Fun, friendship and the many other reasons why people play bridge

Because it's challenging, a great way to meet people, and endlessly enjoyable - these are just some of the reasons why people play bridge.

As part of ongoing work research work being undertaken by English Bridge Education & Development, a survey was circulated in 2016 in which respondents were invited to answer the question 'why do you play bridge?'. Researchers at Stirling University, with whom EBED are collaborating, have finished analysing replies from over 6,000 players explaining why they keep returning to the table.

Prof. Sam Punch gives the following summary of what the answers revealed: "Bridge is a fascinating, competitive, engaging and exciting leisure activity that is an ever-changing puzzle. It impacts positively on player’s lives in many ways that transcends mental exercise, including friendship, socialising, travel and fun".

This blog from Sam and her colleague, Elizabeth Graham, gives further thoughts on the reasons people play, and the many benefits of playing bridge at any age.

The full report on the study is available here.

This work is just a part of the research with which EBED is involved. See its website for more information on other projects.

Gloucestershire CBA sims supports Junior fundraising

Gloucestershire CBA held a Sim Pairs event over four days last week to support the fundraising for the Junior teams competing in the World Youth Teams Championships in China.

Many thanks to all those who took part and contributed to a donation of around £480. The top scorers were:

  • Monday : Tony Letts & MIke Wignall (GCBA)
  • Tuesday : Liz McWalter & Bill Richmond (CBC morning)
  • Wednesday : Colin & Maggie Davison (Southam)
  • Thursday : Roger Eaton & Edward Phillips (Nomads)

A 'grand' night in the West Midlands

West Midlands BC last night hosted a fundraising event to support the junior teams participating in the World Youth Team Championships in China next month.

Two sessions took place - a duplicate pairs, and a special Swiss Pairs competition. Fittingly the Swiss Pairs was won by Graham and Andy Cope - Andy is a member of the U16 team heading east in just a few weeks' time. They are pictured receiving prizes from event coordinator and Warwickshire Chairman, Darren Evetts - don't worry, Andy won't be enjoying his prize before playing in China (and probably not for another four years). The winners of the duplicate pairs were Joan Burke & Sonia Yagi.

£1000 was raised through donations from members of Warwickshire CBA, West Midlands Bridge Club, and Coventry Bridge League. Many thanks to them all.

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