ABF Teachers Update - March

New look ABF Education Section + Teaching Tips

If you haven't checked it out in a while, I urge you to visit the Education section of the ABF website. This section, which is dedicated to teachers, has just had a bit of a facelift to make it easier for you to find what you need.  

As part of the overhaul, we've also added the content from the wildly successful ABF Summer School. You can find notes, videos and practice hands from the 10 different topics in the Improvers section as well as under Lesson Plans & Tips

Work will be continuing on this section of the ABF website, so if you find any broken links or have any feedback, please email us!

Teacher Accreditation Program Points Update

For some time, I have been receiving requests from teachers undertaking the accreditation process to be able to see their current point scores.  A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to make this happen.  I'm delighted to announce that the current points awarded for all teachers are now available on the ABF Website.

If you are not listed on the website, please register here. Alternatively, if you would like to be removed from the list, please email us.  

Congratulations to our new Accredited Teachers 

Congratulations to our newest Accredited Teachers.  You can find all Accredited Teacher profiles on the Accredited Teachers page

Jill MacRae

Illawarra Bridge Association, NSW

Upon retirement, Jill began providing supervised sessions at her club to attract new players and more importantly keep them playing.

“In my experience there had been a large gap between the knowledge gained at introductory lessons and skills needed to play confidently in a competitive situation. We set up a small team and now run weekly sessions with 1-hour lesson followed by supervised play. We also hold daytime introductory lessons once a year and night lessons later in the year.”


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Christine Hadaway 

Brisbane Water Bridge Club, NSW

“I teach and direct at Brisbane Water Bridge Club, and live in Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast. I started playing bridge by chance twenty-five years ago.

“I began teaching bridge as I wanted to share the experience of this amazing game with others. Since retiring from being a high school teacher, I have been lucky enough to do 30 cruises teaching over 1000 people to play bridge. It has been so rewarding to see so many people enjoy playing the game.”


Donelle Foate

Grange Bridge Club, NSW

After moving to the Hunter Valley, where she planted a vineyard, Donelle was approached by local golf club members to teach bridge. 

“The golf club members asked me to teach them bridge, which eventually became 6 tables at my home followed by Supervised bridge and then Open. Outgrowing my home, I started Grange Bridge Centre which is now 5 years old with a membership of 80.”


Susan Falkingham

Peninsula Bridge Club, NSW

It didn’t take long for Susan Falkingham to get hooked on bridge. The Peninsula Bridge Club teacher said from the beginning she would have been playing bridge “every day of the week except for that pesky need to have a job interfering”.

Susan now teaches beginners, takes supervised play and directs at Peninsula Bridge Club at Warriewood.

“I also run the bridge sessions at Warringah Bowling Club and Harbord Diggers Club. I have done casual directing at a number of clubs. Bridge is now my career and I love it,” she said. 

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Cath Whiddon appointed ABF Teacher Trainer


Cath Whiddon was the first teacher to be accredited by the ABF. She is now joining National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts in the Education Department in the role of Teacher Trainer.  

Apart from her role as the Director of Bridge Education at Peninsula Bridge Club, Cath has been the NSWBA bridge education representative and the Metro rep for all bridge clubs in Sydney.
Cath currently teaches beginners and improvers; directs duplicate and supervised sessions; convenes fun events to introduce new players to duplicate match point pairs, teams & swiss pairs; and also works as a bridge teacher and director on a couple of cruises each year – as well as competing in ABF and NSWBA congress events to improve her game and network with other teachers.
As a Teacher Trainer, Cath will be conducting Teacher Training Program days. 

Upcoming Teacher Training Workshops

Teacher Training Program (15 points)


CPD Day 1 - Modern Competitive Bidding (10 points)

  • No dates scheduled yet.


CPD Day 2 - All About Defence (10 points)

CPD Day 3 - Teaching Two Over One Game Force (10 points)

    If you are interested in hosting an event, please email me via teaching@abf.com.au.


    Joan Butts
    ABF National Teaching Coordinator