On March 19th 2017 the Inaugural David Davenport Cup was held at London's Portland Club in St. James Square. We had 40 bridge players, 38 of them children from the schools supported by the David Davenport Foundation: Schools represented were:
Westminster Harris Academy
Kings College School Wimbledon
Westminster Under School
St Pauls Girls School
St Pauls School
Putney High School
Kings College Junior School Wimbledon
The New Beacon School, Sevenoaks
As we had two children pull out through illness we had some last-minute adult substitutes: thanks to our trustees, Patricia Davenport and Giles Hargreaves and also to James Handscombe, headmaster of Westminster Academy - responsible for bringing 8 pairs and also to Morten Bilde, who had flown over especially from Denmark, where he also teaches bridge in schools, having given up his paid job two years ago to dedicate himself to children's bridge.
We split the event into two sections of 5 tables with three boards played at each table. The Portland Club provided delicious refreshments and the best card-room in the world.
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