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Workshops for Experienced Players

Workshops on offer for players of more than 2 years experience are listed under "for Experienced Players".  They are scheduled at the Mansfield Mechanics as and when demand occurs so if you are interested, do let Gillian know.  If you are a club and would like Gillian to come to you to run these then do get in touch.



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Beginner Course Overview 2018/19: Tuesdays 7.15pm-9.45pm
Beginner Course Overview 2018/19: Tuesdays 7.15pm-9.45pm

Number of students: 8-16      Course Length: 20 weeks    

18th September 2018 - 12th February 2019

Price: £160 per person

The first session gives an introduction to the many aspects of bridge.

Course Description: A fun, active approach to learning bridge in a social setting with lots of practise sessions and the opportunity to make new friends.

Learning activities include: formal instruction, group work, quizzes, practise play, discussion, practical demonstration, practical tasks, puzzles and competitions, DVDs and computer-based tutorials.

Homework: About 30 - 60 minutes each week reviewing the last lesson and completing quizzes and practical exercises. You are encouraged to play once a week in addition to the classes.

Monday evenings at the Club 7pm-10pm (£2.50 non-members, £2 for members) and/or Thursday mornings 10am – 12.30pm for £1.50 are your practise sessions – you will be able to attend these from January 2019 please come whenever you can!

Course aims: To provide you with a solid foundation of the standard English Acol playing techniques and bidding system in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

What does the fee cover? : Attendance on all 20 sessions.  There are no reductions for missed sessions.  The fee includes the course workbooks and all handouts.  It includes student membership of the English Bridge Union.  Attending the course gives you access to 6 weeks free use of the "No Fear Bridge" website and 25% off the annual fee should you decide to continue using the website.  Attendance on the course also provides the opportunity to continue attending on Tuesday nights during February and March, free of charge, to revise and practise.

Fully Qualified Teacher - Gillian Rand
Fully Qualified Teacher - Gillian Rand

Gillian is an EBTA professional-level teacher.  This is EBTA's highest category of teachers', so you can be sure you are in good hands.

"The English Bridge Union has looked after bridge in England since 1936.  It has developed a system by which competent bridge teachers follow a nationally accredited course.  You can feel confident that you will be well taught, and that what you learn will enable you to turn up at a new bridge club and be on the same wavelength as a partner you have never met before."

Really Easy Bidding 3rd Edition 2006

Current students say:

"Gillian is a very talented teacher with endless patience."

"The handouts are excellent - better than any bridge book I have read."

"Really enjoyed it - much better than I thought."

"The teaching is excellent and Gillian creates a very friendly atmosphere and makes learning a pleasure.  She is good at explaining and no one is made to feel stupid even when one makes elementary mistakes."

Teacher Categories Explained

Associate - any paid up member of EBTA can be in this category.

Full - The first category requiring a formal assessment, which includes an observation of the teacher "in action", as well as a test of bridge knowledge and other requirements.  Candidates must have attended an EBED Club Teacher Training Course.

Professional - EBTA's highest category of teachers, for which candidates must have five years' teaching experience, at least two years of which must be through bridge teaching specifically.  Skills are assessed through a six-month Personal Development Log, showing ongoing commitment to teaching excellence, as well as further tests and an interview.


On Monday nights the club on Stuart Avenue hold an "improvers" competition evening.  If you've been playing for about a year and would like to raise your game to the next level this is the evening for you.  The competition starts promptly at 7pm and ends about 10pm.  Come on your own or with a partner.  You'll play around 24 boards and afterwards the hands and bidding and results are available for you to view at   There is a small charge of £2.50 and tea/coffee and biscuits are available halfway through the evening.