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Club teacher training

A teaching programme especially devised for club development

To help membership recruitment in your club, English Bridge Education & Development is now running an important teacher training initiative to help all bridge clubs to ‘grow their own’ membership through an integrated teaching programme.

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club. This needs to be as part of programme to which the whole club is committed and which is designed to attract new members into bridge and then nurture their development within the world of duplicate play.

The key to a successful club teaching programme lies with evolving a whole year group from classroom to club room in no more than a year. Players should be integrated into the club as early as possible through a programme of teaching, supervised play, “no fear” duplicates and above all by providing an atmosphere of encouragement and welcome.

The success of your club development programme should not be measured based on how effectively the student member has learned Blackwood or transfers in response to 1NT. Performance should be evaluated by looking at how many of the year group eventually graduate to playing regularly at your club duplicate sessions. The responsibility of this falls to the whole club membership. The future of your club may depend on it.

Joining a Course

We recommend that before you request a place on the course you have a go at the quiz in this document. This will help reassure you that your bridge knowledge is appropriate to become to an EBTA Club Teacher.

Participants do not need to be members of the English Bridge Union. They should have played duplicate bridge at club level and have a good understanding of the game. It is unlikely that the course will be suitable for anyone with an NGS grading below a 7; but no previous experience of teaching is required.

The cost of this course is heavily subsidised, and is currently £115. A list of planned courses can be found at the bottom of this page.

To book a place on one of these courses, please contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217. Payment is required at the time of booking, though is refundable if you later find out you cannot attend. We are not able to log 'expressions of interest', or reserve places without payment - in such instances please book a place and then cancel nearer the time if necessary.

Courses upon Request

Courses are run around the country in response to enquiries. If you wish to attend a course but no course is scheduled within a reasonable distance from your home, please let us know via email to assist us in our forward planning.

In the event that your club (or county association) wishes to send several delegates on a course, it may be possible to make special arrangements or to set up a course to suit your specific requirements. The club/county should be willing to host such an event, and you are advised to talk in the first instance to your County Secretary to help identify other demand in your area. Enquiries for further information may be made via

Concessions for EBU Affiliated Clubs

For all bookings received from, invoiced to, and paid by, an EBU affiliated club, a 20% discount applies (this discount is funded by the EBU). The discount is only offered to clubs that are paying for their teachers to attend. There is no limit to the number from each club who can attend. All other bookings are at full price.

Through EBED the EBU is investing in producing new educational material, with the aim of helping people to learn how to play bridge more quickly and easily and inspire them to join Clubs. This is an objective that EBU Members have indicated should be of the highest priority to safeguard the future of our game. To help EBED, and the EBU, finance this, the financial support to teacher training in Clubs is being rebalanced, and thus this change has been made.

The course

The course is typically run over two days. Timings can vary from venue to venue - please contact Lisa Miller (01296 317217) for the timings at each venue.

The purpose of the course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at the registered club.

The day is divided in to small sessions, each dealing with a certain topic. They involve interactive discussions and practical simulations, so are more of a 'workshop' style than a 'lecture' format.

Each course member must prepare and deliver a 10-15 minute teaching presentation using the techniques learnt and the Bridge for All materials. So in a way that determines how long day 2 goes on. With 12 people it will take something over 3 hours to get through everyone.

This is not a 'pass or fail' style of course - attendance and completion of the course is recognised, and all delegates should simply take from the days as much as they can.

Course notes and handouts are made available on the day.

Available courses

Horsham, Thursday/Friday 12/13th April 2018
Wimbledon, Saturday/Sunday 12/13th May 2018
Aylesbury (EBU), Thursday 24th May and Friday 25th May 2018
South Bucks BC (Burnham), Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July 2018
Brierfield BC, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018
Faversham, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2018
Aylesbury (EBU), Tuesday 13th November and Wednesday 14th November 2018
South Bucks BC (Burnham), Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018

More dates will soon be scheduled. Please check back here for updates on these courses.

Updated: 14th March 2018