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• In partnership with the playing bridge on the cogni- • All Bridge Organisations have • Look to our employees to

Counties, grow the number tive function of older people not only to be effective, but understand and champion all

of clubs we support through including the benefits of also transparent in the way elements of this strategic

universal membership with social interaction amongst the they conduct their affairs; we plan;

development of teaching elderly. will be influential, with • Continue to make employee

programmes, promotional others, in improving relations development, including suc-

services, and support services; TOURNAMENTS with the EBL and WBF to cession planning, a corner-

• Determine a policy towards AND REGULATIONS achieve these aims. stone of our HR strategy

non-affiliated clubs which over this plan period;

We will provide a more flexible,

balances the need for the

responsive and comprehensive

TECHNOLOGY • Develop and implement a

EBU to prioritise its activities long term strategy for

for the benefit of affiliated range of tournaments, both We will seek to finance a housing the EBU in fit-for-

clubs, while extending our national and regional, face-to-face

significant and radical investment purpose premises, which

influence to attract players and online, appealing to all players.

in technology including tourna- makes good use of the

who play in non-affiliated In particular, we will:

ments, a state-of-the art up-to- resources of the EBU,

clubs, online and elsewhere;

• Develop tournaments which date website, and communi- including the use, where

• Introduce, by 2015, with appeal to all sections of our cations. In particular, we will: effective, of home working.

our affiliated clubs, a low- member ship, such that

cost or free way for citizens tournament participation

• Use an effective mixture of


increasingly online, but also

with limited income to learn increases significantly over the

paper, communications tai-

and play duplicate bridge. period; The EBU has a duty as the guardian

lored to the needs of our

• Be the leading provider of


of bridge records and history; we

EDUCATION online competitions probably will, with our Counties and Clubs,

in partnership with others; • Deploy suitable technology at

improve our record keeping, be

our congresses and online to

We will invest significantly in • Regularly review our rules

enhance members’ enjoy -

responsible in the matter of

education, both younger and older and regulations and will collecting, storing and making

people, to generate increased ment and help us attract new

ensure that they are acces- available such data, including

membership and interest in bridge. players;

sible, simplified as far as having an archive, which future

In particular, we will: practical, and understandable • Trial EBU-branded online

players, historians and others can

to the full range of our tournaments, and investigate

look at and use for research and

• Retain feedback from the

membership; whether online bridge can be


schools who have taken part used to improve some

in the Minibridge programme • Find engaging ways of

existing tour naments, for

introducing new players to

so that we can develop the example, some of our knock-

the rules of the game embrac- We are committed to achieving

project to increase partici- out events;

ing the laws of tournament greater popularity for Duplicate

pation from schools across

England. We will start a

bridge and EBU regulations. • Progressively, over the first Bridge and its recognition as a

twelve months of this plan, game of great fun and worth to all

strategically targeted fund-

INTERNATIONAL introduce a flexible high- sections of society. This Board is

raising programme at the end

quality website, which will determined to realise these goals

of 2013 to assist with TEAMS

also be a vehicle for accessing through the process of review,

resources for the project.

We will secure funding to improve all our services and products communication and delivery of this

• Continue to develop our

the consistency of results of, and with a secure online payment strategy plan over the next five

programme of teaching and

support for, our international capability. years. We will report on our

the promotion of benefits of

teams of all ages. In particular: progress regularly to our share-

playing bridge as a way of

OUR EMPLOYEES holders and our membership.

attracting those aged over 55 • All our international teams

to take up duplicate bridge will regularly be participating

We will recognise the importance

and return to play bridge in the final stages of Euro-

of investment in employee devel-

regularly. This will include peans, Home Internationals,

opment to underpin the leadership

fundraising to support Bermuda Bowl and Venice

and lean management of all we

teachers and students in Cup, and the World Mind

do. In particular, we will: EBU Board,

clubs where there is either a Sports Games;

8th May 2013

lack of space and/or potential • We will host at least one • Ensure our employees have

teachers. In addition, we will major international tourna- an employment package that

investigate funding to ment, which will be used to compares well against similar

research the benefits of help promote bridge; organisations in our locality; June 2013 English Bridge 29


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