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All of the club’s teachers share the following qualities:
Giorgio is our most senior teacher and we are very fortunate to have him. Giorgio is Italian and is married with one son. Before he started to teach he had a career in law and finance. ("Proper jobs" according to his dad). He is a fine player and a real student of the game analysing hands at every opportunity. Giorgio has recently spent a couple of years in New York teaching at a leading New York Bridge club and we are delighted he has returned to the club teaching Advanced courses. Giorgio has recently been appointed squad leader of the England Under 16 team a role in which he is ideally suited to and I am sure will bring much success.
Tim first learned the game as a child and has been an active and successful tournament player since 2007, recently coming second with his partner Helen in the Life Masters. He left his City career in 2013 to follow his twin passions in life of music and bridge. We are delighted that Tim was also put into the EBU teaching program by the club, receiving an outstanding assessment in his EBUTA appraisal. He has personally updated our teaching methods and, thanks to him, we are now one of the few clubs in the country using the latest technology to teach our students.
We are very proud that Cathy is one of the teachers we put forward for teaching training with the EBU, and we were delighted to see her receive an outstanding assessment at her final appraisal. Cathy is married with two children and previously held a senior role in Sales and Marketing. Cathy also tutors students in Maths. Cathy is an extremely popular teacher and club member and we are so pleased to see the progress that Cathy continues to make both personally at the card table and in her development as a teacher.
Maxine has been teaching at the club for some years, she was mentored by that wonderful teacher Leigh Harding who is responsible for the No Fear Bridge site. Dedicated and passionate about the game Maxine really cares and is often seen playing with her students to encourage and bring them on. In addition to teaching at the club Maxine also directs and is always willing to help if required.
Margaret Page is another teacher who we have trained ourselves. Margaret has proved to be extremely popular with almost all of her students staying with her for the entire course. Her classes are always fun and her students are often heard roaring with laughter. In addition to teaching Margaret is now taking the Learning Supervised on Wednesday's and is proving to be very popular. Margaret has 3 children and is also an excellent bridge players who enjoys much success at the club.
James was fortunate enough to learn bridge at school where instead of a Maths lesson, someone came in to give him a bridge lesson and from then he was hooked! James now plays and teaches bridge full time which is massively rewarding, and also means he gets to spend his days playing the game he loves. James has represented England at many levels of the game from the U21 team, to most recently the England Mixed team at the 2016 World Championships. Despite James being an exceptional player, he is a very unassuming individual and everybody loves him. James is looking look forward to spending many years teaching and investing in the game, which has already given him so much.
Marianne learned the basics of bridge from her parents, but only took the game up seriously when her father was widowed, so becoming his principal partner. She quickly became addicted and soon persuaded a group of friends to learn, organizing weekly lessons for them in a drafty church hall in Strawberry Hill. Many of these friends now regularly play with her at Richmond Bridge Club. When not playing bridge, Marianne works as a teacher-trainer and education materials writer for the British Council. She specializes in training teachers from developing countries and fragile states, which she loves. As a teacher, she plans her lessons well and is often told that she is enthusiastic, patient and easy to follow.
It's clear why teaching bridge at RBC combines two of Marianne’s greatest passions.
Nadia's passion for bridge started back in 2005. Alongside finishing her MA she obtained great success in the National Danish Championships with two Bronze and a Silver medal in the Woman's Pairs and Junior Teams. She went on to teach for a couple of years as well as played internationally before moving to London in 2009 to study acting. She now uses her creative skills online running the blog ScandiMummy.com as well a lifestyle and family photography business. She enjoys both playing and teaching bridge at Richmond Bridge Club.
Lyn has been a member of Richmond Bridge club for about 12 years, taking up bridge again after playing what she now realises was just an approximation of the game at university. She is now one of our most frequent players and a fully qualified EBU director. Lyn has previously taught several English Literature modules at the university where she was studying for a PhD.
She is a reassuring, patient and clear teacher who can think of nothing better than passing on her love of the game to others, whether it be to absolute beginners or in supervised or assisted play sessions.
Having come to Bridge late in life, Glen makes no claim to be an expert player. However, as part of a working life spent in sport, he has conducted a large number of courses throughout the world teaching football administration. Many of the skills developed throughout these years are transferable to the teaching of Bridge (which, after all, is now well on its way to being declared a sport!) It is his quiet, thoughtful style, added to his ability to pass on information to others, that makes Glen a well-liked and respected teacher.In his spare time, Glen enjoys amateur dramatics and trying to keep fit and relishes a good pub quiz.
Lyn and Glen are Richmond’s husband and wife teaching team (pictured together) their styles hugely complement each other and together they form a formidable line-up. (2 for the price of 1)
Kirsty is proud of her Yorkshire heritage, despite having deserted the county for University and the Army. While serving in the Army she started coaching fencing and continued it as a full-time career on leaving the forces. She is used to teaching a wide range of age groups and abilities, with a sword in her hand, and has a patient, kind manner. She started bridge at an evening class in Richmond and joined Richmond Bridge Club shortly after. She is totally addicted to bridge and enjoys the challenges it brings. She is frequently seen at the club helping with the supervised and learning duplicate sessions and always has an enthusiastic and energetic approach