Standby Players

Please help the club by volunteering to be a standby player on Thursday or Friday evenings at least once a year.

You will be given a free game or a voucher for a free game if it turns out you are not needed.

Click below to visit the Sign Up website.

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General Information About the Academy

The Melville Bridge Academy is the teaching arm of The New Melville Bridge Club where all our lessons are taught. Within the club we have a dedicated teaching room which is equipped with a modern IT system and we are able to use both the large and small playing rooms as and when they are available. The club has a large social area where students may chat or discuss hands with their teachers and other students. 

The club is home to players of all abilities from beginner through grand-master to internationalist. It is not unusual for the majority of a Scotland squad to be members of the club. The common link is the desire to play and enjoy the game of bridge.

The Melville Bridge Academy offers a programme of lessons taught by Scottish Bridge Union (SBU) approved teachers and follows the SBU teaching curriculum using materials created by the SBU, so you can be sure you will be learning the most modern conventions. The standard of the lessons are from absolute beginner to advanced.

All of our classes, which are open to non-members of the club, take the form of some theory followed by some card play with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. There is a quiz sheet for each lesson which is reviewed at the start of the next lesson. As well as all of the materials handed out in the classes, students will be able to download additional materials from our website and ask questions of their tutors.

There are 10 lessons in each 12-week term, allowing 2 extra weeks for consolidation and revision. The lessons are supported by printed material and once students reach a suitable level, suitable tournaments are hosted in the club to allow them to put the theory into practice.