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Resident Professional Bridge Player & Teacher
Sean Mekie is in his twenties but has packed a lot of Bridge experience into his young years. He developed at Manchester Bridge Club. He made his England debut at the Paris Youth Open in 2015.
Playing with Basil Letts he won the Under 25 Championship Pairs at the 2015 Summer Meeting, having finished third in the event in 2014. He has also won Open Pairs events at the 2013 and 2014 Summer Meeting, and won the Swiss Teams event at the 2015 Riviera Congress. Sean continues to compete at the highest levels of Bridge.
He leads many of the 10CC sessions, including Supervised Play and Bridge Lessons across Levels. He provides 1-to-1 coaching and as a professional bridge parter at duplicate events.
Away from bridge he is an exceptional cook. Basically, Sean helps us play better bridge while preparing exquisite food for us to enjoy.
Simon Cope is a full time Bridge Professional from Hertfordshire. He leads a range of sessions for us, including Enhanced Lessons, teaching in our Symposia, and Supervised Play.
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 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.