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June 2022 Zoom Meeting Recording

This month topics were: ScoreBridge support (again), Training Enough Scorers, Sit Outs (Robots, Managing Players, Do robots get MasterPoints?), Numbers Playing, SmartBridge, EBU/EBED/Teachers.

https://youtu.be/cz1sBGPMisE

July 2022 Zoom Meeting Invite
Time: Jun 22, 2022 09:00 AM London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81581704138?pwd=UOfGhAWsinVrZxmcvCeMdP7yGNOMwY.1

Meeting ID: 815 8170 4138 Passcode: 738384

 

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Club Statistics
 
 
  Face to Face Club Statistics
Face to Face Sessions On Offer 924
Clubs Offering Face to Face 482
Last updated : 26th Jun 2022 15:35 BST
  Club Statistics Update mid-late June 2022
In mid-late June levels of activity on club web sites remained steady. Adjustments to session calendars continue with a small trend from online to face to face.

 

I am starting to pick up information about references to teaching on club web sites. There's not enough data to publish yet, but it is already clear that most club home pages make no reference to learning the game. Perhaps all clubs could consider putting contact information for a local teacher?

Starting to add a few new clubs into the sample and to check on clubs with no web site activity for some time.

An additional graphic is added to show the proportions within the sample, making trends clearer.

Last updated : 26th Jun 2022 15:36 BST
  What are clubs offering? (By actual numbers)

The web sites of a continually climbing number of bridge club and other bridge related sites are monitored for updates once a week.

Information is gathered from them and collated.

 

Hybrid Events means the club is offering Face to Face AND Online and some in the form of Hybrid Events.
Hybrid Club means the club is offering some Face to Face and some Online Sessions.
Face to Face means the club is only offering Face to Face Sessions.
Online means the club is only offering Online Sessions.
School means the offer is principally lessons and practice.
Dormant means the club web site is there, but the club is not offering sessions dedicated to its members.
Defunct? means the club web site appears to have been closed down.

 

What are clubs offering? (By actual numbers)
Last updated : 26th Jun 2022 15:40 BST
  What are clubs offering? (Proportion of sample)
What are clubs offering? (Proportion of sample)
Last updated : 26th Jun 2022 15:40 BST
  Weekly club web site update rate
Weekly club web site update rate
Last updated : 7th Mar 2022 07:56 GMT
  Latest Full Club Collated Data
Total in Database 667  
Of which EBU Affiliated  359 54%
Of EBU Top 50 (2019) 50 7%
     
More than 100,000 website visits in last year 78 12%
20,000 -  100,000 website visits in last year 159 24%
Less than 20,000 website visits in last year 382 57%
No count of visits available 49 7%
     
Own Premises 86 13%
Shared Community 568 85%
Other 13 2%
EBU Busiest Ladder 2019/20 50 7%
     
Club Offer = Hybrid Event 11 2%
Club Offer = Hybrid Club 137 21%
Club Offer = Face to Face 331 50%
Club Offer = Online 66 10%
Club Offer = School 8 1%
Club Offer = Dormant 88 13%
Club Offer = Defunct? 26 4%
Total Classified 667
Face to Face Sessions On Offer 924  
Clubs Offering Face to Face 482 72%
Offering at least one online 219 33%
     
Clubs Offering BBO Competitions 118 18%
Clubs Offering RealBridge Competitions 114 17%
Clubs Offering Bridge Club Live  Comps   0%
Total Online Club Sessions Weekly 481  
Club Bridge Base Online Sessions 236  
Club RealBridge Online Sessions  192  
Club Bridge Club Live Online Sessions 38  
Club StepBridge Live Online Sessions 2  
Club Online Sessions Other Platform 13  
Highly Active (>100,000 visits annually) 78 12%
Average Online Sessions weekly 206.25 2.64
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 261 1.27
Face to Face Sessions Under Discussion 0 0%
%Weeks Web Site Updated 42%  
EBU Affiliated 71 91%
Medium Active (20,000-100,000) 159 24%
Average Online Sessions weekly 141 0.89
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 256 1.61
Face to Face Sessions Under Discussion 0 0%
%Weeks Web Site Updated 21%  
EBU Affiliated 112 70%
Low Active (<20,000) 382 57%
Online Sessions weekly 73.5 0.19
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 338.5 0.89
Face to Face Under Discussion 114 30%
%Weeks Web Site Updated 11%  
EBU Affiliated 152 40%
Club Governance    
Unincorporated Asociation 263 39%
Limited Companies 17 3%
Proprietors 27 4%
CIO 7 1%
Non Limited Business 1 0%
Section of Multi Activity Club 23 3%
U3A 10 1%
Informal Association (No constitution published) 194 29%
Status Not Recorded Yet 118 18%
Club Web Site Host    
BridgeWebs  633 95%
Pianola 10 1%
Community 4 1%
U3A 2 0%
BridgeCloud 2 0%
Clubs4UK 1 0%
Last updated : 26th Jun 2022 15:42 BST
  Club Snippets

A selection of news from club web sites and other reports

Older Material has been moved to another page: : Archived Club Snippets

 

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2022 11:45 GMT
  Club Snippets June 2022

Dip Your Toe In

Table Numbers

 

Yesterday was another enjoyable evening of face-to-face bridge.  The only negative was that table numbers were the lowest since we restarted (three and a half tables).  Apparently holidays in France, Spain and Switzerland are more attractive than an evening in Taverham!

If your partner is unable to play over the next few weeks please let us know and we will try and pair people up.

Claygate Bridge Club

  Why the Club needs more players
Why the Club needs more players

Bookham Afternoon Bridge Club

We can take card payments again !
We can take card payments again !

 

The company that provides the card payment readers had said that playing a card game was a form of "gambling", and they would not allow us to use their system to collect payments.  They have now reversed that decision.  Payments can now be made by card, preferably contactless, but a PIN can be entered if you prefer.  It is so much easier to take card payments rather than collect and bank cash.

Thank you Neil for your perseverance in explaining our activities to the company. 

Cramlington Bridge Club

AT OUR AGM IT WAS DECIDED NOT TO INTRODUCE A HYBRID GAME BUT TO TRY TO GET MORE MEMBERS BACK PLAYING FACE TO FACE. THE CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY ARE CONTACTING MEMBERS TO LEARN OF THEIR INTENTIONS. IT WAS ALSO DECIDED TO INCREASE THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP TO £10 IN LINE WITH THE OTHER LOCAL BRIDGE CLUBS. 

ON FRIDAY 10 JUNE IT WAS GREAT TO SEE MORE MEMBERS RETURNING TO FACE TO FACE PLAY. 

Beccles Bridge Club

14th JUNE CANCELLED DUE TO LOW NUMBERS.
COMPETITIONS 2022

In view of the low table numbers the two teams competitions have been postponed until table numbers recover.

East Kent Bridge Club

Table Money Increase

Table money for play at the Club will be increased to £3 per player from 18th March.  This is the first increase for many years, and is required owing to an increase in the rental for the Village Hall and other sundry costs.

Lutterworth Bridge Club

Dear Member we, the Committee, are very sorry to announce the permanent closure of Lutterworth  Bridge Club with immediate effect.  Covid has seen our membership drop by approximately 50% and since our reopening in March 2022, although initially the interest was encouraging, attendance gradually fell away and we have been struggling to get more than 3 tables per session, which means the club has been running at a loss.  Nobody wanted this outcome but unfortunately it was inevitable.

When all outstanding bills have been settled and the equipment sold we will notify everyone of the remaining funds which will either be distributed between the membership or donated to charity, whichever the membership decides.  We are really sorry that it has come to this.

Regards the LBC Committee
 

Huddersfield Bridge Club

The Platinum Jubilee Party on Monday June 6th was extremely well attended with 52 people progressing from mushy peas to some mushy card playing, especially those who had a large glass of wine.

Since then, there has been a few comments about how the committee could put on such an event for only £5 a head.

The answer to that question is quite simple…… we couldn’t and didn’t!The event was subsidised with the costs per head being more than half again on top of the price of the ticket.

We are happy to do this, to encourage members to attend the club and indeed numbers this week are up on average for this year, so it sounds like a “win-win” to me!

However, while we did not make any money on this event we will continue to put on other events and are willing to listen to suggestion from members and if you can suggest an event that makes money we will definitely listen.

Our next event is going to be slightly less ambitious, as we are inviting other local clubs to join us for a chat, a beverage and a game of bridge on Friday July 15th.

Poster and sign-up sheet for this evening will appear very shortly.

Lymington Bridge Club

Brief Bridge Encounters Coming Soon on June 22nd

The Yellow Door's answer to bridge speed dating!

All playing standards welcome with no partner needed.

You will play one board with a partner and then move on to the next.

Bubbles and cake provided. Normal bridge charge - just have fun! 

 SORRY - now full and there is a waiting list. 

Another one planned for September

Merseyside Bridge Centre

Latest News

GOOD NEWS

1. With effect from 23.05.22 until 31.12.22 no table money will be required for all F2F sessions, and free tea and coffee will be available.

2.  Annual subscription reduced to £12:00 p.a. with effect from 23.05.22. Please adjust your standing order accordingly.

3.  New start time for Monday evening session.   From Monday 6th June, please be seated by 6.50pm and ready to play at 7.00pm.

Fakenham Bridge Club

We are meeting again!

Thursday afternoon bridge sessions are running and the numbers are slowly beginning to swell.

Dip Your Toe In Bridge Club

Table Numbers

Yesterday was another enjoyable evening of face-to-face bridge.  The only negative was that table numbers were the lowest since we restarted (three and a half tables).  Apparently holidays in France, Spain and Switzerland are more attractive than an evening in Taverham!

If your partner is unable to play over the next few weeks please let us know and we will try and pair people up.

Wantage Bridge Club

Future events

The club committee met earlier this week (Monday May 9) and decided to suspend face-to-face sessions immediately. Following requests from several members, we will be starting online sessions using RealBridge in three weeks time.

After an encouraging re-entry to face to face at the Comrades Club in late March, numbers dwindled to a faithful disappointed fewand the committee has decided to suspend Thursday evening sessions until we start on Realbridge at the end of the month. Maybe members still feel threatened by Covid. Maybe home comforts during the pandemic have created inertia about going out. The price of fuel certainly doesn’t help.

In 2022, Realbridge has been gaining traction as allegations about BBO cheats spread. The time has come for WBC to switch to the nation’s favourite system: you’ll see your friends on screen and chat between boards.

For this to be successful, your club is asking for your support. Please sign up for the inaugural session on Thursday, May 26th. It starts at 7pm, but players need to register by 6.50.

On July 7th, WBC will host the first of its Realbridge teams competitions. Subsequently, these will take place on the first Thursday of each month. The teams system works very smoothly:  it has been thoroughly tested by our players in the Wessex League matches during the 2021-2 winter campaign.

Last updated : 25th Jun 2022 17:50 BST