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-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:

England U16s perform well in Czech Republic and finish 7th

An England Under 16 team finished seventh in the Czech Republic Junior Teams Championship this weekend.

The team of Oscar Selby & Henry Rose, Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope, with NPC: Mike Bell, competed against eleven other junior sides - including some U26 teams and many with more international experience.

They struggled in their opening qualifying matches, finishing fifth of the six teams in their group. They bounced back well, however, finishing second in the next group phase to move on to the 5th-8th playoff. They lost their 'semi-final' but an emphatic victory in their final match saw them claim 7th place and improve on their good performance in the 2015 competition.

Young bridge players visit House of Lords

Bridge players from Weald Community Primary School, near Sevenoaks, and from Weydon School in Farnham, Surrey, visited the House of Lords on Tuesday to play bridge with the Peers.

Following a tour of both the House of Commons and House of Lords they played bridge with seven members of the House of Lords. Although both groups had only started bidding recently they acquitted themselves well in their new surroundings - having played minibridge for a few years their card play was particularly good.

During the visit they were visited by Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence and Member of Parliament for the constituency in which Weald CP School is situated. He is pictured addressing the visiting group during a break in the game (you can also read his report on his website). The MP for Weydon School's constituency, Jeremy Hunt, was unable to attend, but sent a message to the visiting group and said he would visit the school's bridge group in the near future.

The visit was organised as a joint activity between the EBU, English Bridge Education and Development and the All Party Paliamentary Group for Bridge. The EBU, EBED and the two schools would like to thank Baroness Henig and all the Peers for making the visit possible.

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