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:

Junior Camrose this weekend

The Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer competitions take place this weekend in Ireland. Play begins on Friday evening and you can watch some of the matches on Bridge Base Online.

England's Under 26 team will be looking to win the Junior Camrose title for a fifth consecutive year, and the Under 21 team will be hoping to reclaim the Peggy Bayer trophy after a third place finish in 2016 broke a run of five straight victories.

Under 26 team: Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Oliver Powell & Jon Derrick; Shivam Shah & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: Simon Cope; Asst NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Under 21 team: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC: Michael Byrne

Teaching award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development:

  • The Alec Salisbury Award - to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge
  • The Tom Bradley Award - to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Please click 'read more' for further details on the nomination process. Nominations should be made by 23rd May.

This half-term start a youngster's love of bridge

The school holidays can be a great time to introduce bridge to children. This February half-term start a youngster you know on the path to a lifelong love of bridge.

The EBU Shop has a number of products which can help, including books which will suggest ways to introduce the game to younger people, and practical equipment such as card holders to help smaller hands get to grips with 13 cards.

There are also some clubs running 'taster' sessions for younger players during the holidays. These include (but may not be limited to): Wimbledon BC; Roehampton Club; West Midlands BC; If you know of any others please let us know.

Double Dutch at the Junior Channel Trophy; England employ 'three second rule'

70 junior internationals put the 'young' back in the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, as it hosted the Junior Channel Trophy this weekend.

The Netherlands won two of the competitions, securing a narrow victory in the U26 event, and a comprehensive win in the U26 Women's competition. The U21 competition was won by the French team. The Dutch winners of the Channel Trophy (for the U26 competition) are pictured receiving the cup from Baroness Henig of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge.

Baroness Henig expressed her delight at seeing such enthusiasm for bridge amongst the young players, gave thanks to the organisers of the event, and praised the NBOs in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for their support of junior bridge.

England finished second in all three competitions. The U26 team ended the first round-robin in fourth, but good wins in the second set of matches, including a big victory over Belgium in the final match, saw them leap up in to second place. The U21s were in third for much of the event, but results in the final match - a large win against Belgium and defeat for the Dutch against France - saw them jump in to second place. The U26 Women were second for much of the event, and finished comfortably in that position, a long way behind the runaway winners, but 17VPs clear of third.

The England teams were Under 26s: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts; Will Roper & Alex Birchall; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; NPC: Alan Shillitoe
Under 21s: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark; Daniel Winter & Liam Sanderson; NPC: Michael Byrne
Under 26 Women: Laura Covill & Olivia Bailey; Yvonne Wiseman & Megan Jones; Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan; NPC: Bryony Youngs.