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:

Cambridge retains Portland Bowl

Cambridge University has won the Portland Bowl for the fifth consecutive year.

Cambridge's 'B' team (pictured L to R with Neil Mendoza from the Portland Club which hosted the finals) of Freddie Illingworth, Ryan Chan (capt), Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark defeated Oxford A (Ewa Wieczorek, Federico Lombardi, Peter Banks, Alex Roberts) in the final. Warwick A was third.

This stretches Cambridge's advantage as the most successful university in the competition (with 15 victories, and Oxford second on 9). Freddie joins a group of players with four victories in the competition (only Chris Jagger has won the event five times). Kripa and Jonathan were part of last year's winning team; this was Ryan's first victory.

England reach Quarter Finals at White House Juniors

Two England teams competed in the White House Junior Internationals in the Netherlands, with nineteen (predominantly European) countries represented.

The England teams are:

  • White - Laura Covill & Siyu Ren and Ewa Wieczorek & Olivia Bailey
  • Red - Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy and Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton

England Red started the competition well, topping its group in the first round-robin phase, and then reaching the quarter finals, but were then knocked out at that stage. England White finished 7th out of 12 in its group, narrowly missing out on a spot in the 'A' semi-final by 2 VPs (top six qualified), and then missed out on the knock-out phase.

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.