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:

World Youth Open Championships in progress

Play has started in the World Youth Open Championships which are taking place in Lyon.

Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw, Ben Norton, and Shivam Shah have made the trip across The Channel, and will be playing in the Pairs which takes place 16th - 18th, and the Teams which takes place 19th - 23rd.

At the midway point in the qualifying for the Pairs, Shivam was in 4th, Ben in 10th, and Stephen & Michael in 18th.

Junior and teaching awards presented at the Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting four awards have been presented to those who have excelled in junior bridge, and to those who have made significant contribution to the teaching of young players.

Young Player of the Year: Ben Norton
Young Pair of the Year: Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw
The Alec Salisbury Award winner: Sarah Bell
The Tom Bradley Award winner: Jessica & Anton Mauve

The achievements of Ben, and of Stephen & Michael, during the period in consideration have been numerous. They have all been mainstays of the junior international squads which have enjoyed a good run of results recently - culminating in all four teams qualifying for the 2018 World Championships - and in domestic bridge they have all won titles at major EBU congresses. The links above give more detailed information.

The Alec Salisbury Award recognises a school teacher who has made a significant contribution to junior bridge. Sarah Bell, of St Paul's Girls School, was instrumental in the establishment of the U16 squad, and in the success that came about so quickly for the team. She has also established a bridge club at the school and has contributed to the development and growth of the Junior Award Scheme.

Jessica & Anton Mauve have been key in the burgeoning junior bridge scene in Kent, and were presented with the Tom Bradley Award, which recognises the 'non-school-teachers' who have made a significant contribution to youth bridge.

Junior squad leader opportunities available

Would you like to get involved with the junior elite bridge programme?
Do you enjoy working with young people and children?

Two of the EBU youth squad leaders who led England teams to qualification for the 2018 world youth championships in China will shortly "retire". The EBU selectors are looking for two enthusiastic volunteers to take their places. The age-categories of the two squads are under-16 and under-26.

For more information on what these positions entail, please click 'read more'.

If you’d like to express an interest, please contact Dawn Mertens (dawn@ebu.co.uk) in the first instance. Closing date for expressions of interest is 31st August.

English success at ACBL Summer Nationals

The team of Tom Paske, Alexander Hydes, Sarah Bell & Marusa Basa have won the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match (Point-a-Board) at the ACBL Summer Nationals in Toronto. They won the four-session competition by just over half a board.

Isaac Barden was part of a winning pair (playing with Lukasz Kucharczyk of Canada) in the junior competition, the Morning Cardrook Pairs.

Update: Not to be outdone by his son, Paul Barden, playing with Graham Osborne and Americans Robert Bell and Lou Reich, won the snappily titled Saturday/Sunday Knockout Teams 1 on the final weekend of the event.

Further update: David Gold and Mike Bell reached the semi-final of the Spingold Teams, one of the most prestigious events on the ACBL calendar. Playing with Richard Schwartz, Jerry Stamatov and Diyan Danailov they lost to the Lavazza team in the final four.