About SBU Membership (2019-20)

Membership of the SBU is open to all bridge players, aged 12 years or more on 1st September of their first year of membership.  Usually, a player will subscribe through an affiliated club in Scotland by nominating that club as their primary club, i.e. their home club.  Members can join more than one affiliated club, but must name one specific club as their home club, and pay their SBU fee via that same club.

  • The SBU membership year is from the 1st September to 31st August, irrespective of any club membership year (which is often different).
    Members are entitled to attend/vote at SBU General Meetings - the AGM is held in May each year.  
  • Junior members are members who on 1st January in the current season have not reached the age of 25. They are eligible for a 50% reduction in the annual SBU membership fee, plus SBU, District and club competition entry fees, and playing fees for trial events during the whole season, irrespective whether these playing fees are levied by the SBU, District or affiliated clubs. Where there are supplementary charges, for meals or accommodation, for example, these are not generally discounted since they are often provided at cost.
  • SBU Membership is also available on a “DIRECT” basis, via payment directly to the SBU. 
    All current paid-up members of the SBU, including Direct members, can subscribe to the quarterly magazine called the “Scottish Bridge News” (SBN), see details below.

How to Join the SBU as a DIRECT MEMBER

Send an email to giving your name, address, and a telephone number, it is as easy as that.

Annual subscription fees differ according to membership type.

For the year of 1/9/2019 to 31/8/2020, fees are:

  • £10.00 for ordinary (adult) members: payment due 30th November via the home affiliated club.
  • £5.00 for juniors: payment due 30th November via the home affiliated club.
  • £13.00 for direct members: payment due 30th October direct to the SBU.
  • Membership fees, having increased for the past few years, will remain stable for some time - but always best to check.
  • For payments please see below (Bank transfers preferred but only with adequate references such as SBU number).

Get the SBN Magazine

The SBN magazine is available to all SBU club members for an additional annual fee of £12 when paid in cheque form, and reduced to £10 when paid for via a Standing Order or a bank transfer.

Farquharson Trophy

Magazine subscribers plus Direct members are entitled to play for the Farquharson Trophy.  SBU members living at the same address as a subscriber or direct member may also play.

Handbook of the Master Points Scheme (HOTMPS)


All correspondence to

George Plant – SBU
21/5 Falcon Road West
Edinburgh EH10 4AD

SBU bank a/c details            Bank of Scotland

               80-06-83                00942229
Cheques to be written to  “
Scottish Bridge Union” in full.


W L Whyte
Member Services Committee
19th February 2020