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:

Two medals, and other good results, for England at European Youth Pairs

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

Tommy Brass & Ian Robson (pictured left) finished third in the U26 Pairs, with Stephen Kennedy and Michael Alishaw finishing in fifth place - England was one of only two countries with two pairs in the top 16.

Henry Rose and Oscar Selby (pictured right) claimed the bronze medal in the U16 Pairs.

The U26 Women's Pairs saw two English pairs narrowly miss a podium place, with Liz Gahan & Yvonne Wiseman finishing fourth, and Alex Birchall & Laura Covill finishing fifth.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships - Jonathan Clark & Daniel Winter finished in second, with India Leeming & Hanna Tuus in sixth and Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell in eighth.

The competition started with a Mixed Pairs in which a number of English pairs enjoyed good results. Alex Birchall & Shahzaad Natt finished 10th in the A Final. Louise Selway & Will Roper won the B Final, with Hanna Tuus & Tommy Brass in third, and Laura Covill & Nick Dean in fourth. India Leeming & Ian Robson made it four English pairs in the top ten.

Pictures copyright European Bridge League

England U16s reach final of Youth Online Championships

England's U16 team has reached the final of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships after a victory over the USA. Squad leader Giorgio Provenza takes up the story....

"After a 42-board battle England prevailed over USA 102-89. The good guys took their first lead on the 3rd board and then fought off any attempt of the American kids to come back.

The finale was a thriller though. The Americans had reserved their rights on an early board where they thought they had been damaged by a misclick. Had an appeal been upheld, it could have overturned the outcome of the match.

After some back and forth, whilst the evening was turning into night, they eventually conceded and we could all go to bed, happy and victorious.

Here's a picture of the team (courtesy of David Emerson) taken at the Ardingly junior bridge camp: from left to right Dido Coley, Henry Rose, Roland Bourne, Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty, Jamie Fegarty, Oscar Selby, Andy Cope."

The team are hitting form at an ideal time with the World Youth Team Championships just over a month away. We were delighted that Tetragon have become a primary sponsor of the U16 team, but there is still chance to donate to the fundraising to support all four teams heading to China. All donations, of any size, are gratefully received - see here for more information on the fundraising.