Cambridge A win London Cup for university teams

University teams this weekend competed for the London Cup, a one day Swiss teams competition organised by Imperial College Bridge Club, and supported by English Bridge Education and Development, Young Chelsea BC and Farnborough BC.

16 teams from seven universities took part. The Cambridge A team, of Ben Kompa, Ryan Chan, Kripa Panchagnula and Jonathan Clark (pictured left to right with ICBC Chair Louise Selway), claimed the trophy.

EBED is keen to support university bridge clubs - please contact them if they can help in any way.

Updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge

The EBU Board has made updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge (BB@B), the EBU's 'code of conduct' which it would expect to be followed in all games of bridge.

One key addition is in the opening paragraph, which requires that

    "...anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person".

Whilst such incidences are thankfully rare in bridge, this hopefully addresses any concerns relating to 'hate crimes' which are now being recognised within society as a whole.

At the AGM the Shareholders voted to agree changes in the Byelaws relating to Disciplinary Rules. One change was to include a breach of the fundamental principles of BB@B as an offence which could be punished under the Disciplinary Rules.

We are confident that the vast majority of members play in way which adheres to all aspects of BB@B, but we hope that members are comforted by the fact that there are procedures in place to address the occasions when some members fall short of what would be expected. We would emphasise that the appropriate course of action is to raise any incidents with the TD as soon as they happen. Suffering in silence, or only telling a friend, will not help to eradicate from the game the behaviour of the few people who act inappropriately, and waiting until later to report it makes it much hard to deal with it effectively.

Uppingham School and Bourne Academy visit House of Lords

Update: BBC East Midlands Today has reported on the trip, and also visited the young bridge players, and their mentors who introduced them to the game. It was shown on 4/12/17 and is no longer available through BBC iPlayer.

Pupils from Uppingham School and Bourne Academy, who have been learning as part of Stamford Youth Bridge Academy (SYBA), visited the House of Lords yesterday to play with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge. Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, and lunch, the young players participated in games of bridge and minibridge, impressing the Peers with some of their card play, and delighting them with the enthusiasm they all had for the game.

Many thanks to Baroness Henig and the members of the APPG for hosting the visit.

SYBA is the educational arm of Stamford Bridge Club which was set up to encourage more young people from schools and other organisations to play bridge.

The visit was organised jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development, which is working to introduce bridge to a wider youth audience and enable more bridge to be played in schools. For help starting a bridge group for young players, please contact info@ebedcio.org.uk.

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