Welcome to the home page for Clubs! This page includes news, and links to information, which is relevant to EBU affiliated clubs. We also produced a quarterly online newsletter for clubs - Club Management Focus - and past issues are collated here.

Useful information for club administration is available via the menu on the right, and in the Club Management Handbook. If further assistance is needed, please contact the EBU office, and we would be glad to help -, 01296 317200. The services of the Club Liaison Officer, Bev Purvis, are available for those needing more specialist guidance.

We would be delighted to welcome new affiliations - more information is available lower down the page.

Free places on Club Teacher Training Courses

Affiliated clubs are able to have a representative attend EBED's Club Teacher Training courses for free once every two years. These courses are intended to enable members with a motivation to help bring more players in to the game - and specifically in to their club - to run lessons. See here for more information.

Club News

County Bridge Club, Leicester opening

The County Bridge Club in Leicester recently celebrated their new venue with a grand opening on 11th May. Gordon Rainsford, Chief Executive of the EBU, cut the ribbon (picture). Irene Kranze, one of Leicestershire's longest bridge playing members, cut the cake (picture).

The club, which started in 1961, had been at their previous premises for 39 years. In September 2018 the members voted to seek charitable status and buy and move to a new building. The committee of nine volunteers, aided by several of the club members, worked tirelessly to ensure the move and work was completed on schedule.

The County Bridge Club has operated in the City of Leicester for nearly 58 years and this marks a significant new chapter in this clubs long and illustrious history. The modern single-story building will be able to host new events on a City, County and Regional basis utilising the excellent transport links to Leicester.

The club hopes to extend their teaching program to engage with schools, colleges and other organisations to promote the playing of Contract Bridge. The club committee are confident that this move will secure the future of the club and bridge in Leicestershire for many years to come.

Booking now open for advanced Director Training Day

Booking is now open for the advanced Director Training Day at the following venues/dates:

  • Advanced Director Training – Darlington (St Georges) – Sunday 30th June
  • Advanced Director Training – Eastbourne (summer Meeting) – Friday 9th August

Individual bookings can be made online via MyEBU – while club/county bookings, and any other queries, can be email to The course is run from 10.30 to 4.30. Course fee is £55.

The first of these courses at Aylesbury on Saturday 11th May is already fully booked with 16 delegates, but players are welcome to contact me if they want to put their name down on the “reserve list” in the event of a last minute cancellation.

The residential county directing course will be held as usual at the Coventry Hilton on 14/15 September. Anyone wishing to know more information should contact me via

Changes to the EBU Licensing and Master Points Handbook

All changes are referenced in this document.

There are a number of changes in the EBU Licensing and Master Points Handbook 2019; notably, the addition of Master Point awards listed for county congress events that replace County One-Day Green Point events. Furthermore, all references to the ‘Tournament Committee’ have been deleted and the information has been updated as necessary. Also note in the appendix, there is now added information about ‘Charges’, ‘Session Definition’, ‘Novice Sessions’ and ‘Annual Exempt Sessions’.

If you require any further clarification then please don’t hesitate to contact Robin Barker, by emailing or calling 01296 317223.

GDPR Update

As many of you will have read in this months Club Management Focus, we have been updating the wording of our Data Protection Arrangements to make the details surrounding GDPR clearer. These updates are now complete, please take the time to read the new documents on the GDPR page.