What is the EBU?

The English Bridge Union Limited (EBU) is a membership-funded organisation committed to promoting the game of duplicate bridge. It is also a National Bridge Organisation in its own right affiliated to the European Bridge League and the World Bridge Federation.

The EBU is made up of 39 constituent County Associations each with nominees holding shares. At its AGM in November, the shareholders elect a Board of eight directors and then, among their number, a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. They may then appoint a further two directors.

The 39 counties own shares in the company English Bridge Union Limited. The number of Shareholders they have is based on the number of EBU members within their respective Counties. The Shareholders currently meet twice a year to assist their elected Board in determining policy in the government of the game and general EBU matters.

Every year at the AGM, the Shareholders also elect an Honorary Treasurer and two committees. The committees, accountable to the EBU Board, are the Laws and Ethics Committee and International Selection.

In addition, there are sub committees of the Board such as the Editorial Board which supervises the development of the members magazine, English Bridge, and the Tournament Panel which assists with the organisation of competitions.

The national headquarters of the English Bridge Union are in Aylesbury where around 20 professional people support and advise the committees and help implement policy.

EBU Registered Office:
Broadfields, Bicester Road,
Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8AZ,
UK Company registered in England - Number 358588

The office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:00.

What are the aims of the EBU?

The stated objectives of the EBU include:

  • “To work to elevate and maintain the status, and procure the advancement, of the game of Bridge in England”.
  • “To promote, organise and manage, or provide for the promotion, organisation and management, of contests, competitions and congresses”.

The EBU provides

  • The infrastructure for the game, ensuring that fairness operates at every level, so you know you will be playing by the same laws and regulations in any affiliated club, local or national tournament.
  • Support, and provide services to, its constituent counties, and to affiliated clubs, to facilitate the provision of bridge at a club and county level.
  • Tournaments, congresses and competitions for players of all levels.
  • Tournament director training, both at a national level, and also at a club level in conjunction with the charity English Bridge Education and Development CIO (EBED)
  • Teacher training, via EBED, to encourage more people to learn, improve and take part in the game.
  • Development of education programmes for schoolchildren, students and adults (via EBED).
  • Selection, support, training and practice for all our international teams, which range from Under-16s to Seniors.
  • The National Grading System (NGS) - a method of providing a current grading for all of our members. This has proved very popular with our members.
  • A Master Point scheme, providing ranks for lifetime achievement in bridge.
  • An archive of historical bridge magazines going back to the early days of bridge in England. The official magazines of the EBU are available online at www.ebu.co.uk/englishbridge.
  • A library at our office in Aylesbury available for members to browse during normal office hours.

The EBU is at the forefront of publicising and promoting bridge nationally

  • It provides press releases to all the national media.
  • It works with local, regional and national magazines and newspapers, websites, and radio and television stations, to try to ensure appropriate media coverage of bridge events.
  • It publishes a bi-monthly magazine delivered to all eligible members and this is also available online to eligible members for download to tablets etc.
  • It maintains a presence on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

The EBU is currently

  • Developing an awareness of the social benefits of bridge at national government level through its work with the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Social Benefits of Bridge.
  • Co-operating with other agencies in the scientific investigation, and publicising, of the health benefits of playing bridge: increased mental fitness, reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, enhanced immune system, benefits associated with a healthy social life, etc. (work being done in conjunction with EBED).

Membership benefits

The EBU offers additional benefits to individual members, and to affiliated clubs. See our website for more information: