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May 2016

Youth bridge camps this summer

Unfortunately EBED will not be holding the Junior Teach-In this year, but there is still chance for juniors bridge players to attend residential bridge events this summer.

Sussex CBA is holding a summer camp at Ardingly College on 12-14 August, and Cheltenham BC is hosting an event on 3-4 September, with accommodation provided at Cheltenham Ladies College. These events are open to children of all bridge/minibridge abilities.

For more information:
Sussex: www.sccba.co.uk
Cheltenham: joanmbennett@hotmail.co.uk

EBED Sim Pairs raises over £11,000 for health project

The EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs has recently finished, with over 130 clubs and 2300 pairs taking part. The event has raised over £11,000 which will be specifically used to help fund EBED's work researching and promoting the health and social benefits of playing bridge. Thank you to all who took part.

Work on this project is already underway, with researchers at Stirling University preparing a survey which will gather information to look at the affect of playing bridge on the respondents perception of various topics.

This is just the first stage of a larger project that will take place over the coming months and years. If you would like to continue to support EBED’s work one way to do so is by entering the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs which will take place 5th to 9th September.

Results from the Sim Pairs can be found on the EBU website.

Hulme & Whitelegg and Anthony & McGear win in EBED Education Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to all the participants in the EBED Education Simultaneous Pairs, which took place throughout March, and particularly to the leading pairs in each section.

Shelagh Hulme and Dilys Whitelegg were the top scorers in the bridge competition, scoring 78.24% at Middlewich Bridge Club. Juliet Clark and Hugh Beadle, who played at 3 Counties Bridge Club (Loxwood), were second with 74.56%, and Indra Hill and Joyce Day, who also played at Middlewich, were third with 73.90%.

The top scorers in the minibridge competition were Matthew Anthony and Josh McGear who played at Yarn Prep School. They scored 72.28%, with Lydia Goodman and Jaime Lewis, who played at Kings Hawford School, second on 69.19%.

239 pairs took part in the event, which gave many of the participating bridge students their first experience of a nationwide simultaneous event. The event will be held again in spring 2017. More information will be available online later in 2016.

Nominations requested for junior teaching awards

The EBU invites nominations from any school, club or other organisation or individual for the Alec Salisbury and Tom Bradley Awards.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

Alec Salisbury was the EBU's Schools and Youth Officer for many years, being instrumental in the introduction of Minibridge

Typical achievements might include: Establishment of a school bridge club; developing the range of players within that club; participation in county/EBED youth events; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the school and community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Amy Huber of Carshalton High School for Girls)

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Tom Bradley was the former Treasurer of the EBU, who was a champion of attracting new players into the game of bridge.

Typical achievements might include: Major contribution to Junior Bridge Development; creating a sustained interest in bridge; Interaction with the adult bridge community; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Dave & Jill Armstrong of Sussex)

Please send nominations for either award to Richard Banbury - richard@ebedcio.org.uk - before 23rd May.