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Nominations accepted for 2018 Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by EBED and the EBU.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting youth bridge.

More information on the awards and the process for making a nomination is available here.

Over 50 youngsters play in Warwickshire's Junior Challenge

On Friday, 16th March, Warwickshire CBA welcomed over 50 Year 5 & 6 pupils from two local schools to West Midlands Bridge Club to take part in their annual Junior Challenge.

At the end of the afternoon 15 participants were awarded certificates for completing the Minibridge part of EBED's Junior Award Scheme.

They also participated in the minibridge section of EBED's Students and Schools National Simultaneous Pairs which is taking place this spring. The hands can be played up until 31st March, so there is still chance for groups to take part.

The event was supported by EBED, WCBA, West Midlands Bridge Club, and thanks goes to the schools and staff for giving WCBA the opportunity to introduce the pupils to the wonders of the game of bridge.

Haberdashers’ regains Schools Cup

The Young Bridge Challenge, organised by EBED, took place in Loughborough on Saturday 10th March with young players from schools from around the country taking part in bridge and minibridge competitions.

24 teams contested the bridge competition which started with a Swiss Teams, after which the top teams representing a single school went on to a knockout phase to contest the Schools Cup.

This was won by Senthur Shanmugarasa, Ben Lewis, Jack Ronayne, Kavinthan Vickneswaran from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School. This was HABS' eighth win in the last nine years, and Jack is the first person to win the competition on four occasions. They beat the defending champions, Liam Sanderson, Theo Gillis, Oscar Selby & Carlos Lapuerta of Westminster School (picture), in the final. HABS B beat Reading in the third place playoff.

The remaining teams continued the Swiss Teams competition. The top finishers were the team of Elizabeth Gahan, Imogen La Chapelle, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope (picture) and they won the Harry Scully Trophy. The Schools Plate - for the highest finishing team from one school - went to William Clennell, Matthew Wadsworth, David Fryer, Euan Sarson of Reading (picture), after they finished in second place.

Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

Surrey Schools Cup a great success

The annual Surrey Schools Cup took place on Friday with great success. The entry was up 60% on last year, and the venue was buzzing with enthusiastic young bridge players. It was organised by Surrey CBA, and EBED was pleased to help with running the event and supporting their work.

The winners of the Cup were Westminster School; the Salver was won by Hampton School; the minibridge competition was won by Weydon School.

For a full report, from Surrey's Youth Rep, Tim Warren, plus more pictures, click here.

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

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