Rugby Village Bridge Club, despite being geographically in Warwickshire, is affiliated for bridge purposes to Northamptonshire.
This means that a new EBU member's primary county affiliation is set up to be the same as the club’s, Northamptonshire.
Primary Allegiance is only relevant when a player wishes to play in one of the following:
- The Inter-County League
- The County Pairs Championship (ie the event which serves as qualification to the EBU Corwen)
- The County Teams Championship (ie the event which serves as qualification to the EBU Pachabo)
- The Tollemache
A player may switch his or her County of Primary Allegiance once during the season providing they have not played in any of the above during the current season.
Counties often run competitions for players to qualify for entry into EBU country based competitions listed above. Some counties restrict entry to such competitions to players who have the county as their primary county of allegiance. Others will let anyone play in qualifying competitions, but only players with the appropriate county of allegiance can qualify to represent the county in an EBU competition.
Occasionally county level players have a primary county of allegiance, but also have other associate county allegiance(s) to enable them to play in certain, usually senior, competitions.
Counties sometimes publish ranked lists of county affiliated players or recognise top performances.
Your personal county of allegiance doesn’t affect your playing at any event in our club, nor at other clubs in the area, nor your playing for us in most external competitions where you might or might not be representing the club.
It would become an issue to consider if you found yourself wanting to compete at the county or national level. If you did, you might want to consider that Warwickshire is a county of around two thousand players with three very strong and large, clubs, and many players at county, national, and indeed international level. Northamptonshire has more like five hundred players. Many of these are very strong, but there is perhaps more hope of making an impact in Northamptonshire than in Warwickshire.
The cost of your primary county of allegience, along with the cost of your EBU membership is met by the club through levies on each player at each EBU registered session.
Any player may become an Associate Member of as many Counties as they wish. In order to play in most County events a player must be at least an Associate Member of that County. Counties may charge an annual fee which they collect directly.
If you should wish to change your country of allegiance to Warwickshire, you would e-mail the EBU and ask them to change it. It would make no difference to your playing at or for Rugby Village Bridge Club, and is entirely up to you. We have members with affiliation to Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and even Somerset!