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-25 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:

Granville & Sadie win Two Star Pairs, while juniors shine in teams

The Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Congress has been won by Richard Granville & Graham Sadie (pictured). They qualified in sixth place for the final and then went on to win with a score of 55.95%. Abbey Smith & Martin Jones were second with 55.26% with Roger Gibbons & David Kendrick in third.

The Satellite Final, contested by the next twenty teams in the qualifying round, was won by Tracy Capal & David Sherman. The Swiss Pairs - for those not reaching one of the finals and those who played only on the second day - was won by Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson.

The one day multiple teams events on Sunday featured three finals, with two of the trophies going to junior (or junior-heavy) teams. The main final, for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by the team of Sam Behrens, Ben Norton, Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw. The under-21s finished on 45 IMPs, well clear of the team in second - Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Dee Lindon & Pete Lindon.

The secondary teams final, for the Burlington Cup, was won by the team of Andrew McIntosh, Alistair Kent, Andrew Black & Gunnar Hallberg.

Mirroring their U21 counterparts, the team of Liz Gahan, Liam Sanderson & Jasmine Bakhshi - all U16 internationals - plus David Bakhshi swept to victory in the consolation final for the Sussex Cup, finishing 49 IMPs clear of the field.

Alongside the main events taking place at Peterborough there was a Really Easy Afternoon being held at various clubs around the country. The winners were Andrew Ferguson & Mary Ferguson with 66.90%, narrowly ahead of Ron Reising & Inger Beaty-Pownall. Both pairs took part at Richmond BC. The leading pairs at other heats were Janice Ford & Barry Hughes at Watford (3rd), Julian Patten & Heather Tarbard at Lymington (4th), and David Bostock & Rodney French at Exeter (11th).The leading 'b' stratification pair were Pam Rice & Heather Binding who played at Exeter and finished in 15th of the 64 pairs.

Details of 2017 European Youth Bridge Team Championships announced

The European Bridge League have announced details of the 2017 European Youth Bridge Team Championships. The event will take place in Samorin, in Slovakia, from 8th to 15th of July 2017. The Championships consist of four series: U26 Open, U26 Women, U21 and U16.

Schedule details are available here

English juniors do well in Swedish championships

Three English juniors performed well in the Swedish Junior Championships last weekend. Yvonne Wiseman, playing with Adam Stokka, narrowly missed out on a place on the podium, finishing in fourth place just 0.2% behind third. Oscar Selby & Megan Jones finished sixth - a good performance considering they are still Under-16s and the event was open to Under-26 players.

EBU members feature in IBPA awards

The International Bridge Press Association awards were announced during the World Bridge Games, with a number of EBU members featuring amongst the winners and nominees. The awards recognise the best in bridge journalism and writing - though of course the author is also dependent on good subject matter, so being the subject of a nominated work is also noteworthy.

David Bird won the award for Book of the Year for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. This was the first time he won the award, having been shortlisted on four previous occasions.

Brian Senior was nominated for the Junior Deal of the Year award, reporting on a hand played by English U16 player Liz Gahan. England U26 player Yvonne Wiseman was also featured in this category as the subject of a nominated article.

In the Best Bid Deal of the Year auctions by Colin Simpson & David Price, and by Jason & Justin Hackett, were the subjects of nominated articles.