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June 2015

Children want to play more games, survey says

Simon Barb of English Bridge Education and Development spoke on Wednesday to BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester about young people playing card games. This was in response to an article in the national media saying that young people and their families are playing fewer card and board games.

Simon talks about the work of the charity in introducing bridge to school children, and the benefits it offers, and the appetite which he believes exists amongst young people for such games.

The latter point is confirmed in the survey which reports that despite the fall in numbers playing, children actually showed a desire for playing such games, with 67% per cent saying they'd like to give them a try.

EBED and the EBU are working to provide opportunities for young people to play, including the Junior Teach-In (see below) which gives children of all ages and abilities the chance to learn bridge, or improve their game.

EBUTA Manager Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Taylor as our new Manager for EBUTA, the Bridge Teachers Association which is now part of the charity, English Bridge Education & Development.

Jonathan will be taking up this new role at the beginning of July 2015 and will be working to build and develop EBUTA in line with EBED’s aim of recruiting more people to the world of bridge.

Jonathan is a Bridge for All Club Teacher and gives classes at Twixt Moors Bridge. Jonathan joins us following a successful career in finance, music and consulting. He was until recently Development Director for Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

EBED Spring Sim Pairs

The EBED Spring Sim Pairs took place last month, with 119 clubs, and over 2,000 pairs, taking part.

This followed on from the success of the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs, and saw nearly a 20% increase in the number of pairs competing when compared with the same days in the autumn event. Preliminary figures suggest the event will have raised around £10,000 for the English Bridge Education and Development, and the money will go to supporting the charity's work in promoting and developing bridge.

Congratulations to the winners of each heat who all scored over 70% - a very impressive result:

Tuesday 5th May David Patterson & Paula Hopkinson, 71.05%, Aylesbury Aces Bridge Club Commentary
Wednesday 6th May Rudi Falla & Daniel McIntosh, 74.14%, CICBA (Guernsey) Bridge Club Commentary
Thursday 7th May Jill Clay & Pat Wilkinson, 72.00%, Malmesbury Bridge Club Commentary

The most well attended heat was at Castle Morpeth Bridge Club, which attracted 40 pairs.

The commentaries, which were provided by Brian Senior, Paul Bowyer and John Williams, have now been enhanced by two two new features - user-submitted comments and a double-dummy hand player on every board page - which we hope add the enjoyment of the event.

Each heat winner, and each host club, will be entered in the EBU's Sim Pairs prize draw, for the chance to win up to £1000.

Thank you every participating player and club for their support of the event.