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Like many people, I can't believe how fast this year is passing. While there are still a number of teacher training days left this year, planning is now underway for 2017! 

The Summer Festival of Bridge will be held in Canberra from January 10. The number of novice players attending this event is growing, but we would love to see more. Please pass on information about this event to your students and encourage them to consider attending. For the first time we will be offering a special programme for teachers and students to help them prepare for the Summer Festival of Bridge. Stay tuned for more details! 
So far, the Continuing Professional Development Days for teachers have covered Modern Competitive Bidding, and Defence. In 2017, I will be offering a new programme, Introduction to Two Over One Game Force. This, like the others, aims to provide content for teachers, as well as for their students, and focuses on presenting this new method to classes.

It is soon to be taught in the US to new players, so there is no need to see it as an advanced topic. If presented simply, it will make both teachers’ and their students’ lives, easier!  
Download the attached hand, to see how you can use Two Over One Game Force. If you want to learn more about this bidding system, check out my new book which is available to buy at


To register for any of these sessions, click on the event and complete the linked form. If you have any questions, please email

CPD Day 2 - How to Teach Defence (10 points)
SA: Adelaide SABA, Sunday 11 September
NSW: Sydney Peninsula Bridge Club, Sunday 16 October

CPD Day 1 - Modern Competitive Bidding (10 points)
QLD: QCBC, Brisbane, Sunday, 20 November 

Teacher Training Programme (15 points)
QLD: QCBC, Brisbane, Saturday, 19 November 

I am also planning next year's teacher training calendar. If you or your club would like to host a workshop or other events in 2017, please register your interest so I can try to fit your club in. 


Around 25 teachers were able to attend an ABF/NSWBA lunch after the talk in Coffs on  August 12th. Bruce Neill spoke of the fact that growth in bridge clubs depends on producing happy bridge players using modern teaching methods. 


Ever since Maitland received an ABF grant three years ago, they haven’t looked back. What was once a small club now has the delightful problem of where to fit all their players!  Yes, that’s right, some sessions are so popular there’s not enough room in the existing club house!

From the word go, Maitland took a sensible approach to their growth, and the women who were at the helm (namely Wendy Rissler, Jenny Coyle, and Miriam Officer) planned a slow but steady campaign to introduce new players. They also ran the beginners lessons (and later the intermediate ones) themselves, following ABF guidelines and suggestions.
Once they gained confidence, the sky was the limit! I was able to run a Continuing Professional Development Day there in July, on Defence,  and I too had the same “problem” as the club has experienced… more people than expected were there!
A number of accredited teachers turned up (see pic), and their input was really valuable.  Apart from the girls from Maitland (Wendy Rissler and Jenny Coyle) there was Leslie Falla from Hawks Nest, Trish Thatcher from Port Stephens, Mat Raj Mal from Central Coast, and Anne Reilly from Toronto.

Joan Butts
ABF National Teaching Coordinator
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