Club Management Focus: Autumn 2018

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Club Management Focus.

This is the final Club Management Focus which I will be collating, as I leave the EBU on 7th December. It has been a pleasure to work for the organisation, and I thank all of those who work so hard in the clubs and counties for your contribution and for the assistance you have given in sharing information with your members. My successor, Sam Kelly, has started this week and you will get to know her in the weeks and months to come.

One of the EBU’s key initiatives in 2019 is the Membership Development Campaign. This originally started in Yorkshire, where they have enjoyed significant positive results, and is now being rolled out to other parts of the country. Tim Anderson, the (relatively) new Membership Development Officer, has written to introduce the Campaign. We hope that your county will be involved and in turn that this is something with which your club will engage and your membership will grow. There are also articles from clubs which have run events to highlight their activities and bring new players through their doors – we hope these might give you some ideas.

There are also a number of upcoming opportunities for players of ‘club level’ to take part in major competitions. The Jack High Swiss Pairs at the Year End Festival in London is aimed at those wanting to take their first steps in ‘congress bridge’ and is limited to those no higher than the rank of Jack on the NGS. The Masters Pairs is a national competition for those ranked lower down the Master Point scale, and your club can host a heat to enable your members to take part. And of course, the Sim Pairs in 2019 enables your members to take part in nationwide competitions from the comfort of their home venue. Please have a look at the articles on these competitions, and host a heat and/or encourage your members to take part.

I hope you all have a great Christmas, and I look forward to seeing some of you at a bridge table in 2019.

Peter Stockdale
Outgoing Communications Officer
November 2018

The Membership Development Project
An update from the EBU’s new Membership Development Officer
Jack High Swiss Pairs
Encourage your less experienced members to play congress bridge – come as a group and get a discount
Play in the 2019 Sim Pairs and support bridge in England
Plus the results of the 2018 prize draws
Host a heat of the Masters Pairs
A competition for lower ranked players
Elections held at AGM
Board and Standing Committees confirmed
Free places on EBED’s teaching courses in 2019
Learn to teach, and help your bridge club to thrive
Improving our database of ages
Please ask your members to provide their date of birth
EBTA Teachers Conference
Returning in 2019
Junior Teams Fundraising
Thank you for supporting the fundraising for the junior teams
Free scoring software for affiliated clubs
Making the switch to EBUScore
Stocking fillers and Christmas prizes
Last postage dates for orders from the Bridge Warehouse
The Farnham Festival of Bridge
Bringing together bridge communities in Surrey
Bridging The Channel
Twinning can add an international flavor to your club’s games
A Summer Festival in Huddersfield
National competitions and an Open Day
The EBU’s finances 2017/18
A summary of where the money came from, and where it’s gone
EBU subscription rates 2019/20
Christmas Party Games
Promote your event online and in print
Special advertising packages available to clubs
County & Club Director Training Courses
Club and County Logos
EBU & EBED logos available to download for your website or paperwork
Welcome to Upminster & Cranham Bridge Club
Pianola free for a year to affiliated clubs
Past Editions