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The Junior Teach-In is a great opportunity for youngsters to learn to play bridge, or for established junior players to develop their game further.

It will take place at Phasels Wood Scout Activity Centre, Hertfordshire from 31st August to 2nd September, and all standards of players are welcome. There are introductory lessons for those who are brand new to the game, as well as teaching from some of the top tutors in the country, including England squad leaders, for more experienced players.

There are fantastic competitions too, with the main prize being the Arnott Davidson Trophy and the weekend will also include a chance to enter EBED's Autumn Simultaneous Pairs and compare your play with adult bridge players across the country.

Above all it is a fun, social weekend, and is great value. Accommodation, all meals, activities at the centre and all the bridge fun is included in the price, with an Earlybird booking discount available for one more week! For more information and for how to book, please see the event webpage.

Kent Inter-Schools Bridge Competition a great success

EBED was pleased to support the recent second annual Kent Inter-Schools Bridge Competition. It was a great success with around 50 participating children, representing eight primary and secondary schools.

A full report, with a list of winners and more photos can be seen here (via the Kent CBA website).

Any schools in Kent wishing to be involved with bridge or minibridge should contact Anton Mauve.

EBED is keen to support the playing of bridge or minibridge in schools in any part of the country - please get in touch if we can help you get started.

First Ever Junior Award Scheme Diamond Level Presented

David presenting award to Megan

On Monday the 14th of May, David Emerson, EBED's Education & Youth Officer, presented Megan Jones with her certificate as the first ever recipient of the Junior Award Scheme's highest award, the Diamond Level. The certificate was presented in a special ceremony at Stratford-upon-Avon Bridge Club, where Megan plays and directs regularly.

The award requires knowledge of advanced bidding and cardplay techniques, as well as requirements for participating in an International Squad Training Camp and for etiquette and behaviour at the bridge table.

Megan is a member of the Under-21 England squad, and was a member of the Under-16 team that finished 8th in the World Junior Championships in 2016. Her achievements in the Junior Award Scheme will be further recognised at the EBU's Spring Bank Holiday Congress this coming weekend.

For more information on the Junior Award Scheme and how to become a part of it, click here.

More photos of the presentation are on EBED's facebook page.

EBED Spring Sim Pairs raises funds to support bridge development

The EBED Spring Sim Pairs took place earlier this month, and the results have been finalised.

The profits from the event all go to EBED, and helps to support our work in promoting and developing bridge in England. Many thanks to all those who took part.

The next EBED Sim Pairs will be held in September, and each of the five heats is open to all clubs in the UK.

Congratulations to the winners, who were:

Monday 30th April Steve Auchterlonie & Mark Benson Folkestone Duplicate Bridge Club
Tuesday 1st May Robert Miller & John Walshaw Kettering Bridge Club
Wednesday 2nd May Mike Rounds & Sue Dyball Worthing Bridge Club
Thursday 3rd May Les Hoy & Mike Tomlinson Poulton Bridge Club

The full results are available via the specific day above.

EBED supports bridge PhD; candidate wanted

EBED are excited to have partnered with University of Stirling, and British and Irish Bridge Unions, to provide funding for a 3 year PhD Studentship (fees plus living expenses) for the first ever PhD in the Sociology of Bridge - Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse.

A suitable PhD candidate is sought. They would ideally have a masters, or an excellent undergraduate degree, preferably within the social sciences or a related discipline. No knowledge of bridge is required.

Bridge is one of the world’s most widely played, stimulating and challenging card games that requires skill, concentration and practice. Understanding what drives individuals to take up bridge and what keeps people playing across the lifecourse is at the heart of this PhD studentship. Bridge provides a contemporary example to understand the role of a mind sport in developing social capital and well-being through community participation at different ages.

For more information please click here, or see here for full details and to apply.

Queries about the position should be sent to Prof. Samantha Punch - s.v.punch@stir.ac.uk

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