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:

England Juniors play in Channel Trophy this weekend

England's Junior teams have traveled to Leuven, near Brussels, to take part in the Channel Trophy this weekend. The competition pits England, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands against each other, with competitions for the U26, U26 Women and U21 teams.

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

Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online from 6:45pm this evening (see their schedule for details). The event concludes on Sunday morning.

Junior fundraising rolls out

Fundraising to send our four Junior Teams (U26; U26 Women; U21; U16) to the World Youth Teams Championships next year has begun in earnest.

EBU Vice-Chairman Ian Payn has taken responsibility for the campaign after the resignation of Darren Evetts from the EBU Board. He will be supported by the Chairman of the Selection Committee, Gillian Fawcett, Squad Leaders, players themselves and their parents, in his endeavours to engage counties clubs and individuals in raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

County Chairmen have already been written to, and the response so far has been encouraging (Sussex having already raised funds well before the letters even went out), and we have also received a very generous donation from the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers.

This campaign has only two rules:

  • 1. No contribution is too small, We are grateful for any effort.
  • 2. No hard sell: this is an entirely voluntary affair.

There is very exciting news on the major sponsor front, as well. Squad Leader for the Women’s U26 Sally Brock has managed to acquire a massive £10,000 donation from Touchlight to fund travel and, crucially, training for the U26 Women’s team. We are incredibly grateful to them.

"Touchlight is delighted to support the Under 26 Women’s Bridge team and look forward to seeing their progress throughout 2018.
Touchlight was established on the conviction that our ever-increasing understanding of DNA would lead to its emergence as a material of the future. As such we have developed, patented, scaled and evidenced a revolutionary enzymatic platform to enable the new generation of DNA-based products."

But it’s not all about big packages – we want everyone who wants to, to feel a part of this, to feel they’re encouraging the future of the game.

If you want some ideas or further information please e-mail Ian Payn (idp@ebu.co.uk) or Peter Stockdale (peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk).

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.

EBED seeks Education and Youth Officer

English Bridge Education and Development are looking to appoint an Education and Youth Officer to manage and develop successful delivery of the English Bridge Teacher Association (EBTA) services and youth activities. They are looking for a confident candidate with experience of teaching bridge and working with young people. The job will be based in Aylesbury.

Further information is available in the job description here. Applications should be made by 15th December.