Youth

Bridge is a fantastic sport for people of all ages - particularly young people. It offers a combination of competition, socialisation, mental exercise, and fun which cannot be matched by other activities.

The EBU works with the charity English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to organise and coordinate youth activities.

These include the Junior Teach-In, the Young Bridge Challenge, Under-21 & Under-26 Championships, and numerous other competitions and opportunities to learn, organised at a national, county, or club level. County Youth Officers coordinate junior activities in many counties.

Information and equipment for those wishing to teach bridge in schools, or to youth groups, is available from EBED. They also administer the Junior Award Scheme, which offers a series of graded attainment levels which the young player can achieve as they learn to play. Those completing a level in the Junior Award Scheme will receive membership of the EBU.

We are always seeking volunteers to assist in teaching and/or promoting bridge in their area. If you are able to help please contact Giles Ip at EBED or your local County Youth Officer.

Bridge is a great way to compete, socialise and maybe travel the world. Watch this video from the European Bridge League - you could have this much fun if you take up bridge:

News

News from the EBU is below. The World Bridge Federation also collates news for young bridge players from around the world on their WBF Youth Bridge Site and social media accounts:

Two Bronze Medals in the European Youth Team Championships

The 27th European Youth Team Championships, which started on Fri 5th July in Oslo, Norway, have now come to an end with our U16 (pictured) and U21 (picture) teams both placing third in their groups, to win bronze medals. The U26 and U26 Women's teams each came eighth in their respective groups, which just puts the U26 team among the qualifiers for the next world championships.

The four teams of six selected to represent England were:

Under 16:

Under 21:

Under 26:

Under 26 Women:

Michael Byrne has written a blog for the event, you can read it here.

The Under 16s team have also been keeping a video diary of the events, see their short videos on the EBU YouTube channel

Live coverage of events will be shown on Bridge Base Online

England finish 2nd/3rd/3rd in Channel Trophy

The three England teams finished in the middle of the pack at the 2018 Channel Trophy at the weekend in Lille, France. The U26 team did the best, finishing second, with the U26 Women and U21 teams finishing third, but comfortably ahead of fourth place. The event features four nations, with England facing strong competition from France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The home team swept all three series.

The England Teams were as follows:

Under 26s (Juniors):

Under 26 Women (Girls):

Under 21s (Youngsters):

谢谢 (thank you)

All the expenses are in and we have done our sums, and it seems that the money raised by the membership for the Junior teams to participate in the World Youth Team Championships in China, coincided almost exactly with what the project cost. There is a very small surplus in donations over costs and this will be used towards reinforcing the training of our Juniors going forward.

This was a huge achievement, and we would once again like to express our thanks to all those who contributed - clubs and counties, schools and companies, and of course all individual members who donated to help with this worthy cause. This will not be forgotten, and those players who went and experienced the atmosphere and the rigour of a World Championship will not forget that this opportunity was afforded them by the generosity of others.