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Word must be spreading. Last night we had 4T of minibridge and 6T of bridge players as well as those lurking in the background! Feedback is good so we are looking keeping the same format for now. It is very much driven by the participant families. The time seems popular as well. Next time we expect some Scottish youngsters. At the MB tables we were joined by children from Witney, a junior club that only started this month . This game is friendly and sociable- translated as meaning lots of chat . A real bonus. Give it a try next time. To register your interest (and receive the RealBridge link) contact Joan Bennett on 07548 782538 or

Last updated : 29th Jan 2024 17:28 GMT
Surrey Schools Cup 2nd February 2024

This event was held at Richard Challoners School, New Malden for the second year running in the afternoon. It was run in 3 bridge sections as well as a minibridge pairs event. The cup competition comprised 8 teams of 4 and was won by St Paul's red, the plate consisted of 7 teams and was won by Habs D whilst the crystal group consisted of 6 teams and was won by Cardinal Newman. The minibridge pairs was won by Kartik Dabke and Tessa. Full results can be seen on the Surrey CBA website.Thanks to June Middleton for organising it, Richard Banbury for TDing and scoring and the school for the facilities. 

Last updated : 7th Feb 2024 20:13 GMT
Hertfordshire Schools Cup 2023
Hertfordshire Schools Cup 2023

This event was revived on 23rd November by Stuart Haring of Habs Boys after a gap of 30 years. It was brilliant, attended by 80 juniors in 20 teams of 4 split into a cup and plate. The cup was won on the final board by Habs over Eton, and the plate was won by a Habs team with another in second place. This reflects the fantastic bridge club that Stuart is running at the school. TThe main thing to me as an onlooker was the constant hum of happy conversation and cooperation between opponents many of whom had never met a bridgemate or played in any competition before. Amazingly Stuart found the original cup and had it refurbished. There were large numbers present from the traditional bridge playing schools of Loughborough and Habs, but many new schools playing in their first competition - Merchant Taylors,  RGS High Wycombe, Cardinal Newman, Coldfall and Acland Burghey.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2024 09:42 GMT
2023 Autumn Junior Bridge Camp
2023 Autumn Junior Bridge Camp

The Autumn Junior Bridge Camp was held at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club on 21st/22nd October with 36 children from 8-17 attending. We ran four classes and held Swiss pairs and Speedball competitions on the Saturday and the Priday Cup on the Sunday. We played bridge until 11.30 on the Saturday evening, and even after 24 hours of solid bridge had 100%  participation on the Sunday afternoon. Thank you to Sussex CCBA for organising and underwriting the event, Kent and Surrey CBAs for sponsoring, TWBC for hosting the event free, and in particular the TD and teachers; William Clennell, Helen and Espen Erichsen, Bernie Hunt, Joan Bennett, Stephen Kennedy and Tony Cherrett.

Winners were as follows:

Priday Cup          Lucy Norman and Tom Furness

Saturday pairs    Nia Hencken and Tom Furness

Speedball          Cecilia Birdsall and Holden Clark

Novice winners were Shiloh Duncanson and Arabella Hedges, Emily Gonzalez-Baez and Tigerlily Thwaites. Arbiters awards given for good behaviour or good play went to Lottie Sutton(who came 2nd in the main competition on Saturday), Jennifer Button, Alex and Henry Rogers, Shiloh Duncanson and Mateo Noriega.

William Bourne

Last updated : 23rd Oct 2023 19:51 BST

Whilst many bridge clubs are struggling post Covid, the juniors managed to buck the trend this weekend and turned out in record numbers. Over 70 young players, aged 8-21 years, the highest number for more than 15 years, arrived in Northampton to enjoy a brilliantly organized weekend of tuition. competition, games and fun.

Congratulations go to Lucy Norman and Lottie Bedford, winners of the Ashok Kwatra Cup which was played on Saturday evening. Further congratulations go to Lucy, winner of the Grand Prix and to Max Blicharz winner of the U14 GP section, which is run over 6 events during the year. During the course of the weekend 15 juniors were awarded minibridge certificates, 8 received their Bronze award, 7 silver and 5 gold.

Huge thanks go to Joan and Mark, who organised the event, and to the tutors Bernie, Alan, Nicky, Ewa and numerous volunteer helpers.

Our traditional Quiz Master, Michael Byrne, could not be with us over the weekend but, having left Marrakech early on Sunday morning and flown via Bilbao to Gatwick, managed to arrive on time on Sunday afternoon, to deliver the legendary, end of course quiz,

Last updated : 23rd Oct 2023 19:53 BST
Lords Trophy 2023
Lords Trophy 2023

The Interschools online league (ISL) was won by Eton who then played a House of Lords team consisting of Tessa, Baroness Blackstone, Malcolm, Earl of Caithness, Archie, Lord Hamilton and Ruth, Lady Henig, the boys winning by 40 IMPs. At one board NS bid and made 2H, whilst an optimistic (but lucky) EW bid and made 5D. The Lords provided a tour, tea, and a 20 board match with the added excitement of having to leave the table to vote 3 times on the immigration bill during the afternoon! Season 3 of the ISL will start in September and new teams of 4 are very welcome. A division to suit everyone- your choice. email or call 07548 782538 for a chat

Last updated : 5th Sep 2023 08:12 BST
Would you like a free bridge club at your school?

Since we started in Berkshire the Bridge4schools team has taught bridge in over 45 schools in the local counties and has taught up to 600 children per week. Numbers reduced due to Covid, but are climbing again.

If you would like a bridge club at your school or would like to become one of our volunteer helpers, please phone your area contact (see Information).

Last updated : 6th Mar 2023 17:02 GMT
Oxfordshire Juniors at the 2023 Young Bridge Challenge

Many current and old members of the Oxford Junior Bridge Club competed at the Young Bridge Challenge, including all of the Magdalen College School team (who won the Schools Plate), the bridge teacher of the Abingdon School team, two of the Eton College team (who came 3rd in the Schools Cup) and an OJBC team who were the youngest players by some way!

Full Story.

Holly Kilpatrick, OJBC 6-Mar-2023

Last updated : 6th Mar 2023 19:16 GMT
2023 Young Bridge Challenge at Loughborough
2023 Young Bridge Challenge at Loughborough

The main competition for 18 teams of 4 players was held at Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday 4th March. The Schools Cup was won by Habs B team on extra boards after an initial tie.and the Schools Plate by Magdalen College School Oxford. The Harry Scully Trophy was won by a mixed team from Durham, Lincolnshire and Westminster.

In the less experienced competition there were 8 teams and the tied winners were a team from Brookfield PS and a team from New Tricks.

Well done to everyone - the first year back to face to face and the highest attendance for some years.  More information.

Last updated : 6th Mar 2023 19:47 GMT

The Lords Trophy is given to the top team in the league each year. 2021-22 was won by Eton, who played and beat a House of Lords team and were presented with the salver. This year the top four schools who will compete for the trophy (having done best in their matches this term) are St Paul's, Haberdashers', Loughborough and Eton.  The other schools will compete at a more comfortable level this coming term, many of them being youngsters who only started playing in 2022. There is a group for everyone. Complete your matches by Easter 2023, even if you have to pull in a substitute to avoid cancelling matches.

The matches are played on RealBridge which is a safe platform for juniors. The schools can arrange a convenient time for the matches to suit themselves, although many are played on Thursdays.. It is online, but you can see and chat to both your partners and opponents if you wish. If you would rather, you can turn your camera off, but still see the others, unless they have turned their cameras off as well. Do not worry if you do not know how this works. We will help you to get started, and if you are playing your first match against your friends, it will be even easier.

Division 1 plays 12-board matches, Division 2 plays 8-board matches and Division 3 plays 6-board matches.

Please sign up and give it a go. Contact Joan Bennett at or 07548 782538.

June 2022

Last updated : 3rd Feb 2023 19:59 GMT
2022 Autumn JBC at Bowles Rocks

Bowles Rock Bowles Rock (again)A great residential weekend which took place at Bowles Rocks near Tunbridge Wells on 23rd and 24th October.

Last updated : 23rd Jan 2023 10:43 GMT

Top left Year 5 girls teaching minibridge to year 3 children at Kidmore End Primary School.

Top right New Scotland Hill winners of school minibridge SIMS

Left- junior players enjoying the sun and cake after a competition at Wallingford.


The Bridge For Schools Team brings bridge to all schoolchildren in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Its volunteers provide their time freely to teach bridge and minibridge in schools. Follow the Bridge4Schools tab on the left hand side of the screen for more information.

For a headteacher’s view of our activities please look at Bridge in a Village Primary School which you will find under 'Bridge & Education'.

In addition to in-school clubs the Team runs a Junior Bridge Club in Oxford that is open to all 8 – 18 year olds wishing to play bridge or minibridge, or to receive tuition as well as a fun weekend in Cheltenham at Easter each year. Follow the links on the left hand side for further details.


Last updated : 4th Mar 2019 07:27 GMT
Youth Bridge Grand Prix #3
Youth Bridge Grand Prix #2
Herts Schools Salver
Director: Rob Sassoon
Scorer: Rob Sassoon
Herts Schools Cup
Director: Rob Sassoon
Scorer: Rob Sassoon
Priday Cup (Grand Prix #1)
Director: William Clennell
Scorer: William Clennell
JBC - Novice Pairs
Director: William Clennell
Scorer: William Clennell
Saturday Speedball
Director: William Clennell
Scorer: William Clennell
Saturday Swiss Pairs
Director: William Clennell
Scorer: William Clennell
Summer Junior Bridge Camp
Director: Mark
Scorer: Mark
25th February 2024
Oxford Junior Bridge Club
147 Banbury Road, Oxford 14:30
2nd March 2024
Schools Cup (Young Bridge Challenge)
3rd March 2024
Oxford Junior Bridge Club
147 Banbury Road, Oxford 14:30
10th March 2024
Oxford Junior Bridge Club
147 Banbury Road, Oxford 14:30
23rd March 2024
Spring Junior Bridge Camp weekend
Cheltenham Bridge Club 9.30a.m