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August 2016

Learn to play bridge this autumn

Did you see our advert in the Daily Telegraph today (Saturday)? There's never been a better time to learn to play bridge, with hundreds of lessons starting all round the country this autumn. We can provide the details of teachers in all parts of the country so if you or anyone you know is interested in starting to learn in the coming weeks then get in touch.

lessons@ebedcio.org.uk
01296 317208

Junior players have great weekend at Southern Counties Bridge Camp

Dozens of junior players enjoyed a great weekend of bridge at the Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp held in Ardingly from 12th - 14th August. The event, organised by Sussex CBA, included a wide range of competitions, lessons and other sporting and social activities for children of all ages and bridge playing ability.

Andy Ryder, Chairman of SCBA, has written this report on the event, which includes details and pictures of the winners. Further pictures of the event are available on their facebook page.

EBED is pleased to work with Sussex CBA in encouraging more young people to play bridge.

A similar youth event will be taking place in Cheltenham on 3rd & 4th September - see here for details.

Beginning Bridge Book One - The update is available now

"Its bigger, better, more relevant and it has finally arrived!" This is the verdict on the new edition of Beginning Bridge Book One, the Bridge for All national learning programme.

The old Beginning Bridge Book One, although still very popular with teachers and their students, was in need of a bit of a facelift. EBED Education Manager Sue Maxwell – herself a professional BfA teacher – and reigning European champion Sally Brock have worked hard to maintain the essence of the publication much loved by teachers and students, which was first published in 1997, whilst updating its tired format and ageing system file.

To order your copies of the new Beginning Bridge Book One do so in the normal way by contacting Lisa on 01296 317217.

Work is almost complete on a new edition of Continuing Bridge Book Two which will be available this Autumn. In addition, for all those teachers who teach very short courses a brand new publication is being written in time for the start of next year's lessons in Autumn 2017. Fast Forward Bridge is designed to attract students who want to join intensive five full-day learning programmes.

Local MP supports minibridge at Pinner BC

Bob Blackman MP attended Pinner Bridge Club on Monday 15th August to take part in the minibridge sessions which are being run for young players. The group is run by Trupti Shah of Middlesex CBA, and introduces youngsters to bridge through minibridge, a fun, simplified version of the game which teaches some of the aspects of card play and defence which are found in the 'full version' of bridge.

Mr Blackman is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, and is keen to support the introduction of bridge and minibridge into more schools. EBED is working with schools, and County Youth Officers, to establish bridge or minibridge classes wherever there is the demand. If you would like to set up such a group, then please contact us.

World Youth Teams Championships taking place in Italy

A great festival of youth bridge took place in Italy this month, as young bridge players travelled from all corners of the globe to play in the World Youth Teams Championships.

England were represented by two teams (pictured left) - Under 26s and Under 16s. The Under 16s included two players who were among the first to be involved in EBED's Junior Award Scheme - Liz Gahan and Megan Jones have both achieved the Gold Award.

You can find out about the teams, and their results, on the EBU website.

David Waxman to join Trustees

We are pleased to welcome David Waxman as our new Trustee.

His appointment will be made official at the next Trustee Meeting on 1st September. David worked in education for all of his career, and has been heavily involved in bridge administration at club and county level. A fuller biography is available here.