Whole communities are centred around bridge and particularly for those aged 50 and over, whose sporting endeavours may be less frequent.
Bridge offers an ideal way to use the grey matter in a social setting. It is truly ingenious and great fun to learn, although some can find the first few steps a teeny bit daunting. This is entirely unnecessary, the key being to take things slowly and to adopt a very practical approach (although reading the 'Collins Need to Know Bridge?' is no bad thing).
When I began my Bridge Club above a pub on a Monday night, I had no idea it would become such a success. We had to move to our own dedicated premises – 50 yards from Parsons Green underground station.
We are still there, some 16 years after those small beginnings and flourishing. Our aim is to teach this wonderful game from the very beginning, in a clear, undaunting and friendly way.
We then offer umpteen sessions designed to help you practice improve and play Bridge. These include:
Imagine playing relaxed Bridge with your friends in your own living room, able to ask advice from friendly, expert supervisors. That is exactly what we provide. Suitable for all levels, you will be seated with those of a similar level.
This session perfectly bridges the gap between supervised and Duplicate Bridge. You will move around the room like regular Duplicates and the will be a winner. However the tempo will be much gentle and less competitive.
Duplicate Bridge is non-supervised and is the way Tournament Bridge is played. All of our Duplicates are played in a friendly atmosphere. Bridgemates (an electronic scoring system) are used and we provide hand records and immediate results.
If you have never (or barely) played before, the Andrew Robson Bridge Club offers several Learn Bridge in a Weekend as a Beginner courses.
These run from 10.00 – 16.30 on Saturday and Sunday, costing *£155 and include lunch both days and temporary membership of the club.
We also offer eight-week once-a-week beginner courses, again costing *£155. These are a fabulous and very popular way to introduce yourself to the game and we will be playing bridge in your very first lesson – yes – even if you’ve never touched a playing card in your life.
By making things practical, we make the game as easy as possible to learn, and, most importantly we make it fun. After this course you will say a confident “Yes” when asked if you can play the game.
Go to our our website www.arobson.co.uk and you’ll see a whole way of life: players enjoying the conviviality of a game, whether at ARBC central in Parsons Green SW6, our offshoot in the Notting Hill Harbour Club W2 or on one of our many weekends or holidays.
Never cliquey and always welcoming of new players and beginners, do come and learn this great game with us.
Nick Boss - Andrew Robson Bridge Club
* Please note that prices are correct at publication date 1 June 2011. You will need to check with ARBC for latest prices.