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Participant Information/Informed Consent 

Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse

You are invited to participate in a web-based online survey on learning and playing the card game of bridge. You have been invited to participate because you are either a club secretary or teacher at a club. This survey is part of a research project being conducted by Kevin Judge, a research postgraduate, at the University of Stirling. The research has been funded by EBED (English Bridge Education and Development), EBU (English Bridge Union), SBU (Scottish Bridge Union), IBU (Irish Bridge Union), NIBU (Northern Irish Bridge Union), and WBU (Welsh Bridge Union), and University of Stirling. 

***This survey should only be conducted by a club secretary and teachers/tutors from UK and Ireland bridge clubs.***

***A specific section has been included concerning the impact of COVID-19 at the beginning of this survey (after Composition of the Club). Only questions in this section should deal with this issue of the outbreak - thank you*** 

It should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

About this project 

The research project seeks to understand why people participate in bridge and explore the barriers and motivations experienced during early stages of learning and playing the game. This phase of the project has been designed to collect data from the perspective of the club and those who teach at clubs. The research is interested in the strategies employed and the methods of promotion for those embarking into the game of bridge. It is also seeking to explore the ways in which clubs try to retain players. It focuses on 2 particular age groups younger players (12-18 years old) and older players (50-65 years old), and returning players of any age (but who have been absent from the game for at least 10 years). It is understandable that not every method or strategy of promotion will be successful, therefore this survey is an excellent opportunity to share good practice, advice, experiences and recommendations.

Basically, the survey seeks to strengthen the sustainability of bridge.

The survey will be live from Thursday 14th May 2020 until Friday 31st July 2020.

Please read through these terms below before continuing with participation.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty by closing the browser. You are free to decline to answer any particular question for any reason.

Legal basis for processing personal data

As part of the project we will be recording personal data (for example, gender and the club you represent) relating to you. This will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Under GDPR the legal basis for processing your personal data will be public interest/the official authority of the University.

What happens to the data I provide?

Your answers will be completely anonymous, and we will use all reasonable endeavours to keep them confidential. Your data will be stored in a password-protected file and may be used (anonymously) in academic publications.

Your personal data will be kept for 5 years on Research Drive – a secure data centre on the Stirling campus and then will be kept securely in an archive. 

If you choose to contact the researcher, your survey responses may no longer be anonymous to the researcher.

Keep in mind that no names will be included in any publications or presentations based on these data and your responses to this survey will remain confidential. However, some details that you provide may make the club identifiable.

The researcher and supervisor will have access to research data.

Some questions will be open-ended and this will give respondents some freedom to discuss their own observations. Therefore, we ask all participants for their permission to use direct quotes. 

Future uses of the data

Due to the nature of this research, it is very likely that other researchers may find the data to be useful in answering other research questions. We ask for your explicit consent that your data can be shared in this way and, if you agree, we will ensure that the data collected is untraceable back to you before letting others use it.

Will the research be published?

The research will be published in academic journals of age, leisure, and play, and will contribute significantly to the researcher's doctoral thesis. The results will be presented at academic and funding conferences. Any possibility of dissemination through mass media will be promoted through UK bridge unions websites.

The University of Stirling is committed to making the outputs of research publicly accessible and supports this commitment through our online open access repository STORRE. Unless funder/publisher requirements prevent us this research will be publicly disseminated through our open access repository.

Who has reviewed this research project?

The ethical approaches of this project have been approved via The University of Stirling General University Ethics Panel.

Your rights

You have the right to request to see a copy of the information we hold about you and to request corrections or deletions of the information that is no longer required.

You have the right to withdraw from this project at any time without giving reasons and without consequences to you. You also have the right to object to our processing relevant personal data. However, please note that once the data have been analysed and/or results published it may not be possible to remove your data from the study.

Whom do I contact if I have concerns about this study or I wish to complain?

If you would like to discuss the research with someone the PhD student, Kevin Judge, can be contacted at

Alternatively, concerns about the research can be discussed with Prof Samantha Punch at

You have the right to lodge a complaint against the University regarding data protection issues with the Information Commissioner’s Office ( The University’s Data Protection Officer is Joanna Morrow, Deputy Secretary. If you have any questions relating to data protection these can be addressed to in the first instance.

Electronic Consent

Please consider the following information carefully:

  • You have read and understood the above information
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You voluntarily agree to participate

By continuing with the survey you give consent to the above terms and conditions.

Thank you for your participation and please continue with the survey.