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 you 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:

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.

Four awards presented at Summer Meeting

Four awards were presented by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development at the Summer Meeting this weekend.

Alan Shillitoe received the Tom Bradley Award for his contribution to junior bridge, both for his work with the junior international squads and for his contribution to the development of English Bridge Education and Development's Junior Award Scheme.

Tom Paske received the Young Player of the Year Award, and Ben Norton and Sam Behrens received the Young Pair of the Year Award.

Jim Proctor, who was the EBU's longest serving Tournament Director when he retired earlier this year, was presented with Life Membership.

World Youth Championships - England perform well, but miss the podium, in consolation event

After a good qualifying competition, the English Lions (Shivam Shah, Freddie Illingworth, Alex Roberts & Yvonne Wiseman) and English Cubs (Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton, Oscar Selby & Liz Gahan) unfortunately failed to finish on the podium in the consolation event of the World Youth Team Championships. The Lions finished well clear of the field in qualifying, finally getting the results that their play earlier in the event deserved, and although they led at the halfway point in the final they slipped back in to fourth. The Cubs qualified in 8th, and finished 9th in the final - a great result for the young team.

The NPCs have been writing blogs throughout the event. They can be read here.