Club teacher training

A teaching programme especially devised for club development

These courses are run by English Bridge Education and Development - please visit their website for full details of upcoming courses

To help membership recruitment in your club, English Bridge Education & Development is now running an important teacher training initiative to help all bridge clubs to ‘grow their own’ membership through an integrated teaching programme.

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club. This needs to be as part of programme to which the whole club is committed and which is designed to attract new members into bridge and then nurture their development within the world of duplicate play.

The key to a successful club teaching programme lies with evolving a whole year group from classroom to club room in no more than a year. Players should be integrated into the club as early as possible through a programme of teaching, supervised play, “no fear” duplicates and above all by providing an atmosphere of encouragement and welcome.

The success of your club development programme should not be measured based on how effectively the student member has learned Blackwood or transfers in response to 1NT. Performance should be evaluated by looking at how many of the year group eventually graduate to playing regularly at your club duplicate sessions. The responsibility of this falls to the whole club membership. The future of your club may depend on it.

How to nominate someone

Places on these courses should be booked by the registered secretary of the club to which the prospective teacher belongs.

If someone from your club would like to attend one of these courses, please contact Lisa at EBED on 01296 317217 or email her via this link. Please see the EBED website for current prices.

In the event that your club would like to host a club teacher training course, please talk in the first instance to your County Secretary to help identify other demand in your area. Enquiries for further information may be made to Richard Banbury at

Concessions for EBU Affiliated Clubs

For all bookings received from, invoiced to, and paid by, an EBU affiliated club, a 20% discount applies. The discount is only offered to clubs that are paying for their teachers to attend. There is no limit to the number from each club who can attend. All other bookings are at full price.

This replaces the previous pricing scheme which expired at the end of August 2016. Through EBED the EBU is investing in producing new educational material, with the aim of helping people to learn how to play bridge more quickly and easily and inspire them to join Clubs. This is an objective that EBU Members have indicated should be of the highest priority to safeguard the future of our game. To help EBED, and the EBU, finance this, the financial support to teacher training in Clubs is being rebalanced, and thus this change has been made.