ABF Teacher Trainers
Joan Butts is the Australian Bridge Federation’s National Teaching Coordinator. In this role, she trains teachers and bridge players all over Australia.
Joan began playing bridge when she was 25 and has represented Australian in world championships. Her passion is bridge education. She has taught thousands of people how to play, at the bridge club she has owned for 25 years and all over the world.
She has written four books and plans to write more. She is also busy developing lessons and resources, both online and in person, to help more people discover bridge and improve their skills.
In her role as National Teaching Coordinator, Joan conducts the Teacher Training Program and Continuing Professional Development Days.
Cath Whiddon is the ABF’s first Teacher Trainer. Cath has been playing bridge since her university days and has been teaching bridge since 2010. Her initial eight-week beginners’ course for six students at the Peninsula Bridge Club has evolved into the Peninsula Bridge Education Program which in 2013 celebrated its 100th member completing the program.
Apart from her role as the Director of Bridge Education at Peninsula, Cath has been the NSWBA bridge education representative for NSW with being the Metro rep for all bridge clubs in Sydney. Cath also works as a bridge teacher and director on a couple of cruises each year.
As a Teacher Trainer, Cath will be runs Teacher Training Program days.
ABF Accredited Teachers
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New South Wales
Brisbane Water Bridge Club
Central Coast Leagues Bridge Club
Matt Raj Mal
Cootamundra Bridge Club
Glen Bridge Club
Grange Bridge Club
Gunnedah Bridge Club
Sandra Curran & Dianne Hasler
Hawks Nest Bridge Club
Hunters Hill Bridge Club
Illawarra Bridge Association
Narrabeen Bridge Club
Parramatta Bridge Club
Port Stephens Bridge Club
Randwick Bridge Club
Toronto Bridge Club
Arana Bridge Club
Goondiwindi Bridge Club
Sunnybank Bridge Club
Australian Capital Territory
55Plus Seniors Club Tuggeranong
City of Melville Bridge Club
South Perth Bridge Club
Peninsula Bridge Club is an ABF Accredited Teaching Club that prides itself on its friendly and fun environment. Based at the Nelson Heather Centre in Sydney’s northern beaches area, the club has approximately 600 members, a very busy events calendar and a successful education program.
“We are seen as the friendliest, fun bridge club around. Players come early to socialise and stay after a game to review and chat,” Peninsula Bridge Club Director of Bridge Education Cath Whiddon said.
Bridge lessons are the not-so-secret recipe to Maitland Bridge Club’s success.
Established in 1975 and currently home to 165 members, Maitland Bridge Club Vice President and Bridge Teacher Jenny Coyle said the club’s friendly vibe and educational focus helped attract and keep new members.
“The club is noted for its friendly and caring atmosphere,” Jenny said.
“We attract new players through ‘word of mouth’ as well as from the distribution of leaflets advertising lessons for those people who are interested in learning to play bridge. Lessons are also advertised on our website.”