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  • Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) Virtual Conference

    Bridging Academia, Policy and Practice Virtual Conference

    Monday 28 June – Thursday 1 July 2021

    Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is bringing together bridge teachers, players, NBO administrators and academics from twenty countries. The aim is to exchange ideas, review case studies and share good practice in order to promote bridge more widely in society. For example, the final session will lead to the creation of a marketing campaign to increase participation in the game.

    The sessions will explore what drives individuals at different lifecourse stages to learn and continue playing. The conference will develop an understanding of the barriers to learning and benefits gained from the leisure activity. Insights will be shared in relation to inclusivity, inequality and participation. By focusing on the recruitment and retention of players, the conference will also consider new ways to transform the negative images of bridge.

    BAMSA hopes you will join us to share learning from case studies and exchange views of best practice. The development of educational resources in relation to each of the eight conference sessions will contribute to the wider recognition of bridge as a mindsport and social game. These will include practical implications for bridge education, policy and practice. For more information and to register for this free conference see:



    Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is hosting a free online international conference designed for bridge teachers, players, organisers and academics.  In addition to the live sessions, recordings will be available on the BAMSA website from May 2021. The full programme and more information (including the registration form) are on the BAMSA website.


    [1A] Mindsports in Academia & Society 

    Mon 28 June 2021  13:00-15:00 (BST UK) 08:00-10:00 (EDT)

    [1B] Wellbeing & Bridge

    Mon 28 June 2021  16:30-18:30 (BST UK) / 11:30-13:30 (EDT)

    Keynote Address Prof Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

    Book Launch: Bridge at the Top: Behind the Screens (with Jill Levin & Chip Martel)


    [2A] Impact of a Global Pandemic on Bridge 

    Tues 29 June 2021  11:30-13:30 (BST UK) / 06:30-08:30 (EDT) 

    [2B] Digital Bridge & Cheating 

    Tues 29 June 2021  19:30-21:30 (BST UK) / 14:30-16:30 (EDT)

    Panelists: Jan Kamras (EBL), Boye Brogeland and Steve Weinstein (World Champions)


    [3A] Ageing, Intergenerationality & Bridge

    Wed 30 June 2021  10:00-12:00 (BST UK) / 05:00-07:00 (EDT) 

    Social Identity, Ageing and Third-Places Polly Fong (Queensland, Australia)

    [3B] Gender, Sexism & Bridge

    Wed 30 June 2021 15:00-17:00 (BST UK) / 10:00-12:00 (EDT)

    Panel 1 Women’s Bridge: Segregation Pros & Cons      

    Panel 2 Sexism within the Game: Solutions? 


    [4A] New Approaches to Teaching & Recruitment 

    Thurs 1 July 2021  13:00-15:00 (BST) / 08:00-10:00 (EDT)

    Panel 1 Learning & Teaching Bridge               

    Panel 2 School & Youth Bridge: Retaining Learners

    Case studies: Czech Republic, Denmark, UK, India, Japan, Norway and USA 


    [4B] Marketing Bridge and Conference Close 

    Thurs 1 July 2021 16:30-18:30 (BST UK) / 11:30-13:30 (EDT)

    An Interdisciplinary Approach to Marketing Bridge (Bridge 2 Bridge) 


    Tuesday 29 June 2021 Conference Pairs, Prize-Giving and Q&A with RealBridge 

    15:00-17:30 (BST UK)            10:00-12:30 (EDT)


    Wednesday 30 June 2021 Bridge Taster for First-timers 

    18:30-20:30 (BST UK)             13:30-15:30 (EDT)

    Any queries to [email protected]


    Prof. Samantha Punch | Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA)

    Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Stirling

    Colin Bell Building, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland


    Bridge A MindSport for all – Connects People, Challenges Minds (


    Access our recent BAMSA paper: (Per)forming identity in the mind-sport bridge: Self, partnership and community at

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