Club Management Focus: Summer 2016

Upcoming TD courses

County Director Courses

The annual County Director's and County Refresher Courses will take place on 10th/11th September at the Coventry Hilton.

The County Directors' course is for qualified Club Directors who will normally have at least one year's experience of directing and some experience of organising events at County level. The prime objectives of the course are to provide a learning experience, and to assess the candidate's experience to become fully qualified County Directors. The course is a mixture of table simulations, lecture and written assessment.

The County Refresher course is for those who have already attended and passed the County Course. The course content is identical to the County Course and participants will be 'unofficially marked' on the same scale so you can see how you have improved since you did the County Course.

Courses are only open to qualified Club Directors or previously qualified County Directors. This intensive course starts on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, with other sessions on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and afternoon, finishing at approximately 3:30pm.

Club TD Training Courses

Club Tournament Directors Courses are run by English Bridge Education and Development to help equip participants with the necessary skills which will enable them to run events, from local club duplicates to county events and beyond. Training for tournament directors at county and national level is run by the EBU.

Club Tournament Director Courses are the first step on the ladder and consist of four modules: Essentials, Book Rulings, Judgement Rulings and Assessment. These courses are run nationally in response to demand from individual clubs. Please email if your club would be interested in hosting a suite of these courses.

Upcoming courses (also listed at

Essentials £50 (£45 for EBU Members)
Eastbourne Winter Garden (during the Summer Meeting) – Monday 22nd August 2016
Sheffield – Sunday 18th September 2016
Lymington – Thursday 22nd September 2016
Stamford – Saturday 1st October 2016
Young Chelsea – Sunday 2nd October 2016
Bolton – Saturday 15th October 2016
Worthing – Saturday 15th October 2016
Aylesbury – Wednesday 26th October 2016
Solihull – Tuesday 17th January 2017
Wymondham – Saturday 11th March 2017 (combined with Book Rulings)(provisional)

Book Rulings £50 (£45 for EBU Members)
Eastbourne Winter Garden (during the Summer Meeting) – Tuesday 23rd August 2016
East Horsley Bridge club (Venue The Drift Golf club, Postcode KT24 5HD) - Friday 16th September 2016
Sheffield – Sunday 25th September 2016
Lymington – Thursday 29th September 2016
Young Chelsea – Sunday 16th October 2016
Stamford – Saturday 5th November 2016
Bolton – Saturday 12th November 2016
Worthing – Saturday 12th November 2016
Aylesbury – Wednesday 30th November 2016
Solihull – Tuesday 21st February 2017
Wymondham – Saturday 11th March 2017 (combined with Essentials)(provisional)

Judgement Rulings £50 (£45 for EBU Members)
Eastbourne Winter Garden (during the Summer Meeting) – Wednesday 24th August 2016
Wallingford BC, Tuesday 6th September 2016
Sheffield – Sunday 9th October 2016
East Horsley Bridge club (Venue The Drift Golf club, Postcode KT24 5HD) - Friday 21st October 2016
Lymington – Thursday 20th October 2016
Barnstaple, Saturday 22nd October 2016
Young Chelsea, Sunday 6th November 2016
Bolton, Saturday 10th December 2016
Worthing – Saturday 10th December 2016
Stamford – Saturday 7th January 2017
Aylesbury – Wednesday 18th January 2017
Solihull – Tuesday 21st March 2017
Wymondham – Saturday 8th April 2017 (provisional)

Assessment £60 (£54 for EBU Members)
Eastbourne Winter Garden (during the Summer Meeting) – Thursday 25th August 2016
Tunbridge Wells Saturday 10th September 2016
Wallingford BC, Tuesday 4th October 2016
Barnstaple, Sunday 30th October 2016
Sheffield – Sunday 30th October 2016
Lymington – Thursday 10th November 2016
East Horsley Bridge club (Venue The Drift Golf club, Postcode KT24 5HD) - Friday 18th November 2016
Young Chelsea – Sunday 11th December 2016
Bolton – Saturday 14th January 2017
Worthing – Saturday 14th January 2017
Aylesbury – Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Solihull – Tuesday 18th April 2017
Wymondham – Saturday 13th May 2017 (provisional)

Refresher Course £50 (£45 for EBU Members) (course content varies according to the choice of the host club)
Lincoln - Sunday 11th September 2016 (One day course)
Worthing - Saturday 17th September 2016 (One day course)
Exmouth (Woodbury Village Hall EX5 1LX) - 1st October 2016

Other useful resources

The EBU has created a series of videos to help Club Tournament Directors deal with six of the more commonly occurring situations. They can be viewed at

You can download useful flow charts on more commonly infringed laws from