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Bridge Education
Bridge Learning And Development Opportunities


There are many Bridge learning and development opportunities in Essex, in particular:

  • Formal teaching.  A number of Bridge Schools and Bridge Teachers run courses at beginner, intermediate and more advanced levels.  A Bridge school runs courses, etc, at a specific location while a Bridge teacher runs courses at several locations, from home, etc. Essentially they are seeking to do the same thing - to help you to learn and improve your Bridge;
  • Supervised play.  Some clubs, schools and teachers offer this to help you put what you have learnt into practice;
  • Beginner-friendly clubs.  Some clubs encourage newcomers and provide a route (for those who want it) into more competitive Bridge;
  • Special events for newer players.  These include
  1. events based on the EBU "really easy" format. This link will take you to the general EBU information. However, note that heats are often held at First Class Bridge Academy, in Essex, so it may also be worth looking at their website (see Bridge schools).
  2. a "friendly fours" teams league.  This is aimed at players new to teams league competitions and, most likely, relatively new to County competitions as well.  Matches will be monthly (Oct - Feb) or less and will be played at home or club venues. Contact the Education Officer for details.
  • Other opportunities such as one-off seminars, Bridge holidays with a "learning" content, etc.

Details of Bridge schools and Bridge teachers can be found by clicking on the links above or by clicking "Clubs in Essex" and scrolling down.  Also, the "Clubs in Essex" list provides comprehensive information about EBU-affiliated clubs (usually stronger, but often "newcomer-friendly" too) and unaffiliated clubs (usually more "newcomer-friendly").


The EBU is keen that the Counties promote the services of its new Charity EBED. To quote from a Letter of 17th November 2015 to County Chairmen:-

  • The charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) has been in existence for a little over 18 months, and we are keen to build upon the awareness of the charity throughout our membership. As you know, EBED manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.
  • It is important that information on the charity’s activities, both in the broad sense and for Clubs and Members to find specific technical information which may be useful to them (eg information on TD courses and Club Teacher Training Courses), can be easily found. This information, which was previously on the EBU website, has now been transferred to the EBED website www.ebedcio.org.uk.

The ECBA is glad to comply with the request to advertise these services on the Website. Click on either the link above, or the heading to access the new website and take a look around!