Youth Calendar

Full calendar of events

Portland Bowl

The Portland Bowl is the inter-university knock-out competition which runs through the academic year. The semi-final and final are hosted by the Portland Club in London each April. It is open to all British higher-learning institutions, and in the early rounds matches may be played online to help more remote universities take part. Entries for 2021/22 will need to be submitted by end October 2021. The 2021 winners were Oxford A. Please contact to enter. We are always pleased to hear from university clubs and to provide help with materials and teaching. If you would like to get a club going at your university or feel that you might benefit from the support of your local bridge association, please contact

Young Bridge Challenge - including the School's Cup

Organised by English Bridge Education and Development, this is a one-day bridge event for school-age players of all experience levels. It is free to enter and consisting numerous competitions including the Schools Cup. More information is available on the EBED website. The 2021 Schools Cup was won by Eton College. The 2022 Young Bridge Challenge will take place on 5th March at Loughborough Grammar School.

Under-21 Championship Pairs

The Under-21 Championship Pairs was previously held as part of the London Easter Congress. This event was last held in 2018, and won by Liam Fegarty & Jamie Fegarty. Until 2015 this was the Under-19 Championships - this was changed to bring it in line with the international age categories.

Under-26 Championship Pairs

The Under-26 Pairs was last held 2019. Congratulations to the winners, Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula. See here for the full results.

Junior Teach In

The Junior Teach-In is a residential bridge event, including tuition, competitions, and other sporting and social activities. It is run by English Bridge Education and Development. See its website for details.

Inter schools league

This new event in its first year (2021-22), has an initial entry of 20 teams of 4 split into 2 divisions - 2 teams in D1 and 3 teams in D2. It is sponsored by the House of  Lords and the winning school team will receive the Lords Trophy. Division 3 will join after Xmas, primarily consisting of players who started playing bridge in September 2021. It is being held on RealBridge. Prizes for all levels.

Grand Prix pairs event

This event is in its first year (2021-22), and consists of 6 events for youngsters under 21 by the date of the JTI in August. It is being held on a mixture of Real Bridge and Face to Face. The first event will be F2F at Bowles Rocks on 24th October, and the second on RealBridge on 29th December at 7.00.p.m. The other F2F events will be at Cheltenham on 10th April and at the JTI in August. To qualify, children have to enter 3 events. There will be prizes for all levels, so maximum participation is the goal. Clearly those that enter more events, either as individuals or pairs have a greater chance of winning as they can discard their less satisfactory results.

Regional junior event

A number of events for juniors take place during the year, organised by groups at a local or regional level. Please see the calendar on the EBED website for more details on upcoming competitions