BRIDGE LESSONS - NEW COURSES FOR 2017/18

BRIDGE LESSONS - NEW COURSES FOR 2017/18

The next course of lessons for Beginners will commence on Saturday, 07 October 2017. 

The next Beginners' Class will be held on Saturday mornings at the Coast Centre for Seniors, Ewing Avenue, Little Bay, starting on Saturday, 07 October and will last for 12 weeks until 16 December. Each lesson starts at 10am sharp and is split into two one-hour segments with a 10 minute break for complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits at the half-way point. We usually finish around 12:15.

The learning experience will be very "hands-on" with an emphasis on practical examples being played at the table.  

The Coast Centre is approximately 4km from Maroubra, just off Anzac Parade. Parking is very easy and plentiful.

The cost will be $20 per person per session ($15 for Coast Centre Members) and each lesson includes lesson notes and various hand-outs. You will also need to purchase two course books (cost c$25 each) which are necessary because they contain additional material and exercises which, because of time limitations, may not all be included in the classes. These will be provided at the time of your enrolment. They also serve as a handy reference after the course has finished. In addition, you are encouraged to become a member of the Coast Centre - cost $20 per annum.

At the end of this course of lessons, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement and you will have sufficient knowledge of the game to be able to play socially or to join a Bridge Club and take part in regular Duplicate Bridge sessions. For example, Randwick Bridge Club meets regularly at the Senior Citizens' Centre in Alma Road, Maroubra on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. You will also be offered a number of supervised sessions where your play will be overseen by a director, teacher and/or experienced player before playing "for real" in a club Duplicate Session. The Randwick Bridge Club session on Wednesday evenings is supervised.

If you would like to join me in learning what many people consider to be the best card game in the world, please let me know. I would appreciate knowing beforehand so that I can have some idea of numbers and am able to make the necessary arrangements.

It is ideal if you can attend with a partner (not necessarily your life partner) since Bridge is a partnership game. However, it is not of paramount importance because there will be many people who attend alone and long-term partnerships are often formed during Bridge classes.

If you have any friends, acquaintances, colleagues or family members who would also be interested, please let me know and I will be delighted to get in touch with them. My contact details are below.

If you are unable to attend this class, the next ones are scheduled to run from  Saturday 13 January 2018 until 31 March 2018 and from 12 May 2018 until 28 July 2018. They will be identical in format to the one detailed above.

Intermediate/Improvers' Lessons

It is proposed to run an Intermediate or "Improvers'" Course aimed at the regular bridge player who would like to improve their game and also for those people who maybe have not played for a while and would like to "brush up" on their bridge but do not need to start from scratch.

The course will assume a good basic knowledge of the game even if it is "a bit rusty" and will consist of 12 lessons which will concentrate upon a review of modern, basic bidding practice and cardplay techniques. We will also be exploring some of the more commonly used conventions, discussing when and when not to use them and how they can help to improve your game. 

The learning experience will be very "hands-on" with an emphasis on practical examples being played at the table. Other topics can happily be included on request and by mutual agreement.

The cost will be $20 per person per session (RBC Members $15) and each lesson includes lesson notes and various hand-outs. You will also need to purchase one or two course books (cost: c$25) which are necessary because they contain additional material and exercises which, because of time limitations, may not all be included in the classes. These will be provided at the time of your enrolment. They also serve as a handy reference after the course has finished. In addition, you will be required to join the Coast Centre - cost $20 per annum.

Each lesson is split into 2 one-hour segments with a 10 minute break for complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits at the half-way point and is likely to take place on Thursday mornings at the Coast Centre for Seniors in Little Bay

All participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the conclusion of the series of lessons.

This course will only take place if there is sufficient demand to make it worthwhile for all concerned. To make the course interesting and stimulating for all participants, there needs to be, at least 12 people enrolled (ie 3 tables) - any fewer than that reduces the class's effectiveness.

Provided that at least twelve confirmed enrolments are received, the course will start on Thursday 05 October, 2017.

Provisional dates for Beginners' Classes in 2018 are:

1.  Saturday 13 January - 31 March 2018

2.  Saturday 12 May - 28 July 2018

3.  Saturday 22 Septrember - 08 December 2018

If you are interested, please get in touch with me - my contact details are as follows:

Stuart Packington Cert ABF, ABTA, ACBL

Bridge Teacher and

Resident Director,

Randwick Bridge Club

Tel: (02) 9661 4605

Mob: (0411) 342 637

 

Email: [email protected]  

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