Youth

Bridge is a fantastic sport for people of all ages - particularly young people. It offers a combination of competition, socialisation, mental exercise, and fun which cannot be matched by other activities.

The EBU works with the charity English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to organise and coordinate youth activities.

These include the Junior Teach-In, the Young Bridge Challenge, Under-21 & Under-26 Championships, and numerous other competitions and opportunities to learn, organised at a national, county, or club level. County Youth Officers coordinate junior activities in many counties.

Information and equipment for those wishing to teach bridge in schools, or to youth groups, is available from EBED. They also administer the Junior Award Scheme, which offers a series of graded attainment levels which the young player can achieve as they learn to play. Those completing a level in the Junior Award Scheme will receive membership of the EBU.

We are always seeking volunteers to assist in teaching and/or promoting bridge in their area. If you are able to help please contact Richard Banbury at EBED or your local County Youth Officer.

Bridge is a great way to compete, socialise and maybe travel the world. Watch this video from the European Bridge League - you could have this much fun if you take up bridge:

News

News from the EBU is below. The World Bridge Federation also collates news for young bridge players from around the world on their WBF Youth Bridge Site and social media accounts:

EBED gives support to junior fundraising

English Bridge Education & Development has offered its support to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the junior teams participating in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships.

Not only will EBED be making a donation from its funds, but a page has been established on its website which allows individuals to make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED, thereby allowing Gift Aid to be reclaimed. These donations will then be included as part of a larger donation by EBED to the EBU to support the junior teams.

Part of EBED's remit is to promote and develop the playing of bridge by those in full time education, and its constitution makes specific provision for supporting junior involvement in events organised by the World Bridge Federation. The fundraising will not only contribute to the costs of participation, but also to the squad's training sessions in the build up to the event so they can perform as well as possible in the competition. EBED hopes that this may give further enthusiasm to youngsters who may just be starting to play; that it may motivate more to give bridge a try; and that it may encourage more people to set up bridge activities for young players.

The EBU, and those involved in the squads are very grateful for EBED's contribution.

An update on sponsorship activity can be seen here.

Join Stansfield BC in supporting England's junior teams

Stansfield Bridge Club has hit on an artistic way to raise money towards the cost of sending England's four junior teams to the World Youth Team Championships in August.

A limited edition print of a mesmerising bridge scene - entitled 'Dr Double' - by Rui Paes, an acclaimed painter, illustrator and muralist, is being offered for sale with all the profits going to support the junior teams. This is in addition to a donation from the club's own funds, and a further contribution through a raffle.

We are very grateful to all involved for their donation and for making this novel method of fundraising possible.

The prints will be signed by the artist in a limited edition numbered 1 to 500. Anyone wishing to purchase a mounted print (measuring 14½" x 11"), and in so doing give support to the junior teams, should place an order through Stansfield BC's website. The cost is £25 + post and packaging.

To find out more about the artist, and the print, click 'read more'.

U16s start preparations for 2018 World Championships

The England U16 squad has started its build up for the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, and a few weeks ago got together in London for a training weekend.

Squad leader Giorgio Provenza has written the first in a series of blogs which will keep you updated as the squad continues its preparations ahead of its trip to China in August. Click 'read more' below to see it.

Thanks to No Fear Bridge for their support of the U16s through the donation of free membership to their website to all the squad and coaches.

As noted in this article, we'd be delighted to hear from any members who would like to support the teams in any way - please don't hesitate to contact us.

Mixed results for England Juniors in Channel Trophy

England's Junior teams' preparation for the 2018 World Youth Team Championships continued this weekend when they participated in the Channel Trophy near Brussels. The competition included the hosts, Belgium, and perennial powerhouses France and the Netherlands.

The U21s and U26 Women's teams both did well, finishing in second place - the Women beat eventual winners France in both matches, and the U21s split their matches with the winning French team. The U26 team finished in fourth place, but remained competitive throughout - a win in the final match against Belgium deprived the hosts of victory.

The teams were:
U21: Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden ; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; NPC: Michael Byrne
U26 Women: Yvonne Wiseman & Alexandra Birchall ; Siyu Ren & Laura Covill ; Ewa Wieczorek & Olivia Bailey; NPC: Giorgio Provenza
U26: Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton ; NPC: Paul Barden