Welcome to SBU Education
Aces and Knaves, the movie. Watch it 20th to 30th May at 1pm BST
"Fast-paces and entertaining" is how the Education Committe Chairman, Sam Punch describes the film Aces and Knaves. For full details on how to view the film click here.
SBU Summer Academy needs help
Sam Punch has put out a plea for help to run the SBU Summer Academy.
A sub-committee have done an amazing job getting this SBU Summer
Academy up and running, with a highly successful launch
on 10 April. Their focus now is getting volunteer teachers and
experienced players to assist with the weeknight structured Play and
If you or anyone you know can spare a couple of hours over the summer it would be hugely appreciated. They are hoping that with enough helpers, you would only
need to help out twice over the 20 week period. For full details click here.
Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice Free Conference, Mon 28 June – Thurs 1 July 2021
Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is bringing together bridge teachers, players, NBO administrators and academics from twenty countries. The aim is to exchange ideas, review case studies and share good practice in order to promote bridge more widely in society. For example, the final session will lead to the creation of a marketing campaign to increase participation in the game.
The sessions will explore what drives individuals at different lifecourse stages to learn and continue playing. The conference will develop an understanding of the barriers to learning and benefits gained from the leisure activity. Insights will be shared in relation to inclusivity, inequality and participation. By focusing on the recruitment and retention of players, the conference will also consider new ways to transform the negative images of bridge.
BAMSA hopes you will join us to share learning from case studies and exchange views of best practice. The development of educational resources in relation to each of the eight conference sessions will contribute to the wider recognition of bridge as a mindsport and social game. These will include practical implications for bridge education, policy and practice. For more information and to register for this free conference which is supported by SBU Education. Click here for more information.
For a handy poster click here.
Hugh Kelsey Competition. Click the "News" tab for results.
Professor Sam Punch publishes a Research Paper.
Sam published a Research Paper "(Per)forming identity in the mind-sport bridge: Self, partnership and community". It is perfect reading! Nineteen pages long and can be surmised that bridge is a jolly good game, it helps keep the mind active and should be classed as a mind-sport and included in the Olympics. Her summary is more academic. Full text can be viewed by clicking here.
A Message from the President, Joan Forsyth
Click here to view a short video clip by Joan. Bridge, a mindsport for all.
New Education Committee Chairman
Professor Samantha Punch, or Sam Punch as she is known as in the bridge world, has taken over the position of chairing the education committee. This is an important role and we wish her well. Sam takes over from Ann Wickens who did the job for over 20 years. The SBU owe Ann a lot for her years of dedication and hard work.
New! Free bridge lessons for Students
Yes, Free bridge lessons for students! Click here to learn more
Learn to play bridge online
Given Covid-19 restrictions many bridge players have moved to play the game online, and so too with bridge classes which have also moved online.
Several centres are offering lessons for beginners online beginning this Autumn. These include three centres introducing the use of each of the two new SBU badged courses namely
- Dundee Bridge Club using the 20-lesson course. Albeit over 40 weeks to include more practice and play en route. Teachers will be using Zoom and Bridge Base Online. Click here for details.
- The Glasgow Bridge Centre is using the 20 lesson course albeit over 40 sessions to be offered in 10 lesson terms. Teachers will be using Bridge Base Online and probably Zoom or Skype. Click here for details.
- The New Melville Academy using the 60-lesson course. Teachers will be using Zoom and Bridge Base Online. Click here for details.
- Also Grace White is an accredited English Bridge Teachers Association teacher, running relaxed and interactive lessons for all levels using the English Bridge Education and Development course Bridge for All. Classes run throughout the main part of the year in 8 week blocks; a beginners class online starting in October. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and guidance or Click here for details.
Hamilton Bridge Club
Lessons for Beginners using Skype and the Bridge Base Online Teaching Table 40 lessons, mixture of SBU, EBU and own resources. Lessons start 16th September and every Wednesday morning thereafter. Start 9.45 am
Contact Joan Lees for further information.
Play and Learn for Improvers using Skype and the Bridge Base Online Teaching Table
Mondays starting at 9.45 am.
Inverness and Blackisle U3A offer classes at all levels on Friday mornings via zoom and BBO. We are using the SBU recommended Perth 20 lesson course. Contact Ann Wickens email@example.com for further details
- Barnet Shenkin
Barnet is an SBU Grand Master and an International bridge player. He has generously offered his expertise to SBU members. Brief details;
Free every week Tuesday at 3pm. BBO and zoom presentation hands from World Championships with teaching points. 22 sessions already given.
Free every week "hand of the week "video on Utube channel running now for 12 weeks. Barnetshenkinbridge. See all the hands there .
Free website with teaching hands, entertainment and stories at Shenkinbridge.com
Courses for intermediates and intermediate plus on zoom webinars. For information contact Barnet at Shenkinbridge@gmail.com
- Anne Brodie-Allan
Anne has been teaching online for 10 years and teaches either Standard American Yellow Card or Two-over-One Game Forcing.
She taught Acol with the SBU teaching Lessons over a 3 year period for 15 years in Aberdeen.
She does not charge for lessons but if any SBU members want to learn more about sayc and 2/1 She is happy to teach them.
She teaches on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon for those interested. Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ayrshire – Maureen Rennie
Maureen is a member of EBTA (English Bridge Teachers Association and is accredited to teach the ACOL system use the Bridge for All teaching material. She has been teaching since 2009 (MiniBridge, Junior and Adult since 2009) and since 2017 has taught the Bridge for All course with good success, many playing after just one year of classes and almost all by the end of 2nd year. Maureen runs online classes using Zoom, Bridgebase online and the exciting new RealBridge platform.
She currently has three sessions running per week
Tuesday morning – 2nd year Beginners
Wednesday evening - 1st year Beginners
Thursday morning – a pairs session followed by an optional Post Mortem.
There are spaces available in all the sessions, learners and players from everywhere are very welcome to join us.
For more information please contact Maureen email@example.com or visit www.bridgewebs.com/learnonlinewithmaureen for more information.
- Geoff Simpson
Geoff hopes to run a Refresher Course in the Spring of 2021 using Zoom, PowerPoint and BBO. Those players at intermediate+ level keen to improve have most to gain from these Bidding modules, as he revisit basics and eliminate bad habits, trying to develop a more disciplined approach to the game. How best to describe your hand, how to handle interference, knowing when/where/how/why to overcall, double, pass and protect.
The tuition is free and based on a survey of potential attendees, may be presented in a condensed format, twice per week, 2 topics per 90min session, over 6 weeks. If interested, contact Geoff Simpson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Description of the SBU Courses
Schools Bridge Education
Currently all schools education is suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak. When things improve, the SBU will offer education to school pupils.
We were teaching minibridge in some primary schools and bridge in secondary schools. We aim to expand this service.
These classes are run in curriculum time or at lunch time or after school clubs. a number of bridge clubs hope to run courses for young learners. Some clubs and bridge centres were running very successful clubs for young learners and alo some successful summer schools. If you wish to get involved in this program either as a school or as a tutor, or as a club, your District Education Officer.
As young people progress their skills our Youth Coordinators Alisdair McLeod gets involved organising extra training courses to train our next generation of youth internationalists.
There is an urgent need for more people to volunteer :
As tutors for adult education
As tutors in schools
In schools, tutors work mainly in teams and cover for one another when on holiday. For primary schools, only a very basic knowledge of bridge and a love of working with children is all that is required. If interested contact me. convener.