Club Management Focus: Spring 2016

Simultaneous Pairs Events

EBED Simultaneous Pairs

Thank you to all the clubs and players who took part in the EBED Simultaneous Pairs in May. We had over 130 clubs, and 2300 pairs, take part, and whilst it is too early to give an exact figure for what was raised for English Bridge Education and Development, it will certainly make a significant contribution to the charity’s projects relating to the social and health benefits linked to playing bridge, including combatting social isolation and cognitive decline. More details on what the work would entail was given in the April issue of English Bridge – page 37.

An interview on Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 gave an insight in to what bridge means to those in later life, with two widowed ladies taking about the social and cognitive benefits they enjoyed from playing bridge. That interview is available at and will be available until 20th May. Interviews such as this not only show the significance of bridge to people in this demographic, but also the importance of continuing to look at how bridge offers social and cognitive benefits to people of all ages, and how the game can be used to provide benefits to society.

The proceeds from the next EBED Sim Pairs – which will take place 5th to 9th September – will also go to supporting EBED’s work in this area. We hope that your cub will host a heat, and support its efforts, and that you will encourage your members to take part – if not at a heat at your club, then at one in your local area.

In addition your club, and the heat winner at your club, can win up to £1000 (see below).

Information on taking part is available.

Other forthcoming Sim Pairs

There are two other sim pairs events taking place this year:

British Summer Sim Pairs – 25th to 28th July
British Autumn Sim Pairs – 3rd to 6th October

These represent the last chance for your club, and two of your members, to enter the prize draw to win £1000, or one of seventeen other cash prizes.

To be in with a chance of winning, all your club needs to do is hold a heat of one of these events. You will be entered in the draw every time you hold a heat, and if the heat is well attended you will receive additional entries.

The pair at the club who achieve the highest national score will go in to an additional prize draw. The first prize in each draw is £1000. You can read more about the prizes.

We hope this is a big incentive for you to take part. There are also other benefits to participation in our Sim Pairs, and you can read more about those, and get information on entering, in this document.