I learnt to play bridge in quite an unusual way. When I was about 8 years old, my parents decided to have private lessons on a recommendation of a friend of theirs. As a youngster, fascinated by cards, I used to come home from school and watch them play bridge for hours at a time, but I never actually played.
11 years later, now 19, my Mum one day asked if I would like to go to the bridge club with her to play. She had started to play a lot more bridge and was looking for a regular partner. I decided I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go.
When I began to play it was as if someone had taught me in my sleep! Within a few weeks I had progressed beyond the lesson structure at my local club (Sheffield) and I was ready to play in club duplicate sessions.