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World champion Zia with Joan & Alison
World champion Zia with Joan & Alison

One for the album!

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Top left Year 5 girls teaching minibridge to year 3 children at Kidmore End Primary School.

Top right New Scotland Hill winners of school minibridge SIMS

Left- junior players enjoying the sun and cake after a competition at Wallingford.

 

The Bridge For Schools Team brings bridge to all schoolchildren in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Its volunteers provide their time freely to teach bridge and minibridge in schools. Follow the Bridge4Schools tab on the left hand side of the screen for more information.

For a headteacher’s view of our activities please look at Bridge in a Village Primary School which you will find under 'Bridge & Education'.

In addition to in-school clubs the Team runs a Junior Bridge Club in Oxford that is open to all 8 – 18 year olds wishing to play bridge or minibridge, or to receive tuition as well as a fun weekend in Cheltenham at Easter each year. Follow the links on the left hand side for further details.

 

Last updated : 15th Oct 2018 15:23 BST
Would you like a free bridge club at your school?
Would you like a free bridge club at your school?

Since we started in Berkshire the Bridge4schools team has taught bridge in over 45 schools in Berks, Bucks and Oxon, and typically teaches to around 600 children in our busiest terms.

If you would like to learn to play bridge at your school, or would like to become one of our volunteer helpers, please phone your area contact .

S & W Oxfordshire Alison Nicolson 01235 851403.

S Oxon(W Berks) Joan Bennett 01491 579795.

Central Oxfordshire Holly Kilpatrick 07753 672001.

Bucks (E Berks) Tony Aston 01753 885166 

For email addresses see 'Organisers' under 'Information' tab

Last updated : 1st Oct 2016 11:30 BST
2019 junior camps
2019 junior camps

The Wessex weekend in Cheltenham will be held on 6th/7th April 2019. A bridge day on 2nd January 2019 is planned at the CHantry House in Henley.Put these dates in your 2019 diary, if you have one and ask for the details. The picture here shows the group at Cheltenham Bridge club in April 2018.

The junior event at Ardingly in Sussex on 7th/8th July 2018 was a great success, being fully booked for boarders well in advance. The event at the Portland Club on June 17th attracted 10 tables of bridge players, mainly from the London area. It was a fantastic venue to visit, rejoicing in the address of '36, Pall Mall', and was run by Simon Stocken on behalf of the Davenport Trust. Let's increase the number of Berks, Bucks and Oxon children attending it next year.

The JTI at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire ran a great bridge programme at the beginning of September, but also allowed the children to choose two very physical activities from Zip-wire, GoKarting, Abseiling, human table football(a vicious game!) and others

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:44 BST
European Youth Championships July 2018
European Youth Championships July 2018

A fantastic performance by English juniors in general and local ones in particular. Pictures are Tommy Brass (left) from Berkshire with his Bronze medal in the U26 event, and on the RHS are Henry Rose (left) from Oxford who won a Bronze in the U16 partnering Oscar Selby from London. Details of the results can be seen on the EBU website. Oscar and Henry are also members of the England U16 team who have reached the final of the Online teams event. Good luck in the finals to all the team.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2018 15:25 BST
New school year 2018-2019
New school year 2018-2019

This has been an exciting week starting the new year. We have held taster sessions at Badgemore and Trinity Primary Schools in Henley, as well as at Nettlebed, Crowmarsh,Sonning Common and Marcham, so all their bridge clubs are up and running with a keen group of year 5s and 6s. There are many more schools starting again in the next few weeks, but there are so far approximately 150 Oxfordshire children playing, which suggests that the total will rise to 300 or so. Apart from the weekly sessions in schools, there are at least three training days and competitions planned in January, February and March, by which time they will be experts! It is a delight to see the bridge clubs as part of the school culture in those where it has been established for up to nine years, since both the children and the volunteer helpers all enjoy themselves. There are also more children being welcomed into the local bridge clubs, reducing the average age of the players, as they improve and seriously increasing the biscuit consumption.

Last updated : 22nd Sep 2018 13:54 BST
Schools Challenge March 2018
Schools Challenge March 2018

24 teams of four from all over the country competed in this event, and local representation was provided by 3 teams from Oxfordshire and 2 from Reading in Berkshire. The Reading A team qualified from the pool into the knock out, but were unfortunate to come fourth. The local success came from the Reading B team consisting of Euan Sarson, David Fryer, Will Clennell and Matthew Wadsworth who won the schools plate. This meant coming second from the remaining 20 teams, only being beaten by a mixed, but experienced team of international players. The three teams from Oxfordshire, mainly based around its junior bridge club, came respectable 6th, 10th and 11th in the plate, so can feel pleased with themselves, as many will be at school for some time yet.

Last updated : 1st Apr 2018 22:36 BST
Wessex weekend April 2018
  • Bronze awards
  • Gold awards
  • Prizegiving
  • Silver winners
  • Thomas Jacob Aidan Roland

It was a great weekend for all, but once again, Oxfordshire children did us proud.The Sunday competition was won by Oxford's Jacob and Thomas Potter (NS), with the EW winners being Aidan(Oxford) and Roland(Sussex). Many children gained awards under EBEDs scheme, and once again, the Oxfordshire contribution was 1 Bronze (Sam), 3 silver(Finn, Cameron and Zoe), 3 gold (Thomas, Jacob and Aidan).

The food and accommodation provided by Cheltenham Ladies College was superb, as were both the food and facilities at the bridge club.Many of the children were coming for the third time- itself a recommendation. Their behaviour was exemplary- we have been invited back for 2019.

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:52 BST
Visit to House of Lords July 2017
Visit to House of Lords July 2017

On Wednesday 19th July, a group of 16 juniors, (15 boys and 1 girl!) from schools in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, visited the House of Lords for a friendly bridge match. Divided into small groups, the children were given fascinating tours of the historic building, after which the bridge match began in the beautiful River Room, overlooking the Thames.  The Lords were outnumbered by the juniors and tables were made up by visiting teachers,  so the winners, from Reading School, were the pair with the most plusses on their scorecard! The children were all given a lovely memento of the afternoon.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a very generous tea in the River Canteen and at the end of the afternoon some of us were lucky enough to be shown the secret underground route to Westminster Tube Station.

The sixteen pupils, who took part, attend the following schools: Abingdon School Oxon, Dr Challoners Bucks, Epsom College, Highdown Oxon, Reading School, Berks, the Dragon School, Oxford, Summer Fields School Oxford, Magdalen College Oxford and the Oxford Junior Bridge Club.

Many thanks to the Lords for their time and generosity.

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2017 10:43 BST
Youth World championships in China

England had qualified for the final in all four age groups which was fantastic. Oxfordshire provided 3 members of the squads with Laura Covill and Eva Wieczorek playing in the U26 girls team, and Henry Rose in the U16 team. Sadly, all our teams were knocked out in the round robin stage.

Last updated : 22nd Sep 2018 13:50 BST
Reading School vs St Paul's
  • Club/Reading School Anthony Euan
  • Reading School David Ed
  • Reading School Dom Will
  • Reading School Jack Nathan

On 17th January a team of 8 Reading schoolboys travelled to London with their teacher, Judy Honikberg, to play against St Paul's School. Many of the the Reading Boys have been playing, when school work permits(!), at Reading Bridge Club, where they have halved the average age some nights. The match was played over 20 hands as 2 teams of four. All the boys played magnificently, but in particular on one hand, one Reading pair bid and made 7 No Trumps, whilst the other Reading pair bid to 7 Hearts which failed on a 5-0 split. Neither St Paul's pair bid a slam, probably due to vigorous interference bidding by the Reading boys. The final result was 86 IMPs to Reading with no negative scores, which was a stunning result. 

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:50 BST
Oxford JBC Competition

The third competition was held at Oxford BC(OBC) on the afternoon of 19th November when twenty two children aged 8-14 years descended upon the balloon decorated premises generating laughter and goodwill. 

The bridge club and adult helpers were warmly thanked. Prizes were awarded in the three categories of minibridge, novice bidders and experienced bidders and were presented by Pat Lewis the Chairman of  OBC.

1. Minibridge 1st. Oscar Ngong from Summerfields (+ adult), joint 2nd Harry Ellis and Amelia Beecroft from Kidmore End, and Sam Soonawalla(Dragon) and his partner Oliver Christiansen from Millbrook School Grove.

2. Novice bridge players 1st Dimi Fitzherbert from Summerfields(+adult)

3. Bridge players 1st Thomas and Jacob Potter(Dragon School), 2nd Aidan Saunders(Summerfields) and Zane Soonawalla(MCS)

The participating children came from 9 schools Abingdon, Didcot girls, The Dragon, Harrow, Kidmore End Primary, Marcham Primary, Magdalen College, Millbrook nr Wantage and Summerfields 

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:51 BST
WESSEX YOUTH CAMP 2016

This was a new venture held at Cheltenham in 2016. Over 100 children came of whom over 25% were from Oxfordshire. Berkshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Devon, London, Sussex, Cardiff and Worcestershire were also represented.The tutors all freely gave their time and included the coaches of all the England junior squads (U15, U20 and U25), the food was excellent, and the only downside was the weather which curtailed the usual outdoor activities.

 

 

Last updated : 22nd Apr 2017 11:02 BST
Wallingford BP event 24th September 2017

This event mustered 20 tables with 8 juniors competing- a record. Jack and Nathan won 2nd prize whilst David and Ed won the non-expert prize- both cash prizes and very welcome to teenagers! All eight of them won at least one match and were universally praised by the adults for their superb table manners.

 

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:53 BST
Junior Teach in at Loughborough 2017
Junior Teach in at Loughborough 2017

This was held at Loughborough University and was attended by children from much of the country. The facilities and food are amazing as you would expect from a venue used to feeding Olympic athletes. The excitement for us was that the main event, earning them the Arnott Davidson Trophy was won by Jack and Nathan from Reading School. It is very much a family event with one couple bringing four children and another three as well as many grandparents. The same atmosphere is found at the Chletenham weekend in the Spring.

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2017 10:46 BST
5th annual junior competition
5th annual junior competition
  • This was held at Roke on yet another sunny Sunday in February and was attended by 28 children from nine schools. There were 5 tables playing minibridge and 3 tables of bridge players.
  • The results were. Bridge 1st Max Potter and Freddie Beneat, 2nd Thomas and Jacob Potter
  •                           Minibridge, 1st Sam Soonawalla + adult, 2nd Charlie Lutyens-Humfrey and Alex Byrne, 3rd Amelia Beecroft and Harry Ellis.
  • As usual, the food was excellent, all home cooked and provided by volunteers, and the children were able to play outside in the(chilly) sunshine during their break. For most of the minibridge children, it was the first time that they had played 10 hands at a time, and they rose to the occasion magnificently. The bridge players, despite being very young, are an experienced lot and thought nothing of their 15 hands.
Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 19:49 BST
Loughborough - 4th March 2017
Loughborough - 4th March 2017

The Dragon team of Will Wauchope, Thomas Potter, Freddie Yu and Richmond Yeung came 3rd in the Schools Cup beating the usual prestigious schools, the Perse, Haberdashers Aske, Manchester Grammar, Loughborough Grammar, RGS Malvern and managed to trounce Eton College in the playoff for 3rd place! See below for a hand from this match reported by Andrew Robson in The Times. They succumbed only to the winners,Westminster and the runners up, St. Paul's!

20 teams entered this year and our Junior Bridge Team of Zane Soonawalla, Jacob Potter, George and Elizabeth Cooper came 8th in the Harry Scully Trophy, a cup for teams from different schools.
Henry Rose's Under 16 second team came 2nd in the Harry Scully Trophy, narrowly beaten by the Under 16 first team.
A GREAT DAY FOR OXFORDSHIRE BRIDGE!

For more pictures refer to our blog - see left hand column.

Below is the hand from The Times:

 


 

Last updated : 25th Jul 2017 18:50 BST
Wessex weekend April 2017
Wessex weekend April 2017

Fifty children, 10 family and 10 tutors enjoyed a fabulous weekend in April at Cheltenham Ladies College and Bridge Club.Volunteer tutors included the Welsh and U20 squad coaches- lucky children. Activities included late night speedball for teenagers, rounders frisbee etc.for all, and amazing food and accommodation supplied by Cheltenham Ladies College.

Last updated : 25th Jul 2017 19:03 BST
Oxford Junior Bridge Club Pairs at The Oxford Congress

Three Oxford Junior Bridge Club pairs took part in the June Oxford Congress: Jacob and Max Potter, Zane Soonawalla and Aidan Saunders and Freddie Beneat and Freddie Wivell.

In the Swiss pairs on Saturday Zane & Aidan won three of their eight matches.

In the Swiss Teams on Sunday the OJBC team of Zane, Aidan, Thomas Potter and Freddie Yu won the best non expert team prize.

 

Last updated : 25th Jul 2017 18:47 BST
Junior Teams Championship Nov 2016

An England Under 16 team finished seventh in the Czech Republic Junior Teams Championship at the end of November.

 

The team of Oscar Selby & Henry Rose, Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope, with NPC: Mike Bell, competed against eleven other junior sides - including some U26 teams and many with more international experience.

 

 

 

They struggled in their opening qualifying matches, finishing fifth of the six teams in their group. They bounced back well, however, finishing second in the next group phase to move on to the 5th-8th playoff. They lost their 'semi-final' but an emphatic victory in their final match saw them claim 7th place and improve on their good performance in the 2015 competition.

Henry Rose (on the right of the picture) started bridge at the Dragon School when he was 8 years old and has been attending the Oxford Junior Bridge Club regularly since it started in 2014; in fact, he was their first pupil.

Last updated : 22nd Apr 2017 12:20 BST
OJBC Winter Competition November 2016

OXFORD JUNIOR BRIDGE CLUB

COMPETITION

20th November 2016

 

The second Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition was held at the Oxford Bridge Club on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November when twenty-five children, aged 9 – 15 years, descended upon the balloon decorated premises, generating laughter and good will. The juniors came from a variety of schools around the city and county and from as far afield as Sonning Common, Reading and the Midlands!

Congratulations to our scorer, Diane Coe and TDs, Mike Fletcher and Peter Sherry, who managed to keep boards and children moving, in spite of the speed differentials and the cross table chatting! and thanks to David Bygott for all the competition photos.

This year we merged the experienced bidders with the novices and awarded prizes in both sections. 

The mini-bridge players (left) might have been low in numbers but were high in enthusiasm and played eight boards from a recent simultaneous pairs competition. Two young entrants have only been learning for four weeks!

 

At 4.15 p.m. we called a halt and everyone descended upon the tea table, groaning with goodies, mostly donated by parents, many of whom joined us for tea, while Diane feverishly attempted to get a result.

When presenting the prizes, organiser, Holly Kilpatrick warmly thanked the Chairman and Trustees of the Oxford Bridge Club, who had kindly given their premises free of charge. In the mini-bridge section, first prize went to Carl Shelley, whom, although playing with an adult, had played all the hands and chosen the contracts.  In the novice bidders section our winners were Jennifer Ellis and Jacob Hathaway from Sonning Common.

In the “experienced” bidders section first prize went to Richmond Yeung and Inigo Sanchez-Asiain from the Dragon School.   Some of the results were extremely close and congratulations to all the children who took part. Full results are listed below:

 

 

EXPERIENCED BIDDERS

1st Richmond Yeung and Inigo Sanchez Asiain

2nd Megan Jones and Henry Rose

 

NOVICE BIDDERS

1st Jennifer Ellis and Jacob Hathaway

2nd Jacob Potter and Freddie Beneat

 

MINI-BRIDGE

1ST        Carl Shelley

2nd       Freya Cook and Louisa Alvey

3rd        Harry Litchfield and Zach Matthews

4th        Merlin Kavanna and Hanmer Hanbury

 

Last updated : 22nd Apr 2017 12:23 BST
BP Swiss pairs at Wallingford on 18th September 2016

There were some very good county players at the annual event on Sunday, and our junior members played really well against them, all of them winning at least one of their 'minimatches' as well as enjoying the substantial tea. The pairs finished as follows:- 3rd Jamie Muller/JB, 25th George Anstis/John Mewes, 28th Nathan Galpin/Jack Lawrence, 37th Dominic Cooke/ Edmund Lea. This is the 3rd year running in which the junior participation has increased, and Jamie Muller at 16, is the highest placed ever junior. 

Last updated : 3rd Oct 2016 13:11 BST
England Under 15 team

Henry Rose has every right to be beaming! He has just heard the news that he has been selected to play for the Under 15 England team in the Youth Bridge World Championships to be held in Italy in August. Henry started bridge at the Dragon School when he was 8 years old and has been attending the Oxford Junior Bridge Club regularly since it started in 2014; in fact, he was their first pupil.

 

Hers is Henry and the two teams from Salsomaggiore.