The WBU is actively promoting the teaching of bridge in schools, and will give as much help and encouragement as possible to potential teachers. Anyone interested in finding out more about the benefits of bridge for numeracy, memory & concentration should contact the Chief Executive.
Young players who want to learn bridge or improve their game should get in touch with Neville Richards. Alan Jones and Elaine Sharp are concentrating on encouraging new juniors to take up the game.
Several of our Juniors who are away at University or living in other
parts of the country play online using Bridge Base Online - again this
is free and we can organise this if required. Juniors also get reduced
or even free entry to WBU congresses and events.
Junior sessions are for anyone of any ability from beginner up and take place at various bridge clubs such as Newport, Cardiff and Swansea in Wales, and also the Bristol and West of England clubs (both in Bristol). Contact Catherine for further information.
The WBU sends teams to the junior home internationals - the Junior Camrose (for under-25s), and the Peggy Bayer Trophy (for under 20's). We last hosted these events in Porthcawl on 21-23 February 2010.
Interested juniors should make contact with Mark Roderick, our junior coordinator. See contacts
Some of the Welsh junior activities in recent years
The 2009 junior home internationals - the Junior Camrose (for under-25s), and the Peggy Bayer Trophy (for under 20's) - were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 20th-22nd February 2009. Both Welsh teams acquitted themselves respectably: in the Junior Camrose we were fourth, with only 13 VPs spanning 2nd to 5th; in the Peggy Bayer we were third. England won both trophies. Our teams. Detailed results. Team photos. And we had a write-up in the New York Times. Captains' reports: Junior Camrose, Peggy Bayer
Elaine first visited Monmouth Comprehensive School in January 2009 to teach mini-bridge. This has now led to the establishment of the first Welsh school bridge academy, with the support of the Educational Trust for British Bridge. Read about this exciting development.
We held a junior training weekend over 7/8 February 2009 at the Gwent Bridge Academy incorporating one day of mini bridge for any youngsters who want to learn. There was an array of experts there to provide teaching.
Some pictures from the training day held at the Gwent Bridge Academy, Newport on Saturday 6 December 2008.
The Welsh under-28 team took part in the 1st World Bridge Games, part of the inaugural World Mind Sports Games, held in Beijing, China, on 3-18 October 2008. This 4-yearly event replaces the WBF Olympiad. The Welsh team was Jake Dunn, Catherine Evans, Eve Hatfield, Alan Jones, and Chris Owen, with James Ewington from England as non-playing captain. They came a creditable 49th of the 74 countries taking part, above Scotland and only just behind Ireland. Some pictures.
Becky Watkins (with her partner Margaret Lane) won the Ladies Pairs at Porthcawl. Photo.
Wales were represented at the European Youth Pairs Championships in Wroclaw, Poland on 15 - 18 July 2008, by Becky Watkins, Claire Evans, Jonathan Richards and James Harris. Although unsuccessful overall there were some individual moments of glory. Photo.
In April 2008, three of our under-20 team did very well in the Harry Scully Trophy, part of the EBU's Young Bridge Challenge. Read a report on the Harry Scully Trophy
The 2007 Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer events were in Ireland
in February, and the results are here.
The Welsh teams can be found here.
There is also a report on the
Peggy Bayer, with pictures, by Keith Sharp (npc) and a report
on the Junior Camrose, by Simon Richards (npc).
Page revised 15/12/08