Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of England teams for international events, or defining and managing the trials processes (especially the Premier League) by which teams will qualify to play for England.

    U26: Michael Byrne
    U26 Women: Claire Robinson
    U21: Ewa Wieczorek
    U16: Oliver Cowan

    The current structure of the Selection Committee is as follows:

    World Championships:

    • Bermuda Bowl* (Open) and Venice Cup* (Women) - Selected
    • D’Orsi Bowl (Seniors) - Selected/Trials

    World Bridge Games (formerly Olympiad):

    • Open*, Women*, Mixed, Seniors - Trials

    European Championships:

    • Open*, Women* - Trials and selection
    • Mixed, Seniors - Trials

    Home Nations Internationals:

    • Camrose (Open) - Primarily trials (Premier League)
    • Lady Milne (Women) - Partly trials, partly selected
    • Teltscher Trophy (Seniors) - Trials

    All junior events:

    • Under 26s*, Under 26 Women*, Under 21s*, Under 16s* - Selected

    Invitation events (eg: NEC, Chairman’s Cup):

    • Selected

    The Selection Committee (in conjunction with the NPC) oversees the preparation of teams prior to a championship (coaching, practice matches, etc). After the events they review the Captain’s report and any players’ feedback.

    The Selection Committee also provides on-going coaching for Junior squads, co-ordinated by the four squad leaders.

    All these activities are managed within the budget provided by the EBU Board.

    * These teams have their expenses paid from within the Selection Committee’s budget. Nearly all other events are part funded, with the players themselves, or a sponsor, making up the difference.