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Bidding for the Future

2008 – 2013

We want to: We will:

Duplicate Bridge is one of

the most enduring and

popular games in the world. • Support at least 900 affiliated clubs • Use our skills to provide low-cost

and 50,000 individual members. services and benefits to our clubs

• Offer a diverse yet cost effective and their individual members.

It embraces people from all

portfolio of services that provides • Monitor the developing needs of

walks of life, young and

opportunities for every member our existing clubs through consul-

old. to benefit from belonging to the tation.

Union. • Expand the number of new clubs

It provides a framework for through promotion of the game

making new friends and and investment in education pro-

learning new skills. grammes.

Our Values

It helps individuals obtain,

maintain and retain a

healthy and agile mind. We will: Teaching and Learning

Simply, it is one of the Education is at the foundation of the develop-

greatest games of all time. • Always act in the best interests of

ment of Duplicate Bridge in England.

our membership.

• Take pride in delivering quality

We will:

and value for money.

The English Bridge Union is responsible for • Respect each other and celebrate

the advancement of Duplicate Bridge and diversity so that everyone can give

of their best. • Build an integrated and effective

the provision of the infrastructure to play education strategy to ensure that

the game in England. our education programmes meet

the needs of all ages and all levels

This document sets out the EBU’s vision and of player.

strategy for the next five years for Duplicate Our Clubs • Ensure that adequate investment

Bridge in England. is made in teaching and learning.

• Develop an on-line teaching

We want to help our clubs thrive by offering program which will be available

appropriate services to each club and its freely on our website.

Over the past thirty months we have members.

consulted thousands of Duplicate Bridge

players – members and non-members alike We have:

– our affiliated clubs and our regional net-

work of counties. Playing the Game

• Set up a Club Committee which

We have sought and received approval for will consult with our clubs to ensure

universal membership for all individuals who that the correct services are iden- TOURNAMENTS AND COMPETITIONS

belong to our affiliated clubs. tified and provided by the EBU.

• Asked the members of the Club Through consultation and the use of surveys

This historic agreement provides us with Committee to construct an effec- and research, we will:

a stability unknown before in our tive regional network from club to

organisation. It allows us to concentrate county to region to the EBU to

on the development of the game of create a beneficial long-term rela- • Explore and develop competitions

Duplicate Bridge and the modernisation and tionship with our grass roots. in which our club players wish to

streamlining of England’s national bridge • Requested that our Tournament take part.

organisation. Committee consult with the Club • Build an appropriate tournament

Committee to ensure that they programme for today’s tourna-

provide the right competitions to ment players.

engage existing and new club • Make greater use of technology

Our Vision

players. to create a seamless process

• Made a commitment to simplify from entering a score to reading

We believe that the EBU should be repre- regulation and provide a special it on our website.

sentative of all its members and that it Orange Book for Clubs through • Develop on-line purchasing for

should have a constitution and structure consultation between our Laws all our services including

that enables both membership democracy and Ethics Committee and our tournaments.

and effective business management. Club Committee.

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