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 

We welcome all students who are currently taking bridge lessons in Scotland and those, who for many reasons over the last 18 months, may have decided to put “on hold” any further lessons but feel they maybe missing out?

The SBU Summer Academy gives you the opportunity to practice your bridge in a relaxed environment among peers of  a similar standard and will hopefully keep your enthusiasm for the game at an all time high. Membership to the Summer Academy is free to bridge students (‘beginner' and ‘improver' levels) and lasts until 31/08/21.

In order to register for this opportunity and to get details of how to get access please complete and submit the google form  linked here

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.

 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 grace.northlodge@gmail.com  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.
    07929 585538
    01698 383231
    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 highland@education.sbu.org.uk 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 brodieallan@btinternet.com

  • 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  bridge@troonwarren.me.uk or visit www.bridgewebs.com/learnonlinewithmaureen  for more information.

Full Description of the SBU Courses

To see the 20-lesson course outline, click here. For the syllabus, click here. If you wish access to the 20-lesson course material please contact sbu20lesson@education.sbu.org.uk .

To see the 60-lesson course outline click here. For the syllabus, click here. If you wish access to the 60-lesson course material please contact sbu60lesson@education.sbu.org.uk

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.


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