Clubs

Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

This is where you will find all news which is relevant to EBU affiliated clubs.

Please note the important information relating to the General Data Protection Regulation. All clubs and counties must be compliant by 25th May 2018

We also produced a quarterly online newsletter for clubs - Club Management Focus - and past issues are collated here.

Since April 2010, the EBU has been funded through Universal Membership which means that anyone playing in an EBU-affiliated club (provided they are a member of that club) automatically becomes a member of the EBU and pays a small subscription amount each time they play.

If your club is not yet affiliated, then please read about the Benefits of Affiliation. You can also read a series of articles from EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, in Bridge magazine in which he explains what the EBU is doing to help clubs, players, and the game in general, in England, and outlines the benefits of affiliating and supporting the national governing body. See here for all the articles - Bridge magazine articles - and in particular the reasons why he believes clubs should affiliate are covered in this article.

To affiliate download and complete the one of the following forms:

When you have affiliated your members will receive a Member's Pack to welcome them to the EBU. It includes a membership card, a new members' booklet (which can be downloaded here), and other information.

We hope affiliated clubs will choose to use the 'affiliated clubs logo'.

For a full directory of EBU affiliated clubs please visit the Club Directory.

The EBU is always available to give advice and assistance to affiliated clubs - please contact us on 01296 317200, or send us an email, with any questions you may have.

Similarly if you would like any information on the services we offer, and to find out more about the benefits of affiliation, please get in touch.

Club News

Tim Anderson joining EBU as Membership Development Officer

We are pleased to welcome Tim Anderson to the EBU staff. Tim will be starting on 3rd September as our Membership Development Officer, and will be working with the regions involved in the expanding Membership Development Project - initially started, with success, by Yorkshire CBA - to help them bring more members into affiliated clubs.

In this part-time role, Tim will be using his background in marketing, publicity, and most recently in journalism, to help clubs and counties involved in the Membership Project reach out to existing, and potential, bridge players in their region. Tim has acted as Chairman, or in other committee positions, at various bridge clubs, and is also a County TD, so has a wealth of experience in bridge to combine with his professional skills. Once he starts in the role he can be contacted at tim@ebu.co.uk (the address will not be active until 3/9/18).

White Book for 2018 now available; Blue book unchanged

The updated White Book for 2018 is now available - 2018 White Book.

A list of changes made to the 2017 version is available here.

The significant change for TDs and players is the increase in procedural and disciplinary penalties - 25% top/6IMP/1VP and 50% top/12 IMP/2 VP (though of course, for players, this only affects them if they fail to follow procedure or behave badly!). Other changes relate to the new laws of bridge from 2017, updates made by the EBU, and changing interpretations by the Laws & Ethics Committee.

The Blue Book is unchanged in 2018 - the 2017 remains the correct book to use.

EBU makes donations to charity

The EBU is pleased to have made donations to charity on behalf of its members.

Whenever a club holds a charity event a special, reduced licence fee is paid to the EBU, and the EBU periodically donates the collated fees to charity.

The fees collected for the financial year 2016/17 - £1057.89 - have been donated to support hospice care for children and young adults.

The fees for 2017/18 - £1026.90 - have been donated to EBED, to help support its work to continue the growth of the game in England.

U16s finish preparations for China, supported by London bridge clubs

The U16s squad this week held its final training session ahead of the World Youth Team Championships.

They were supported by various bridge clubs in London, with Wimbledon Bridge Club acting as the base for the three days of practice. The team joined the members for their Wednesday Ploughmans session, where a raffle was held to raise money for the fundraising cause.

On Monday the teams attended Young Chelsea Bridge Club and took part in the British Summer Sim Pairs competition which the club was hosting that evening.

The U16s played at Richmond Bridge Club on Tuesday, and the members also made a contribution to the fundraising effort. £55,000 has now been raised to support the junior teams.

Thanks to all those who supported the juniors and made them welcome on their tour of London.