When we ran a Festival of Bridge in Oxford last September we promoted it as open to all bridge players and offered the opportunity to play rubber or duplicate. There were relatively few who opted for the rubber bridge element but those who did enjoyed the experience. Some said that they will try to be braver next time and try duplicate. I hope they will also tell their friends.
I suggest that we need events which mix such players with our duplicate players for them to discover that we can have fun too.
I would welcome news of other counties' experience of attracting rubber bridge players to duplicate and particularly ideas of events that can be run that will appeal to both types of bridge player.
Activities like this can change the image that we are only there to serve the upper echelons of competitive duplicate players. Do you agree?