2019 Interschools Bridge Tournament a Success!

On Friday 17th May, the 2019 Interschools Bridge Tournament took place and EBED is pleased to announce that the event was a great success with around 56 participating children, over 10% up from 2018. There was representation from 8 primary and secondary schools, including St James, Weald Community Primary, Sevenoaks Primary, Sevenoaks, Sackville, Skinners’ Kent Primary, Tonbridge Grammar School and Weald of Kent Grammar School.

Farewell to David Emerson

David, who joined EBED last year as Youth Officer, left EBED on Friday 17th May. We would like to thank him for his contribution during his short time in the role and wish him all the best in the future. Our new EBED Youth Officer will be Giles Ip, who joined us a few weeks ago, please join us in welcoming Giles to the team. There are some very exciting projects that are in store at EBED and he will be directly involved in expanding youth bridge activity in the United Kingdom.

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Bognor Regis Bridge Club - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019
Halifax Bridge Club - Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2019
Young Chelsea Bridge Club - Thursday 17th & Friday 18th October 2019
Aylesbury HQ - Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th November 2019

New MiniBridge Record at Young Bridge Challenge

Saturday 16th March saw this year's Young Bridge Challenge, EBED's annual youth bridge one-day event.

Twenty teams competed in three rounds of Swiss Teams, after which the top four school teams were separated out to play Semi-Finals and Final for the Schools Cup.

Loughborough Grammar School, the hosts of the event, won the Schools Cup, beating Haberdasher's Aske's School for Boys' B Team in the Semi-Final, and St Paul's School's B Team in the Final. The other semi-finalists were Exeter Maths School, an excellent achievement in their debut appearance in the competition.

The remaining sixteen teams played two more rounds of Swiss Teams, won overall by Henry Rose, Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty and Jamie Fegarty, who took home the Harry Scully Trophy. Only 1 Victory Point behind them was the Haberdasher's A Team, who won the Schools Plate for the highest-placed School Team at the end of the Swiss Teams.

There was a record attendance of 34 players for the MiniBridge competition, which was won by a young pair from English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy in Oakham (pictured, with EBED Youth Officer David Emerson).

For more pictures, please see our facebook page. The results are available in full at

A Goodbye to our Chairman of the Board

We wish to announce the retirement of Andrew Petrie from Chairman of the Board of English Bridge Education and Development CIO. Andrew has held the position since shortly after the charity’s inception and his leaving marks the end of an era for EBED.
We are indebted to his vision for propelling EBED to our present position, and his commitment and passion for bridge has assured our success for the future of the charity.
We celebrated with Andrew by holding a small farewell reception at The Oak, Goldhawk Road, London. Those attending included Andrew’s wife Veronica, EBED Trustees and members of the team from Aylesbury. All of whom extended their good wishes to Andrew in his new endeavours.
To mark the occasion, EBED CEO, Donna Wright presented Andrew with a gift from EBED colleagues and EBU staff.