Club Management Focus: Autumn 2017

I strongly believe that after a dynamic committee, the next most important element of a successful bridge club is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. This is achieved by encouraging (and in some cases enforcing) the principles embodied in the EBU’s Best Behaviour @ Bridge Policy. I have personal experience of the vital importance of adhering to Best Behaviour to encourage new members. When learning to play bridge only a few years ago, I was at the sharp end of some abusive behaviour at the table from a club committee member. I reported the incident to the TD but nothing changed at the club and it folded a couple of years later - no surprise there.

So I am delighted that the EBU’s Best Behaviour @ Bridge Policy has been reviewed and amended and, most importantly, the EBU’s Disciplinary Rules have been changed to include any breach of the fundamental principle of the Policy as an offence which could be punished under Disciplinary Rules. I hope that all of you reading this will adopt appropriate club procedures so that you never have to resort to making an official complaint to the EBU over such behaviour but these changes show the importance the EBU places in best behaviour when enjoying our wonderful game.

This month I contributed to a most informative and well-attended County Bridge event in Somerset organised by SCBA Chairman Tony Russ. There were several interesting presentations from club representatives, bridge teachers, bridge product suppliers and by the County. Graham Daniel from Kingston Seymour Bridge Club, has kindly agreed to share with you all the talk he gave on the coming of age of his club. I particularly recommend it for those clubs that are interested in taking the next step in their club’s development.

Perhaps it is too early for some, but I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Bev Purvis
Club Liaison Officer, English Bridge Union
November 2017

Updates made to Best Behaviour at Bridge
Kingston Seymour Bridge club comes of age!
How this Somerset Club has blossomed
General Data Protection Regulation
Please look out for more information in the coming months
Sim Pairs news
The winners of the 2017 draw; details of the 2018 events
Safeguarding Policy updated
Available now for you to adopt
New TD and Scoring Forum available
All welcome to join the discussion
Youth bridge events in spring 2018
Competitions and residential events for your junior members
Welcome to our newest affiliated club
The Summer Festival 2018
Host a heat of one of the midweek events
Software and manual updates available for EBUScore
The Bridge Warehouse
An exclusive offer on playing cards
Advertising in English Bridge
Discounts available for clubs and counties
Past Editions
The EBU’s finances
A summary of where the money comes from, and where it goes
EBU subscription rates 2018/19
Elections held at AGM
Board and Standing Committees confirmed
Checking account balances
Are some of your members in credit?
Disappointment at the EU courts
Bridge ruled not to be a sport for VAT purposes
Your incoming club officials
Helping them to get to grips with the role
Club Teacher Training Courses
Learn to teach bridge and help your club grow
How to run a club duplicate
A revamped course from EBED
Searching past issues of Club Management Focus
And how to search the whole EBU website
Christmas Party Games
Some ideas for festive fun
Club and County Logos
EBU & EBED logos available to download for your website or paperwork
Pianola free for a year to affiliated clubs