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CLUBS AND COUNTIES ARE MEETING THE

CHALLENGE - YOU CAN

TOO!

STAMFORD:

The club continues to deliver

into ten schools, five secondary

and six primary schools. Over a

hundred and twenty students

have been introduced to the game

so far. Trained and checked

'Bridge Buddies' have assisted

teachers with running the sessions,

fitting in with each school's needs

and goals. A further five taster

sessions were booked for July with

plans to introduce at least a

further one hundred students to

the game.

The team have developed an

Information Pack for bridgeplaying

parents or grandparents

to propose the introduction of

card playing sessions into the

schools of their children and

grandchildren. The pack includes

a letter to the bridge player and a

template letter for the head

teacher of the school with an

application form for the school

and outline teaching materials

and certificates. Led by the

indomitable Liz Dale, this pack

could help the programme roll

out to schools around the

country.

AND THERE'S MORE!

At the end of June Stamford

Bridge Academy hosted an Inter

Schools Card Play day. Seventytwo

young players from seven

schools took part competing in

either mini bridge or contract

bridge. Teachers and

assistants from the competing

schools, and one or two

observers from other schools

helped, and some were made

to play at a table themselves!

Thirty-four bridge club

players have received 'buddy'

training and twenty-six are

DBS Registered. Every table

had one of these keeping the

play going, and the

scoring on track. 'Fred',

the overall director,

managed the award of

numerous spot prizes and

the collating of overall

results. Leading pairs from

each school received a

small trophy and a new

pack of cards.

The top schools each

received major trophies

presented by Alan Shillitoe,

manager of the England

Under 26 squad. Members

of Stamford Bridge Club

provided fruit and water

for the young players;

coffee, tea and biscuits for

the adults; and a sandwich

lunch following the event.

The players really enjoyed

it - some have taught their

parents the game! It's an

amazing achievement by the

'buddies' who have created

the chance for students to

learn in sixteen schools (so

far!) and for Liz Dale, Jenny

Harding, Sandra Curran

and Marlene Jones who

have led the programme

making the day possible.

Junior Initiatives

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