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November 2017

Uppingham School and Bourne Academy visit House of Lords

Update: BBC East Midlands Today has reported on the trip, and also visited the young bridge players, and their mentors who introduced them to the game. It was shown on 4/12/17 and is no longer available through BBC iPlayer.

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Pupils from Uppingham School and Bourne Academy, who have been learning as part of Stamford Youth Bridge Academy (SYBA), visited the House of Lords yesterday to play with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge. Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, and lunch, the young players participated in games of bridge and minibridge, impressing the Peers with some of their card play, and delighting them with the enthusiasm they all had for the game.

Many thanks to Baroness Henig and the members of the APPG for hosting yesterday's visit.

SYBA is the educational arm of Stamford Bridge Club which was set up to encourage more young people from schools and other organisations to play bridge.

The visit was organised jointly by the English Bridge Union and EBED. We are working to introduce bridge to a wider youth audience and enable more bridge to be played in schools, and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in starting a bridge group for young players - please contact us on info@ebedcio.org.uk.

Become a bridge teacher and help the game grow

We are running two courses in the coming months which will get you started in teaching bridge and help membership of your club to thrive. Our two day Club Teacher Training Course provides training for club members who can then go on to provide a teaching programme at their club.

  • EBU Headquarters in Aylesbury - 31st January/1st February


Both courses are open to everyone - to book a place on one of these courses, please contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.

Please see here for more information.

EBED Minibridge Sim Pairs underway

The EBED Minibridge Simultaneous Pairs is currently taking place, and is open to all bridge groups.

One club which has hosted a heat is Ruffian's Bridge Club, the Youth Bridge Club in Tunbridge Wells. The club, which is open during school term times on most Sundays from 10:30 to 12 noon, attracts pairs from most of local school’s bridge clubs. In their heat, players from five schools took part, with Krishna Dhanani and Hannah Milton finishing top in the heat. They also had some youngsters play bridge using the same hands, with the 'colourful' sibling combinations of Sam and Jack Brown and Amelia and Antoinina Mauve tying for top place.

The national results from the Minibridge Sim Pairs are available via the EBU website (as the time of writing the Ruffian's results are yet to be processed).

For more information on participating in this, or a similar event starting in February, please contact richard@ebedcio.org.uk.