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Young Bridge Challenge Entries Open

Entries for the Young Bridge Challenge is open.

The Young Bridge Challenge is a historic annual schools cup competition hosted by EBED. It is a one-day bridge event for school-aged players of all experience levels. The day will consist of numerous competitions including:

♠ Qualifying rounds for all teams (Swiss)
♥ The top 4 teams (who must be from a single school) then play Semi-Finals leading to the Final for the Schools Cup
♦ Swiss Teams - The Remaining teams play for the Schools Plate (for teams from a single school) and the Harry Scully Trophy (for mixed school teams)
♣ Minibridge/Pairs duplicate for accompanying novices and adults.

More information including the online entry form can be found on https://www.ebedcio.org.uk/ybc. It is completely FREE to enter, and entries of single players or pairs are also welcomed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Giles Ip via giles@ebedcio.org.uk. You can also phone 01296 317228.

Richmond Junior Bridge Club Opens!

We are pleased to announce that Richmond Junior Bridge Club will run on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month! They opened on 15th September with 19 juniors who will be enjoying the game under the supervision of kids supremo Julia Davies and her team of fantastic volunteers. Please do tell friends and family about this new initiative. Please contact Richmond Bridge Club if you would like to attend any sessions but of course, you can just turn up if you would like to.

Contributions to bridge Recognised in 2019

Congratulations to Rowena White and Giorgio Provenza, the winners of the two educational awards from 2019.

ROWENA WHITE was awarded the Alec Salisbury Award
The Alec Salisbury award is assigned each year in recognition of a school teacher who has made a significant contribution to Youth Bridge. The Fulford School (York) Bridge Club was set up by Rowena in 2011. The past eight years have seen her persistent promotion lead to an increase in the popularity of school bridge. With over 100 pupils playing, the club boasts serious players but has also been open to pupils of lesser ability and those with autism and other disorders. Rowena has been a massive advocate of the EBED Junior Award Scheme since its inception and in Summer 2019 had six students gaining a bronze award. There are very few state secondary schools with bridge clubs and Rowena’s outstanding contribution, hitherto unrecognised, is certainly well deserving of the award.

GIORGIO PROVENZA was awarded the Tom Bradley Award
The Tom Bradley Award is assigned each year to a non-school teacher for services to education which make a significant contribution to the success of Youth Bridge. As the U16 squad leader, Giorgio has been patient, positive and has contributed a lot of his own time to help others progress and prosper. He acts professionally and also listens to people. He understands the strengths and weaknesses of the players and puts strategies in place to improve their game. Giorgio has brought on players from absolute beginners to representing the England U16 junior team. Perhaps his best achievement thus far is seeing a former student of his win a silver medal in a Junior World Championship. He also contributes to running teaching courses around south-west London.

Bridge for Youth - York Initiative

York Bridge Clubs’s first Taster Starter Bridge session at Lord Deramore's Primary School, Heslington, York. They had 3 one-hour wonderful, rewarding and fun sessions with 95 very enthusiastic eight, nine and ten year olds. Was very much enjoyed by all. Thank you to Mr Richards for inviting the club and its equally enthusiastic buddies into their school. Well done!

EBED Trustee Vacancy – Trustee Lead on Fundraising

EBED are currently recruiting for a new trustee to join the Board during 2020. The successful applicant will take the lead on fundraising on behalf of the charity.

Trustee meetings are held four times a year and trustees may be asked to attend additional meetings on an ad hoc basis.

EBED would expect candidates to have the following attributes: