In this year’s chairman’s message, I said “I would be looking to encourage clubs to get more youngsters into lessons feeding into their club sessions”.
Well it gives me great pleasure to announce that my application for lottery funding for £10,000 has been accepted, so we will be steaming ahead in the New Year.
We have set up a small sub-committee consisting of myself, Dick Wheeler and Gerry Stanford and have spoken to, or will be speaking very soon to, the top nine clubs in Sussex (Avenue, Bognor, Chichester, Eastbourne, Horsham, Patcham, St Leonards, West Sussex and Worthing). Hopefully, this will be the first tranche of this initiative.
The plan will be to advertise widely across the county and to offer open days in clubs in December with a view to attracting recruits to lessons starting in January. We also plan to write to schools in the vicinity of clubs with a view to setting up partnerships between schools and their local bridge clubs to offer free tuition to youngsters across the County.
This is where I ask for your help. I’m sure many of you have children, grandchildren and family friends who could benefit from this free tuition and urge you to get them interested.
Finally, many thanks to Richard Newton at the Avenue Bridge Club who has donated the proceeds of this year’s Charity Evening to this cause. Thanks also, to the Sussex Internationals, Sandra Landy, Gunnar Halberg, Geoffry Wolfarth and Christine Jepson who gave up their evening to help raise money for this cause.