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.

Youth bridge camps this summer

Unfortunately EBED will not be holding the Junior Teach-In this year, but there is still chance for juniors bridge players to attend residential bridge events this summer.

Sussex CBA is holding a summer camp at Ardingly College on 12-14 August, and Cheltenham BC is hosting an event on 3-4 September, with accommodation provided at Cheltenham Ladies College. These events are open to children of all bridge/minibridge abilities.

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English juniors win Punch Bowl at Spring Fours; Penfold team wins Hamilton Cup

The team of Ben Norton (Leics), Ankush Khandelwal (Notts), Alex Roberts (Mersey/Cheshire) and Toby Nonnenmacher (London) - pictured left - have won the Punch Bowl, the main consolation event at the Schapiro Spring Foursomes.

They were knocked out of the main competition at an early stage - though had received an unfortunate draw as they played, in successive rounds, eventual quarter-finalists, eventual finalists, and the fourth seeds. They then found some form, however, reaching the knockout stages of the Punch Bowl after finishing second in their eight team group, and winning three matches in the knockout stage to take the trophy. They defeated an Anglo-Danish-Norwegian team of Gitte Hecht-Johansen (London), Arne Andreasen, Lisbeth Aulid Eide, Henrik Gosvig, and Baard Risnes in the final.

The Hamilton Cup - the consolation Swiss Teams for those eliminated from the main competition or the Punch Bowl, or joining the event at that point - was won by Sandra Penfold (Yorks), Nevena Senior (Middlesex), Rumen Trendafilov and Kalin Karaivanov (both Bulgaria) (see picture here). They won five of their six matches, and scored enough to pip the undefeated Norwegian-Monagasque team of Rune Hauge, Geir Helgemo, Crister Kristoffersen & Jan Petter Svendsen.

The main event concludes today - the semi-finals and final can be followed on Bridge Base Online.

Cambridge retains Portland Bowl

The University of Cambridge has retained the Portland Bowl, for the British inter-universities championship, beating a team from the University of Oxford in the final.

The winning team is pictured - left to right: Michael Alishaw, Helen Holmes, Adam Bowden, Kyle Lam (captain), Freddie Illingworth, Chris Derrick.

The semi-finals and finals were played at the Portland Club in London on 9th and 10th April. Cambridge B beat Manchester A in one semi-final, and Oxford A beat Durham A in the other.

The final between old rivals Cambridge and Oxford was a close match, but victory went to the light blue team, by 115 IMPs to 90. Durham won the third-place playoff by 124-68.

This was a third consecutive victory for Cambridge, and its 13th overall (Oxford is second with 9), and Kyle Lam became the ninth person to win the event in three consecutive years. He joins a number of players with three victories, with only Chris Jagger (five) and Greg Moss (four) having won more.

Siblings win Under 21 Championships

Jasmine Bakhshi and Liam Sanderson (both London) have won the Under 21 Championship Pairs which took place at the Easter Festival (they are pictured receiving their trophy from Heather Dhondy). Jasmine defended the title which she won last year - the first person to do so since 2002.

The siblings finished on 62.67%, with Dylan Dissanayake & Jack Ronayne (both Middlesex) second on 59.88%, narrowly ahead of Nick Heymann (London) & Roger Ren (Herts) who scored 59.50%.

By coincidence, Jasmine and Liam, and parents David & Heather Bakhshi, are featured in the April issue of English Bridge which is available online now, and will be coming through letterboxes very soon.