has passed £30,000. This means we are over halfway to our primary target, and we know of more donations which are still to come. Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

There is still lots of time to make a donation before the young players fly to China - the event is not until August - so we can still hit our target. No donation is too small, and all are gratefully received. Individuals can make a donation through this page on the EBED webpage so gift aid can be reclaimed. Any bridge clubs, counties, or other organisations should contact us to find out how to donate.

U26 team for World Championships selected

The U26 team which will represent England in the World Youth Team Championships in China has been selected:

  • Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC: Paul Barden

For Michael, Toby and Ben this will be a second appearance at the World Youth Team Championships. The others will be making their debuts. The U16 and U21 teams can be seen here; the U26 Women's team will be selected soon.

This is one of the four junior teams being supported by generous donations from amongst the EBU membership. Fundraising has passed the halfway mark, and all contributions, large or small, are gratefully received.

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