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EBED welcomes new Trustees

We are pleased to welcome two new Trustees, who will be joining the charity from the 1st August.

Andy Margetts is former Chairman of Woking Bridge Club, and now plays at Ascot and South Bucks bridge clubs. He spent his working career as a corporate financier in the City.

Dom Wilson is an active bridge teacher, an EBU trained Tournament Director and associated with many bridge clubs in the Shropshire area. He is ex-professor of Strategic Management and Dean of the Business School at Wolverhampton University.

Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp Beats the Heat!

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The hottest days of the year didn’t stop 63 juniors aged 7 to 21 from playing bridge almost non-stop at the Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp at Ardingly College on 7th and 8th July. The Chapel made an impressive venue for the competitions - have we found a new use for redundant church buildings?

Highlights included a 3 way tie for first place in the Priday Cup, won by Oscar Selby and Andy Cope from Jamie and Liam Fegarty on the result of the boards played against each other, and the master-class on high level competitive bidding by Espen and Helen Erichsen. Dominic Cooke and William Clennell won the NS Saturday evening pairs, and Henry Rose and Jasmine Bakhshi the EW. The Ratnesan family made a clean sweep of the novice competitions, with Radha winning on Saturday together with Eliska Whitney, and Rajeiv and Ranesh on Sunday.

Three juniors were awarded their EBED Junior Award Scheme MiniBridge Level, six their Bronze Level, one Gold and four Platinum.

Four brave girls opted to play rounders in 30 degrees of heat, but most juniors and adults opted either to use the swimming pool or (after a rapid programme alteration) to watch the World Cup football. We wish the England U-16 team, who used the event as their final training, the best of luck at their World Cup in August, and for the final of the World Online Championships!

To experience some of the same kind of fun we had at Ardingly, come to EBED's Junior Teach-In, from the 31st August to the 2nd September at Phasels Wood Activity Centre in Hertfordshire.

100 juniors play in Stamford inter-schools event

Exactly 100 excited young people have taken part in Stamford Youth Bridge Academy’s 2nd inter-schools event.

10 schools competed in three categories of competition, and prizes were presented by Gordon Rainsford of the EBU to:

Seniors - joint winners - Bourne Academy and Catmose College.
Juniors - winners - Oundle Primary; 2nd - Baston CE; and 3rd - Oakdale.
Starter bridge - winners - Westfield; runners-up Morton

Nick Boles MP (Grantham and Stamford) was also a guest at the event, and presented awards to the participating schools:

Pre-school - The Children's Garden Day Nursery and Montessori Pre-School, Stamford
Juniors - Baston, Copthill, English Martyrs, Morton, Nettleham, Oakdale, Oundle and Westfield
Seniors - Bourne Academy and Catmose College

The event was also attended by Alan Shillitoe, an England Junior Coach, and two current junior internationals, Kripa Panchagnula and Johno Clarke.

The event was oversubscribed - testament to the great work which Stamford Youth Bridge Academy is doing to promote bridge in the area. As well as the work it does with schools, it will soon be starting a Youth Bridge Club on Sundays (3 to 5 p.m.) beginning on 23rd September.

Photos from the event are available here, via Stamford BC.

Join us for the Junior Teach-In

The Junior Teach-In is a great opportunity for youngsters to learn to play bridge, or for established junior players to develop their game further.

It will take place at Phasels Wood Scout Activity Centre, Hertfordshire from 31st August to 2nd September, and all standards of players are welcome. There are introductory lessons for those who are brand new to the game, as well as teaching from some of the top tutors in the country, including England squad leaders, for more experienced players.

There are fantastic competitions too, with the main prize being the Arnott Davidson Trophy and the weekend will also include a chance to enter EBED's Autumn Simultaneous Pairs and compare your play with adult bridge players across the country.

Above all it is a fun, social weekend, and is great value. Accommodation, all meals, activities at the centre and all the bridge fun is included in the price! For more information and for how to book, please see the event webpage.

Kent Inter-Schools Bridge Competition a great success

EBED was pleased to support the recent second annual Kent Inter-Schools Bridge Competition. It was a great success with around 50 participating children, representing eight primary and secondary schools.

A full report, with a list of winners and more photos can be seen here (via the Kent CBA website).

Any schools in Kent wishing to be involved with bridge or minibridge should contact Anton Mauve.

EBED is keen to support the playing of bridge or minibridge in schools in any part of the country - please get in touch if we can help you get started.

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