Simon Cope

Simon Cope is a 39 year old full time Bridge Professional from Hertfordshire. He teaches and plays mostly in the North London area. Away from the teaching side of things, he enjoys playing tremendously, particularly if it offers the opportunity to travel to the major championships. His favourite trip so far was as coach of the England Open Team to the World Championships in 2008, where they went to Beijing and came home with a silver medal. Having frequently coached the Open Team, he was asked in 2012 to assume the role of NPC for Dublin and the Europeans. England qualified for the Bermuda Bowl for the first time since 2005, and Simon captained the side in that Bermuda Bowl in Bali as well as in a subsequent Europeans where they won Bronze in Croatia (later upgraded to a silver medal following the disqualification of the winning Israeli team) and the resulting Bermuda Bowl in Chennai where an agonising 4th place finish was recorded. After that, he gave up NPC/Coaching roles to focus on playing (with an occasional return to captain U26 teams).

In partnership with his good friend Peter Crouch he won the Gold Cup in 2015 and 2018, the Crockfords Cup in 2017, and in 2021 added the Premier League. Winning the Spring Foursomes remains a burning desire as his favourite tournament of the year in England, but so far is the one that got away. They also won the Silidor Pairs to lift a first national title in America in Philadelphia in 2018. Away from Bridge he enjoys watching sport as well as hacking around various golf courses.

Read Simon's 'Top Table' interview - February 2013

Last updated: January 2022

Major International Selections

Junior European Championships: 2007 and 2011

Camrose Trophy Selections: 2022
Junior Camrose Selections: 2006
Peggy Bayer Trophy Selections: 2001
Gold Cup Winner: 2015 and 2018
Crockfords Cup winner: 2017
Brighton Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 2008
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 2011 and 2012
National Point-a-Board Teams winner: 2016 2018 and 2022
Tollemache Cup winner: 2015
Player of the Year Championship: 2015/16 - 13th; 2016/17 - 17th=; 2018/19 - 2nd=
Premier League: 2021