In order to play in a bridge club or participate in an ACBL-sanctioned tournament, you must first know how to play bridge. This week on Tricks of the Trade, we will focus on one of the game’s greatest marketing tools – our teachers.
A strong beginner education program is essential for a thriving bridge community, and January is the perfect month to plan your education endeavors for the rest of the year. Many teachers are especially interested in developing Junior players, while others are seeking resources for tapping into the growing Baby Boomer market.
The ACBL sponsors several education programs to help teachers grow bridge across generations.Each program is fully funded and includes teacher stipends and free textbooks.
Designed to help you bring the joy of bridge to youth, more than 4000 youngsters participate each year in schools throughout North America. Last year, the ACBL supported programs in 257 schools! With the Resource Center, registering for the School Bridge program and ordering the necessary supplies has never been easier.
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In addition to youth programs, the ACBL supported 28 college programs in 2014. A College Bridge Kit and Guide have been developed to help teachers and Junior members establish an active and competitive bridge team on their local college campus. Both items are available for order and download on the Resource Center.
Baby Boomers are an important audience for potential bridge students and future ACBL members. Last year, the ACBL added the Life Long Learning Program to help teachers introduce the game of bridge to adults through establishing continuing education programs at colleges and universities.The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has approved programs at hundreds of schools, and we already support several bridge classes! Click here to learn more about the ACBL’s Life Long Learning Program and how you can begin a class near you.
Have a question about any of the programs listed above? Contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.