We want you to have fun playing bridge so our sessions are relaxed, friendly and we focus on playing cards. All lessons feature hands duplicated using a dealing machine so that we can all play the same hands together. We then review each hand using a large screen monitor. Our lessons last 2 hours 15 minutes so there is plenty of time for a drink afterwards. A bar and cafe are open at all venues before and after lessons.
Our day time lessons are designed for parents and grandparents running in school hours and term time only and giving plenty of time for the school run. Our evening sessions start at 7:30 so there is plenty of time for working professionals to reach each class and time for a drink at the bar afterwards. There is ample free parking at all venues.
Under 18s are free but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent (please book both parent and child).
Full time students can attend in the day time for free space permitting (please book) and in the evenings for half price.
Our Beginner's Course assumes no knowledge of cards. The 8 lessons covers the rules and enough bridge to play at home with friends. The first lesson is a free taster. The course costs £80 with start times throughout September 2015. The beginner's course is also available on two Sunday sessions for those who can't attend regular classes.
Our Intermediate Course assumes you've played some bridge or taken our Beginner's Course. You'll need curiosity, commitment and your own email address. The 12 lessons course covers the commoner aspects of duplicate bridge and costs £120. Courses start throughout November 2015.
Our Club Bridge Course assumes you've played some club bridge or taken our Intermediate Course. The 12 lesson course take you up to a good club standard and costs £120. Courses start at the end of February or beginning of March.
From January 2016 there will be regular Practice Play for those on the Intermediate Course. This will be on Wednesdays at the Crusader Hall in Wallington. Full details will be emailed to all students shortly. There will also be regular Sunday school championship sessions around once a month.
From June 2016 there will be regular Tuesday evening Bridge Coaching for those who have completed the Club Bridge Course or played duplicate bridge in a club. Hands will be played as a group and then reviewed together. Each session will last two and a half hours including free tea, coffee and parking. The evening will take the form of a tournement where players will be allocated a different table after each board with a new partner and opponents.
There is also a course book covering all three courses called Acol From Scratch available direct from the school or from Amazon for £10 + delivery.
Once you've enroled you can attend any of our classes. This means that if you need to miss a week you can take two lessons either the week before or the week after and keep up with the course. When you've completed the foundation course you can take part in practice play sessions that ease you into club bridge.
You don't need a partner for lessons or practice play.
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To book or enquire email me at firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, phone number, the lesson you would like attend and whether you've played bridge. All students must have their own email address.
Nigel Jones, Principal, MA (Cantab)
Nigel Jones is an EBU Accredited Teacher and Premier Master who was taught bridge at King's College Cambridge back in 1988. He became coach of the college bridge team and played regularly for Cambridge University. After leaving with a first in Chemistry he played at Cambridge Bridge Club and qualified for the National Swiss Teams final two years running. After a few years out of the game due to family commitments, he's become a regular at bridge clubs in the Purley area and founded Surrey School of Bridge after a career in finance.