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All ages welcome
Students free


  • Do you have to be young to play at the Young Chelsea?


No, there is no upper or lower age limit—you are never the wrong age to play at the Young Chelsea. Although the Young Chelsea is particularly welcoming to young players, there are many older members, some of whom have belonged since the club began in 1968.


  • Can you play for free at the Young Chelsea?


Maybe. It helps to be young enough. Bona‑fide full‑time students get free membership, as well as paying no session fees for regular club games. (Students are typically junior players; the club decides to whom it will offer student rates.)


  • Can you play for a reduced rate at the Young Chelsea?


Maybe. If you are a junior player who no longer qualifies to play for free, you pay a reduced session fee (usually half‑price).


  • Do you have to be a member to play at the Young Chelsea?


No, you can come along to any session, play as a visitor and continue to do so. Visitors pay more per session than members. (For very occasional visitors the club may choose to waive the extra amount.) If you will be playing in more than about 15 sessions in a year, it will cost you less to become a member for that year.


  • Does the Young Chelsea give EBU Master Points?


Yes, the club is an English Bridge Union affiliated club. Successful players in regular club duplicates are awarded EBU Master Points. (Master Point ranks are a record of lifetime achievement.) Results in regular club duplicates also count towards the EBU National Grading System, which is an indicator of current performance.


  • Does the Young Chelsea teach bridge?


Yes, the club regularly runs courses for beginners and improvers. The club holds occasional seminars for more advanced players. See the classes page for more information.


  • Why is the Young Chelsea not in Chelsea?


When the club began, it met in Earl’s Court, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It was nearer to Chelsea in those days than it is now. When the lease on the club’s long‑term premises in Barkston Gardens in Earl’s Court ran out, the club had to find new premises. In the summer of 2015 the club moved into its new purpose‑built premises in Goldhawk Road near Shepherd’s Bush.



Page last updated 20 September 2019