EBU Strategic Plan
A limited discussion between counties in the Midlands Counties working Group about the future of the game of bridge was the driving force behind the creation of this forum, although it will, I hope, have many other uses.
The EBU has had a Strategic Plan for the last decade or so (visible under the tag of "Bidding for the Future", in the Official Documents section of the website) and is now embarking on the next generation of that. Here are some thoughts from the Gloucestershire discussion on where we go ...
On the context
The Articles of Associate of the EBU (the fifth Object) capture “through the medium of the Union, to do all such things as from time to time may be necessary to elevate and maintain the status and procure the advancement of the game of bridge in England”. There is no limitation here to Duplicate Bridge (or competitive bridge), and in any case non-Duplicate bridge should be encouraged as players of non-Duplicate bridge are always prime candidates for the Duplicate game. So all forms of bridge should be in scope.
A large part of the bridge playing population of the country lies outside the affiliated clubs, and the EBU would clearly like these people to be player members. It needs to do this by understanding the ways in which these people enjoy playing bridge and what these people need of a National Body, and by adapting to be that, rather than by trying to persuade these people to join a National Body which was created for a bridge playing population with a much more competitive streak.
Why do we as Counties care?
The Counties can manage bridge activities within their area, fairly independently of the EBU Strategic Plan, but Counties and EBU-central working together for the promotion of bridge must generate a better outcome. Furthermore many active County players make regular use of the services the EBU provides, and the Counties need to ensure the best possible Strategic Plan in order to best serve those people.
For these reasons the Counties want to engage with the Board on the development of the EBU Strategic Plan.