Monday, 19 May 2008

Teaching bridge in Botswana

The most popular sport in Botswana is football, closely followed by cricket and rugby. However additionally, and maybe surprisingly, many people in Botswana are also dedicated to the learning and playing of the card game bridge!

In October 2007, the Botswana Bridge Federation contacted the EBU’s Education Department manager, John Pain and asked him to visit Botswana and teach their bridge teachers and tournament directors. Such a unique opportunity was not to be missed and John started a full week of teaching on 19 May 2008 in Botswana.

View photos and videos here.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Alec Salisbury Award winner - Richard Croot

The English Bridge Union has awarded Richard Croot the Alec Salisbury Award in recognition of the outstanding service he has given to the development of bridge at his school: Hereford Cathedral School, over many years.

Richard Croot was initially taught rudimentary bridge by his father at the age of six, which was followed by lessons from his maths teacher at Fettes school. His passion for bridge continued whilst studying at the universities of Bristol and Durham and in the past few years Richard has represented the county of Herefordshire.

He has been teaching bridge at the school since 1995 and has seen a number of his pupils go on toEngland junior success. Richard has also entered his school teams into the Herefordshire county leaguesand the Hereford bridge club competitions.

At the moment Richard teaches bridge to his Year 7 classes and plans to set up an after school bridge club in the next academic year.

The award was presented by EBU Chairman, Peter Stocken in front of many of Richard’s bridge students. Please click here to view the photos from the day of bridge.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Law Book 2007

The Board of the English Bridge Union will provide one copy of the new law book free of charge to every affiliated EBU club who has paid their current affiliation fee and one free copy to each County. This has been made possible due to the generosity of the Portland Club which has waived its rights to a copyright royalty in this instance as they fully support the Union in their development of bridge in England.

We will make arrangements for bulk delivery to the counties who can make arrangements for onward delivery to their clubs.

Click here for our guide.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Ian Spoors

The EBU is sad to report that National Tournament Director, Ian Spoors, died this week after a brief illness.

View Ian's Obituary here.