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 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:

Nominations accepted for 2018 Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education & Development.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting youth bridge.

More information on the awards and the process for making a nomination is available on the EBED website. Nominations should be made by 26th May.

Over 50 youngsters play in Warwickshire's Junior Challenge

On Friday, 16th March, Warwickshire CBA welcomed over 50 Year 5 & 6 pupils from two local schools to West Midlands Bridge Club to take part in their annual Junior Challenge.

At the end of the afternoon 15 participants were awarded certificates for completing the Minibridge part of EBED's Junior Award Scheme.

They also participated in the minibridge section of EBED's Students and Schools National Simultaneous Pairs which is taking place this spring. The hands can be played up until 31st March, so there is still chance for groups to take part.

The event was supported by WCBA, West Midlands Bridge Club and EBED, and their thanks goes to schools and staff for giving WCBA the opportunity to introduce the pupils to the wonders of the game of bridge.

Haberdashers’ regains Schools Cup

The Young Bridge Challenge, organised by English Bridge Education & Development, took place in Loughborough on Saturday 10th March with young players from schools from around the country taking part in bridge and minibridge competitions.

20 teams contested the bridge competition which started with a Swiss Teams, after which the top teams representing a single school went on to a knockout phase to contest the Schools Cup.

This was won by Senthur Shanmugarasa, Ben Lewis, Jack Ronayne, Kavinthan Vickneswaran from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School. This was HABS' eighth win in the last nine years, and Jack is the first person to win the competition on four occasions. They beat the defending champions, Liam Sanderson, Theo Gillis, Oscar Selby & Carlos Lapuerta of Westminster School (picture), in the final. HABS B beat Reading in the third place playoff.

The remaining teams continued the Swiss Teams competition. The top finishers were the team of Elizabeth Gahan, Imogen La Chapelle, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope (picture) and they won the Harry Scully Trophy. The Schools Plate - for the highest finishing team from one school - went to William Clennell, Matthew Wadsworth, David Fryer, Euan Sarson of Reading (picture), after they finished in second place.

Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

U16s continue preparations for China

The England U16 squad has held another training session as it prepares for the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, being held in China in August.

Squad leader Giorgio Provenza has written a new blog to keep you updated. Click 'read more' below to see it.

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. You can also make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED's website, here.