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:

Junior bridge and minibridge lessons this summer

There are a number of clubs and organisations which are running bridge and minibridge sessions during the summer, giving youngsters a fun way to spend some of their school holidays, and allowing them to take their first steps in bridge.

A list is available on the EBED website. If you know of any others then please let us know.

EBED will also be holding the annual Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University on 1st-3rd September - see here for more details.

Cambridge wins Portland Bowl

Cambridge have won the Portland Bowl, the UK's inter-universities competition.

Their 'B' team, which comprised Freddie Illingworth, Kripa Panchagnula, Kyle Lam and Michael Alishaw (Jonathan Clark had played in an earlier round in the competition), defeated Oxford A in the 48-board final by 40 IMPs. Cambridge A beat Bath by 15 IMPs in the playoff for third place. This was a fourth consecutive victory for Cambridge (their 14th in total) with Kyle playing in all four, and Michael and Freddie in the last three. It was Kripa and Jonathan's debut.

Thank you to the Portland Club for hosting the semi-finals and finals. The photograph shows Deputy Chairman of the Club, Giles Hargreave, presenting the trophy to the winning team.

England defeated in semi-finals of White House Juniors Internationals

England's juniors have been beaten in the semi-finals of the White House Junior Internationals event taking place in Amsterdam. They lost to Poland, having beaten Norway in the quarter-finals earlier in the day.

The team was Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts, Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy, and NPC: Graham Osborne. The annual competition featured sides from 17 other countries, and England finished the first round in third place in their pool, and then reached the quarter-finals after finishing in sixth in the second round.