Online play bridges gap between young and old

Following an article in the Sunday Times this weekend about online bridge attracting more young players to the game, Chris Lohan (EBED Teacher of the Year, 2019) along with Gordon Rainsford (EBU Chief Executive) have been interviewed by BBC Radio Kent (at approx 3 hours 14 minutes) and BBC Radio West Midlands (at 1 hour and 10 minutes). As the County Education Officer Chris Lohan is at the forefront of bridge in Kent, she is a teacher with Professional status and an EBED Teacher Educator. You can contact her about lessons, via the Kent Contract Bridge Association website.

Read the full Sunday Times article: Online bridge clubs narrow the gap between young and old

So, how did the Sunday Times and the BBC come to run articles about the young and old coming together? It all started with Ellie, whose dad Chris Mower is an avid bridge player and EBTA Accredited Bridge Teacher.

During the first wave of lockdown back in March 2020, with Chris concerned for his students, Ellie helped her dad set up his classes online. The lessons took off, Chris now teaches over 200 students, with free places to those under 35. Chris' self-defined missions is "to get more youngsters playing Bridge!".

Having watched an episode of South Today, where the show asked for people to get in touch with stories of local business ingenuity through lockdown. Ellie thought her dad's story was the perfect piece for some lighter news and so emailed both the BBC and Sunday Times.

You can find out more about Chris' classes via the West Hants Bridge School.

If you would like to learn bridge, please use our online Teachers Directory to find classes near you.