Bridge - not just an older person’s game say players

Bridge club's appeal for more young people SUS-150330-100151001
Bridge club's appeal for more young people SUS-150330-100151001

Young people in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford are being called upon to consider taking up a new hobby - playing bridge.

Sussex County Contract Bridge Association is appealing for youngsters from any age group who are ‘keen, enthusiastic and want to have fun’ to get in touch.

Several local bridge clubs are offering free tuition sessions to school and college age students, starting this month, and classes are available to attend in Eastbourne.

Pictured here are Zac, Lulu, Sorcha and Miri, who are being helped by Ollie Powell, a member of the England under 20 bridge team.

Mum Bernadette said, “We have been playing for about two-and-a-half years.

“I have definitely seen a huge boost in their self confidence since they started playing, and after a lot of schooling due to illness, Zac is now top in maths.”

Andy Ryder, chairman of SCCBA, said, “Bridge has a bit of a reputation for being an older person’s game but some of the best players in the world are under 25.

“Lots of young people are getting into poker at the moment and bridge is a far greater challenge. We want to find the next generation of great players.”

For details, visit www., call Andy Ryder on 07905 112878 or e-mail