Surrey School of Bridge
Surrey School of Bridge
The Course Book for 2015/16 Is Out Now!

Our book Acol From Scratch is published by Amazon and costs £10.  Students can get their copies direct from me to save the shipping costs and delays.  The book is essential for all three courses and provides exercises and a quick reference to all the material you need.


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Children Now Learn For Free!

I taught my teenage son to play bridge, it's a great way to spend time and have fun together.  Children can now learn for free when accompanied by an adult.

Beginner's Courses Start In September - Book Now!

Eight lesson Beginner's Classes start at all venues in September.  The first lesson is a Free Taster.  See "Courses" for details.

Wednesday Intermediate Coaching Sessions

Where?  South Croydon Sports Club, the bridge room.

When? Wednesday evenings 7:30pm - 10:15 so there is time for a drink at the bar.

Starting? Wednesday the 13th of May 2015.  The last session is the 26th of August.

Coaching sessions for those who have taken a course with the school or have played a little club bridge and want to improve will take place over the summer.  Sessions are £10 pay on arrival.  All boards are pre-dealt so that all tables can play the same deal together before a full discussion.

Newcomers:  Your first lesson is free!

​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.

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.

There is also a course book covering all three courses called Acol From Scratch available direct from the school or from Amazon for £10 (currently awaiting second edition).

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.

Here are some more reasons to choose us.

To book or enquire email me at 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.  

Why Play Bridge?
  • Bridge is the best game ever invented, challenging every aspect of the human psyche: logic, judgement, imagination, intuition, short and long term memory and empathy and social skills.

  • It's the most popular card game in the world.

  • Bridge is a uniquely social game. When you play bridge you typically meet at least 16 opponents in one session. I can't think of any other game where this is normal and it a great way to make friends.

  • Bridge is a partnership game and it's quite normal to play with lots of different partners. It's a great way to get to know people better.

  • Bridge is exciting and fun.  In my typical night's play there is usually friendly conversation, laughter, elation, and a little bit of fear to keeping me on my toes.

  • Bridge is a challenge!  It has an amazing ability to surprise you and there is always something more you can learn.

  • There is no luck in duplicate bridge because you're compared to other pairs who have played the same cards.

  • Bridge can save your life! It's been shown that bridge players live longer than average and remain more active and mentally alert.

  • Anyone can play against world champion players. For instance Zia Mahmood the 2009 World Champion played in the year end congress in London last year in events that anyone could enter.

  • Age is no barrier to success at Bridge. Bob Hamman of the US won the world title in 2009 at the age of 71 and he continues to play in world class events. There are many other examples of older players at the very top level.

  • Bridge is a game of skill where practice matters. The more you put in the more you'll get out.

  • Bridge is fun to play even if you don't take it very seriously. There are many, many happy bridge players who play for a few hours a week.

  • Every hand is a new opportunity. Even when you're having a bad session you can still play well on the next hand.

  • Every fourth hand you are dummy giving you a break from the action.

  • Bridge can be very cheap. You can play on line for free with anyone around the world. In your local club it costs about £3 on a regular club night. Often this includes tea and biscuits!

  • Bridge is a great excuse to see Britain. There are bridge congresses scheduled most weekends throughout the year, all over the United Kingdom and they don't cost the earth.

  • Bridge is international; you can see the world and play bridge. There are bridge cruises and holidays in nearly every country.

The Bridge Teaching Room at South Croydon
The Bridge Teaching Room at South Croydon