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'Bridging the Gap'

The project, run in collaboration with the Stamford Bridge Club Buddies, has been highly successful and extremely enjoyable. Each week, several members of the Stamford Bridge club join with pupils to learn the game.

Following the Starter Bridge programme (developed by Liz Dale) the pupils have progressed from complete beginners to understanding the full game. However, the benefits of Bridge are far more reaching than simply learning the game. Pupils have developed skills of co-operation and team work, logical thinking, mental calculation and good sportsmanship. Also, the enjoyment that both the Stamford Bridge Buddies and the pupils have had working together has been a joy to see.

Year 5 teacher, Karen Smith, who supports the club in school commented “With this generation becoming ever more tech savvy, it is refreshing to see pupils enjoying the simple pleasures offered by a card game. The Bridge Club will be continuing in the New Year with new members joining and hopefully with the established members beginning to enter into competitions with other neighbouring schools.”