I dont think this subject has been raised before , but I learned to play bridge in an 'after school' club which was started by Tony Cullingford. I think 'Marcus'Day was also involved , and maybe 'Wilbur'. I dont think it lasted more than a couple of terms, but sufficiently interested me to continue in my years at Nottm Uni, and I won the University Pairs Championship in 1966, and reached the final of the Notts County pairs. Sadly I gave up when I married in 1971 but I still read and study the 'hands' in the likes of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. Does anyone else play ?
When we started in the Maths Sixth Form John Whitley, Darrell Camm and I taught ourselves to play Bridge, along with Brian Horton who shared our form room (we also bought a table tennis table and a dartboard, and stored them in the stock cupboard). We used to spend breaks and a proportion of lunchtimes occupied in one or other of these pastimes. A few others in the Science Sixth also took advantage of the opportunity to do something worthwhile in the downtime.
These pastimes served me well at university and, along with snooker, provided an outlet when one of the more tedious lecturers was scheduled.