THE BUSINESS STRATEGY ANNUAL UPDATE
Sally Bugden, EBU Chairman, reports
AT the AGM in 2008, the EBU Board launched its strategy document, SELECTION
Bidding for the Future. which covered the period 2009-13. Since that
time I have reported on its progress in the 2009 and 2010 August issues The Board is proud of its Selectors who have managed to elicit such
of English Bridge. We give you a progress update in August to ensure that excellent performances from our international players of all ages on a
you can approach your shareholders if you have any questions that you reducing budget. I am sure you will join with me in wishing our
would like asked at the AGM in October, and for our shareholders to women’s team the very best of luck in the Venice Cup which will take
measure the Board’s performance against its plan so it too can question place in the Netherlands in October.
us at that event – unfortunately the October issue hits your doormats We were delighted that so many of you took part in the Bridge
too late for you to have time to consider what is happening in your England Simultaneous Pairs in February which raised funds to
organisation. support our international players. Please consider taking part next
This is my last update on the strategy launched in 2008. During this year when we will be running this event on 7th and 8th February
coming twelve months we are going to review our strategy and launch 2012.
a new version to address development of the EBU from 2012-17.
MANAGING THE ORGANISATION
CLUBS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
We have put a process in place for the new elected Club Committee to Aylesbury has managed the largest number of members the EBU has
start its regional meetings this autumn. Each county should have either ever had with a considerably reduced staff – we recently found out that
elected or appointed a club representative to meet in one of eight the salary bill for Aylesbury was larger in 1998 than it was in the year to
regional forums. These regional meetings will elect a representative to 31 March 2011. Our strategy plan for 2012-17 will look at the needs of
attend a national Club Committee meeting towards the end of this year. Aylesbury and staffing in line with the development of members
If you want to know who your county club representative is, please services and duplicate bridge for that period.
contact your county or Krys Kazmierczak at firstname.lastname@example.org. Succession planning and organisation development will be addressed
Our Club Teacher Courses are beginning to take place more fre- in the coming month with the County Chairmen.
quently. If you wish to attend a course which provides you with teaching We are delighted that one of our affiliated clubs has become a
advice and, very importantly, advice on how to recruit and welcome registered charity and that our work with the Charity Commissioners
individuals of all ages to your club, then please contact John Pain at has encouraged us to formalise our approach to them. We will be asking
email@example.com. the shareholders to approve a resolution at the AGM in October for the
EBU to work towards becoming a registered charity.
SOCIAL BENEFITS OF BRIDGE
As well as establishing our club courses, we have completed research
into current county education activities. At our County Chairmen’s We continue our work with Baroness Henig and the members of the All
meeting at the end of June, we are going to be looking at best practice Party Parliamentary Group to gain recognition for the importance of
and discussing how we can further develop bridge teaching locally to bridge playing for young people in schools as well as the benefits for us
encourage more people to play our wonderful game. all in terms of mental and social activities as we grow older. We will be
holding a Minibridge day for journalists in London in September to
TOURNAMENTS further this cause.
Many tournament players responded to our online survey at the end of THE NATIONAL GRADING SCHEME
last year. We are currently looking at the length and location of our
tournaments to assess whether shorter more local tournaments will be I am indebted to all members of the working party who have spent so
more popular. We are also looking at enhancing club competitions. much time and effort on this project, which is nearing completion. I
Many of you will be aware that the EBU will be running our simul- would also like to thank all those clubs which took part in the initial
taneous pairs competitions from April 2012. We are extremely excited pilot. We will be launching this in the near future; we will publicise the
about this initiative and the effect it will have on the enjoyment of our NGS in English Bridge, on our website and in Club Focus and
club players. We will be writing more about this in the October issue. Tournament Focus.
SIMPLIFICATION OF REGULATION DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION.
The Laws and Ethics Committee strive to ensure that regulation The responses from the counties’ consultation with their members on
remains as simple as possible, and I would like to remind readers that democratic representation resulted in the retention of the current
the Tangerine Book and the easy-to-follow flow charts are available on system based on the parliamentary model. Please exercise your rights
the L & E section of our website. and use the shareholders, your county representatives, to put any
We are currently in the process of updating our clubs and counties on relevant issues to the AGM.
the advice and guidance we can provide on disciplinary matters. Until next time, enjoy your bridge . . . r
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