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Tuition Available

John Barker-East Norfolk -Tel 01493 309033

Contact email is jgbarker7@gmail.com

Freda Richards - Harleston Area - Tel 01379 852 127

Contact email is freda.richards1278@btinternet.com

James Tullett - Norwich,South & West Norfolk - Tel 07930 541661

Contact email is jft55@me.com

Ann Melville - North Norfolk - Tel 07930 541661

Contact email is eamelville@hotmail.co.uk
Learning Options Join us in Norfolk to Learn, Improve and Play Bridge Playing Options
Fast Track
Fast track teaches you how to play Bridge over one weekend/24 hrs (12x2 hr)

Annual Courses
A structured program of weekly Lessons to take you from scratch to club level over a year Run at a club or at a specialised venue

Improver Sessions
Supervised Play usually held at a club where experts help you as you go along in a relaxed and friendly session with others of the same standard

There are teachers who will give customised courses for individuals or groups that are interested in learning or improving their skills These are generally run at a venue suitable for the group or individual eg someone's house or a local venue. These are outside of the club environment and are commercial ventures

Other Options
There are learning options outside the club environment both individual teachers and organisations that are affiliated to/approved by the EBU.

Bridge - what is it all about?

Bridge is a fun and challenging card game which combines skill with fortune. Played in tables of four people, the rules of the game are relatively straightforward, allowing even debutantes with a few lessons under their belt to play with confidence - although becoming an expert can take a lifetime!

Bridge has changed from the early days when it was the game of choice in exclusive clubs and high society. It remains a popular social game in homes but is now also played competitively in clubs (duplicate bridge) and on the Internet. Recent years have seen the development of the professional game with sponsors creating teams to vie for the world's top prizes and Bridge holidays on cruises and exotic locations.

Bridge not only has a social side but it's good for the brain or so it seems! -
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Bridge isn't hard to play - it's just fiendishly hard to play well. There are many approaches from the Fast Track (learn over a weekend) to Weekly Lessons that span over a year in 3 terms at a club, to individual or group learning that can be done either in at home or in a local venue

Maybe you've just done some lessons, or learnt bridge at home. Or you played bridge before and want to get back into it There are many options such as 'supervised play' where you play duplicate in a more relaxed pace with advice from experts. Improver lessons that explore beyond the basics to improve your techniques and understanding of the game. Individual or small groups tuition which typically happens in a more social environment

Club Level Player?
There are clubs throughout the county both EBU Affiliated and Non Affiliated.All the clubs welcome guests and they operate on different days of the week so there should be able to find a club that suits your needs. Some clubs run afternoon sessions and some evening, all with parking facilities or arangements.
The clubs vary in location and standards but all are friendly and welcoming. There are also clubs on the borders of the county that are associated with Norfolk.

Another Group?
Do you want to start a new social bridge group or club in your area? You can contact the NCBA to help you with the logistics and you will find many village halls, community centres and pubs that are more than willing to rent space to bridge clubs

Bridge Holidays
There are many bridge holidays available that offer teaching. Locally many of our teachers work with Arena Travel which is a commerical concern that is also a sponsor of the Norfolk Bridge Congress

All the clubs in Norfolk welcome guests It is just a case of finding the right sort of club for you All the clubs play duplicate bridge where everyone plays the same set of hands and you are scored on your relative perfomance. Typically the sessions run for 3 hours and the cost is usually around 3 for a guest

Easy Start Clubs
These clubs have been started with the specific intention of giving those new to the game a relaxed and gentle introduction to playing duplicate bridge in a club

Non Affiliated Clubs
Meaning that they are outside the EBU network and are generally less competitive in nature but that does not mean that they have a lower standard of players but that they offer a more relaxed and informal approach If you have played "kitchen bridge" ie with friends at home or have just learnt, then this is a good place to enter the bridge club world

Affiliatied Clubs
Meaning they are part of the English Bridge Union (EBU) network of clubs Typically more competitive as members compete for Master Points and appear on a National Grading Scheme showing relative rankings of all the players in the country.

Setting up your own club
Easier than you think All you need is some like minded people who live nearby and a venue that could be your own home to start with

Other Options
There are other establishments that offer teaching and duplicate sessions that are affiliated to the EBU which are not clubs in the usual sense as they are run privately but open to the public.