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The, now annual, Wessex Youth weekend, jointly organised by OBA and GCBA, is a fantastic event and was held in April 2018. Cheltenham Ladies College and Bridge Club provide wonderful facilities. On the Saturday night the club and the youngsters play in the same duplicate session- 24 boards of approximately 10 tables of U20s and 10 of over 70s, followed by speedball 18 boards at 7.5 minutes per round! That's youth bridge.This years' youth event on Sunday was won jointly by the Potter brothers and Aidan Saunders(partnered by Roland Bourne Sussex) from Oxfordshire whilst the Saturday night winners were members of the U20 squad, beating some august members of Cheltenham BC.
Several of the youngsters from OJBC are now training with Giorgio Provenza's U16 squad, and an article from Holly will follow. Numbers playing in schools are slightly down, but the quality of play is increasing, and therefore more children are starting to play in our clubs..
Wessex Youth Weekend - April 2017
Fifty children, 10 family and 10 tutors enjoyed a fabulous weekend in April at Cheltenham Ladies College and Bridge Club. Activities included late night speedball for teenagers, rounders frisbee etc.for all, and amazing food and accommodation supplied by Cheltenham Ladies College.
House of Lords Visit
A group of 16 juniors from schools in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, visited the House of Lords for a friendly bridge match. Divided into small groups, the children were given fascinating tours of the historic building, after which the bridge match began in the beautiful River Room, overlooking the Thames
Loughborough Teach in
The Dragon team of Will Wauchope, Thomas Potter, Freddie Yu and Richmond Yeung came 3rd in the Schools Cup beating the usual prestigious schools, the Perse, Haberdashers Aske, Manchester Grammar, Loughborough Grammar, RGS Malvern and managed to trounce Eton College in the playoff for 3rd place
Find out about the exciting growth of Bridge in local schools. This website has information for schools, teachers, parents and children who are interested in learning Bridge.
Oxford Junior Bridge
for further information - see poster
Oxford University Bridge Club
Runs free beginners lessons on Mondays from 7.30pm during Michaelmas Term. Although primarily for members of the university, please see website for information and for contact details.