Four days of bridge lessons and games at the five star InterContinental hotel in Double Bay were enjoyed by 40 keen bridge players.Read More
Pauline Clayton has known Joan Butts for almost thirty years but never really had the time to play bridge seriously until she retired. Byron at Byron was Pauline's first bridge holiday. It sounds like it may be the first of many.Read More
60 keen bridge players enjoyed four days of bridge lessons and games at the five star Byron at Byron Resort. The only problem - it's over! Everyone seemed to have a great time. Hopefully the bridge programme gave you some new ideas about all three aspects of the game - bidding, play and defence. The resort offered sensational service, always with a smile. Thank you for coming and making it an unforgettable few days.Read More
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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)
- Peninsula Bridge Club, NSW: Sunday, April 9
- Canberra Bridge Club, ACT: Saturday, August 19
- Northern Suburbs Bridge Club, QLD: Saturday, August 26
CPD Day 1 - Modern Competitive Bidding (10 points)
- No dates scheduled yet.
CPD Day 2 - All About Defence (10 points)
- Hunters Hill Bridge Club, NSW: Sunday, April 23
- Melville Bridge Club, WA: Sunday, June 25 - NEW!
- Canberra Bridge Club, ACT: Sunday, August 20 - NEW!
- Northern Suburbs Bridge Club, QLD: Sunday, August 27
CPD Day 3 - Teaching Two Over One Game Force (10 points)
- Geelong Bridge Club, VIC: Sunday, May 21
- Melville Bridge Club, WA: Saturday, June 24 - CHANGE TO PROGRAM
- Orange Bridge Club, NSW: Sunday, July 2
- Redlands Bridge Club, QLD: Sunday, July 30
If you are interested in hosting an event, please email me via email@example.com.
ABF National Teaching Coordinator
The turn out was terrific for the first ABF Continuing Professional Development Day for Teachers in Kiama. Two over One Game Force is a new topic for educators, and although it has been played for years, not so many teach it. Thanks for Ian & Ann Blue for organising the whole weekend, and here are the 30 or so teachers who came from Sydney, Newcastle and other surrounding places for the day.Read More
How about this lovely shot from a bridge game years ago, probably in the US. We certainly don't dress up like that these days do we? What do you think is going through "Mabel's" mind? She doesn't look too happy with her partner to me! Notice the cigarette in the corner of the photo. Yes, we all used to smoke in those days!
July has been a very busy month, and I'm delighted to announce some changes that have been implemented, or will be arriving soon, to make life easier for our bridge teachers. I've been listening to your feedback and have been working on updating the Teacher section of the ABF website to make it easier to find what you need.Read More