Club teacher training

Bridge for All - A teaching programme devised for you

English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) offers a teacher training course to help individuals and clubs, affiliated or otherwise, attract new players into duplicate and social Bridge.

During the course, our experienced trainers will explain the methodology of EBED's Bridge for All national learning programme and explore various techniques for introducing new players to the joys - and complexities - of the game.

After completing the course, teachers will be well placed to support a successful club teaching programme offering opportunities to players of all standards. Players can then be integrated into the club as early as possible through a mix of teaching, supervised play and “no fear” duplicates. The responsibility for this falls to the whole club membership.

Joining a Course

We recommend that before you book 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 an EBTA Associate 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 £175. EBU affiliated clubs can qualify for a 20% discount for each delegate, providing the booking is made under the clubs EBU Membership and booked via your club Membership Secretary. A list of planned courses can be found at the bottom of this page.

To book a place on one of these courses, please log onto My EBU and select the Book Courses option from the Utilities tab or contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217. Payment is required at the time of booking.

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. Places are limited.

Free places for affiliated clubs - Some clubs affiliated to the EBU may be able to receive a 'free place' on these courses. They should book on the course as per the above instructions, and a club official should email the EBU's Club Liaison Officer - bev@ebu.co.uk - and advise her of the details of the club member who is attending the course, and confirm that the club has approved their attendance on its behalf. Applications for a free place should only be made if it will be used in the spirit for which it is intended – to help a member provide lessons to bring new players in to the club as part of a club-wide effort to grow the membership and help the club thrive. Upon the member's completion of the course, the cost will be refunded to the club via its EBU account. Each club may only apply for one free place every two years, and if receiving a free place (unless in exceptional circumstances) it must remain affiliated for the following two years.

The course

The course is a two day programme. Each day is divided in to small sessions, each dealing with a certain topic. The sessions involve interactive discussions and practical simulations, and are workshop style.

Available courses

2019 COURSE CATALOGUE - Club Teacher Training
Stretford BC (Greater Manchester) - Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February
Faversham BC (Kent) - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February
Wetherby BC (North Yorkshire) - Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March
Aylesbury EBU (Buckinghamshire) - Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March
Horsham BC (West Sussex) - Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April
Preston BC (Lancashire) - Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May
Spondon EMBC (Derbyshire) - Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May
Chalfont BC (Buckinghamshire) - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Solihull WMBC (West Midlands) - Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June
Watford Camelot HQ (Hertfordshire) - Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July
Welwyn Garden City BC (Hertfordshire) - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August
Young Chelsea BC (London) - Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October
Aylesbury EBU (Buckinghamshire) - Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November

Additional courses are in the process of being organised, and this list will be updated as more are added.

Updated: 7th January 2019