EBU - Youth Team

Squad Managers

U26: Alan Shillitoe
U26 Women: Sally Brock; with Fiona Brown & Bryony Youngs
U21: Michael Byrne
U16: Sarah Bell

To contact any of the squad manager, or for more information on the junior squads, please write to the Selection Committee secretary Dawn Mertens, or ring her on 01296 317219, and she will pass on your enquiry.

Alan Shillitoe Alan is in his late thirties and works in computer modelling and simulation for a defence company. He learned to play when he was at school in Essex at the age of 15. His junior career was a case of last board-itis. Losing the Schools Cup final on the last board, losing the U25 Pairs final on the last board, going for 2200 on the last board of the 2000 Junior Trials....read more.
Sally Brock Sally started playing bridge in the 60s, and has played international bridge in five decades, so brings a wealth of experience to the position. She has won multiple gold medals in world and European events....read more
Michael Byrne Michael Byrne is in his mid-thirties and lives in Manchester, where he graduated from University in 2002. He has played in a number of international events, and is the most successful NPC in the history of the Peggy Bayer, leading his team to victory on seven occasions...read more.
Sarah Bell Sarah is in her mid-twenties and teaches chemistry - and bridge - at a top London school. She has played in numerous junior international events, and in 2015 made her full international debut in the Lady Milne Trophy...read more.