EBED Teacher’s Conference 2019

This weekend saw the return of the EBED Teacher’s Conference, held this year in Milton Keynes.

Based on feedback received from the 2017 Teachers Convention, the theme for the event was Recruitment and Advertising where the weekend was full of talks, case studies, presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions.

The highlight of the weekend was the inaugural EBED Teacher of the Year Award which was given by EBED Chairman Andy Margetts to Chris Lohan (pictured), much deserved for her hard work and dedication. Video of the award presentation.

    Chris said “After a horrendous journey along the dreaded M25, I was greeted with such warmth and smiley faces from all – Lisa, Donna and Claire – that that memory quickly faded and I went on to enjoy a very pleasant few days indeed – not only pleasant but also extremely well organised and structured. I’m sure every teacher there gained a great deal from all the sessions. They were all so varied in content – ranging from the workshop introducing the Teacher Educators, offering much practical advice on a number of questions, to the exciting initiative at Stirling University researching the social world of bridge, and Tim Anderson’s description of his important development role – to name but a few.
    Of course for me, the fortunate recipient of the new Teaching Award, it was an especially happy occasion and I received many congratulations both on the day and now from my students who have received the news and are so delighted for me. However, I believe congratulations should also go to all the EBED staff who, in my view, are doing a fantastic job - clearly illustrated by the amount of thought and planning that had gone into this gathering of bridge teachers.
    I will look forward to the next one!”

The event was an overall success. There was a great turnout and lots of information shared and gained.

A few of the comments from other attendees of the event:

"fantastic, really helpful", "lots of good information", "inspirational speeches", "innovative workshops", "long overdue and much needed", “a very useful and enjoyable weekend”

EBED Teacher's Conference 2019

We're all looking forward to seeing lots of our teachers at our conference this weekend. We have a exciting and informative program, packed full of ways to make recruitment of new students to your bridge courses easier. Only 24 hours to go! #EBEDteachersconference2019 #EBEDweteachbridge #EBEDwelovebridge

2019 Interschools Bridge Tournament a Success!

On Friday 17th May, the 2019 Interschools Bridge Tournament took place and EBED is pleased to announce that the event was a great success with around 56 participating children, over 10% up from 2018. There was representation from 8 primary and secondary schools, including St James, Weald Community Primary, Sevenoaks Primary, Sevenoaks, Sackville, Skinners’ Kent Primary, Tonbridge Grammar School and Weald of Kent Grammar School.

Club Teacher Training Courses

Places are still available for courses this year. Don't delay, book TODAY by calling Lisa Miller 01296 317217.


Young Chelsea Bridge Club - Thursday 17th & Friday 18th October 2019
Aylesbury HQ - Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th November 2019

You can see more information about EBED's Club Teacher Training courses here.

New MiniBridge Record at Young Bridge Challenge

Saturday 16th March saw this year's Young Bridge Challenge, EBED's annual youth bridge one-day event.

Twenty teams competed in three rounds of Swiss Teams, after which the top four school teams were separated out to play Semi-Finals and Final for the Schools Cup.

Loughborough Grammar School, the hosts of the event, won the Schools Cup, beating Haberdasher's Aske's School for Boys' B Team in the Semi-Final, and St Paul's School's B Team in the Final. The other semi-finalists were Exeter Maths School, an excellent achievement in their debut appearance in the competition.

The remaining sixteen teams played two more rounds of Swiss Teams, won overall by Henry Rose, Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty and Jamie Fegarty, who took home the Harry Scully Trophy. Only 1 Victory Point behind them was the Haberdasher's A Team, who won the Schools Plate for the highest-placed School Team at the end of the Swiss Teams.

There was a record attendance of 34 players for the MiniBridge competition, which was won by a young pair from English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy in Oakham (pictured, with former EBED Education and Youth Officer David Emerson).

For more pictures, please see our facebook page. The results are available in full at