English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) is a newly formed charity registered with the Charity Commission.
The charity has two public benefit objectives: the furtherance of duplicate bridge as an activity which enriches the life of all, and, secondly, a specific aim to foster duplicate bridge among those in full-time education.
We believe that bridge brings with it important benefits in terms of fostering social interaction, as well as supporting the use of mathematical reasoning and the application of logic.
As signalled in its 2013-2018 strategic plan, the English Bridge Union, the governing body for duplicate bridge in England, transferred the majority of its education activities to the new charity. In addition, the EBU Youth and Education Trust and the 1991 Educational Trust for British Bridge have now been closed and their activities subsumed by EBED.
We welcome the support of everyone who wants to help secure the future of bridge and encourage more people to start playing. You can help us by sharing your knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm or by making a donation, to help make a difference to society around us.
Our existing initiatives include the putting in place of more and better teachers, providing those teachers with an enhanced range of materials to provide a smooth path from novice to player, as well as a range of youth activities.
We are also developing a number of initiatives which support our public benefit objectives, including:
- The development of an Accelerated Learning Program which will offer a “fast route” to getting novice recruits to a standard where they can play with confidence at a duplicate bridge club
- A cognitive research project, the results of which will further academic support and provide quantitative evidence for bridge’s ability to enhance the quality of life for participants
- An integrated approach towards bridge for those in full-time education, built around our recently-launched Junior Awards Scheme
Progress against our objectives is reported in our regular newsletters