Education

The English Bridge Union is committed to the development of Bridge, and consequently puts great emphasis on education and learning. These pages have something for everyone: for those wanting to learn how to play, for those wanting to teach and for those who want to become tournament directors at local club, county, national or even international level.

The English Bridge Union works closely with the charity English Bridge Education & Development on all education matters relating to bridge. Be sure to check out their web pages.

The EBU runs a range of competitions and events for less experienced players. Please click here for further information on our Really Easy Programme.

If there is something which you would like to see here or you need further information, please let us know

Are you a primary school teacher, and want to introduce Minibridge to your school? We have lots of resources to help you get started through our Bridge for Schools Programme

Love Bridge? Why not teach it?!

Do you love bridge? Do you want to share this enthusiasm with others? Do you want to make bridge more than just a hobby?

If 'yes' then you should attend one of our Club Teacher Courses and learn to be a bridge teacher.
These very successful and popular courses will help you learn how to teach bridge using the Bridge for All Programme, expertly guided by one of our very experienced tutors.

You can learn more about these courses using the link for Club Teacher Training to the right of this page which also provides details on courses which are planned.

We set up these courses across England in direct response to demand, so if your club or county needs new blood and you are ready to help bring newcomers into our great game, why don't you get your club/county secretary to get in touch to see what can be arranged?

The course is also an excellent starting point for those who want to teach bridge independently. Read more about our teaching community by reading the EBTA link in the Education Menu on your right.

Education News

Haberdashers School wins Schools Cup at Young Bridge Challenge

The Young Bridge Challenge took place in Loughborough on Saturday 7th March with young players enjoying an afternoon of bridge and minibridge competitions.

The participating teams began with four rounds of Swiss Teams Qualifying. The leading four teams eligible for the Schools’ Cup (team members all from the same school) transferred to a Knock-out format for the Schools’ Cup whilst the remaining teams continued with two further matches in the Swiss Teams. In the semi-finals, Haberdashers beat St Paul’s School by 20 IMPs, and Loughborough Grammar School beat Exeter Maths School by 9 IMPs.

The final took place on centre stage and it was Haberdashers (pictured) who prevailed, beating Loughborough Grammar School by 28 imps. St Paul’s School won the 3rd place playoff.

The Harry Scully Trophy was also a competitive affair with many teams chipping away at last year’s holders. In the end, Jamie Fegarty, Liam Fegarty, Jasmine Bakhshi and Henry Rose (picture) retained the trophy again. The next highest school team were Joss Davis, Adrian Dimitrov, George Justice, Thibault Crosnier (picture) of Loughborough Grammar School A. They won the School’s Plate and gave the Harry Scully winners their only defeat of the competition.

The Minibridge winners were Isaac Alston & Daniel Valiente of English Martyrs School, tied with Robert Attewell, Joseph Ibbotson and Junior Hayden of Willowbrook.

The event was organised by English Bridge Education and Development. Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

A Taste for Bridge

Bromley North Bridge Club are holding a bridge promotion day scheduled for Saturday 14 March in the Glades shopping centre, Bromley. From 9.30am until 5pm they will be on the 2nd floor in the area between the entrance to Marks and Spencer (entrance closest to Boots) and Kurt Gieger shoes.

Members of the public will be invited to join the bridge tables and local bridge players will be on hand to answer questions and hand out information.

Drive For Youth Bridge

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is launching a major drive to recruit young players by offering to teach bridge to every student in London. Yes, all 375,000 of them!

The project is being led by three of England’s brightest young players, India Leeming, Louise Selway and Athena Chow.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please let them know. The main course launches in autumn 2020. A pilot event is being held on April 18th & 19th 2020.

The pilot event is for Chess players, Go players, Board-Gamers and members of Mensa, who are known to enjoy intellectual challenges, as well as students.

The cost is just £35 for the weekend course.

The venue is 54 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8HA.

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  • EBED Minibridge Sims (Free to enter)

    Entries for the EBED Minibridge Sim Pairs close on Monday 7th October.

    This is a great opportunity for any new students of the game to take part in an informal competition at an early stage of their learning.

    12 hands have been prepared with a commentary for use by teachers with new students of any age group. The hands are organised in 3 groups of 4, with each of North, South, West and East declaring one hand in each group.