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There is a beginners' course each year, with each lesson followed by card-play where you can practise what is being taught.

Beginners’ Lessons

 The club runs a beginners' course every year, for those who are totally new to the game and for those who have played bridge in the past and would like to to take it up again. The next course starts on:


Wednesday 6 April 2016 

7pm-9pm, running for 11 weeks


Cost: Only $60 for 10 lessons and continued play for the rest of the year. Bring a friend and the lessons cost $100 for two.



You start to play bridge on your very first night! Each lesson begins with an explanation of the evening’s topic and, after a short supper break, is followed by card-play where you can practise what is being taught.


At the end of the formal lessons you will spend the next months playing in a supported situation: you will be playing with other novices (although you can also join in main club play whenever you want to), and a director is on hand to answer questions that come up.


How to enrol


Sound like you? To enrol, just email us on rotoruacontractbridgeclub@xtra.co.nz


or telephone:


Gill Nelson                         346 2911


or Roger Dempster             348 5995


Learning bridge at the Rotorua Bridge Club is fun and friendly, and you are supported throughout your first year of play. Below is the club’s midwinter dinner in June: at this social evening, which marks the end of the formal classes, new players meet other club members and play social bridge.



























Why Play Bridge?

Are  you thinking of taking up the greatest and most popular card game in the world?


If you have never played bridge before, or you are keen to start again, do come along to our annual club lessons, which this year starts on 6 April.


Bridge is a truly fascinating game that you will enjoy for the rest of your life. Its other pluses are that it keeps the mind alert, and it’s good for your social life – you meet so many interesting people and you are sure to find some new friends at the card table.


One of the reasons bridge is so wonderful and continues to be stimulating is that it is a complex game, and so we run a course of bridge lessons every year for people who are new to bridge and for those who have played it years ago and would like a refresher.


If you’ve never played before, how do you know whether you will like bridge? There are some clues!

·        Do you enjoy other card games? Most bridge players have also enjoyed playing other games. And if you have played 500 or euchre in the past, you will already know some of the basics of bridge.

·        Do you enjoy crosswords, sudoku and similar puzzles? Many bridge players do too.

·        Do you want a challenge? Even learning the basics of bridge takes some effort – and after that the learning never stops.

·        Are there some evenings when you’d you rather be out playing an enjoyable game with other people than sitting at home watching television?


If you are still not sure bridge is for you, come along anyway – you can come to the first lessons with no commitment at all. Or if you know anyone who plays bridge, ask them about the game – bridge-players are very enthusiastic about it because bridge really is a great game – if you try it you are very likely to get hooked!



 These are some quotes about bridge that will tell you more about learning the game.


If you are interested and would like some more information on the basics of bridge, these links will help.


Do come and join the wonderful world of bridge – we’d love to see you at the club.






        During the beginners' course you play cards under the guidance of senior club members who answer questions and give help when needed. After the end of the formal lessons in June, novices can play together for the rest of the year, with a director on hand to answer any questions that arise.