Simon Cope is a 36 year old full time Bridge Professional from Hertfordshire. He teaches and plays mostly in the North London Clubs, with occasional forays to the Young Chelsea. 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 tall friend Peter Crouch he won the Gold Cup in 2015 and 2018, and his first Crockfords in 2017. Winning the Spring Foursomes remains a burning desire as his favourite tournament of the year in England. Away from Bridge he enjoys watching sport, hacking around a golf course and spending time with his nephew and niece.
Read Simon's 'Top Table' interview - February 2013
Last updated: October 2018
Major International Selections
Junior European Championships: 2007 and 2011
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 and 2018
Tollemache Cup winner: 2015
Player of the Year Championship: 2015/16 - 13th; 2016/17 - 17th=