Thanks to Will Wood - Redditch Standard 10 July 2008
TEENAGE darts sensation Zoe Jones is targeting success at the 2008 European Youth Cup at the University of Wales next week.
The Redditch 15-year-old has been called up to represent England for the first time and will aim for glory in Swansea when the event gets underway on Wednesday.
Zoe will have plenty of support in Wales with lots of family and friends making the trip west and the youngster admits she is looking forward to the tournament.
“As the event gets closer I have mixed feelings, one of excitement and one of nerves,” Jones told The Standard.
“I am pleased that family and friends from Redditch Trades and Labour Club Darts Team are coming to support me and I hope I play well for my country because it is such an honour.”
The teenager has made remarkable strides in the sport since throwing her first arrows just 12 months ago and Redditch Trades and Labour Club have recently agreed to sponsor her for £3,000.
Father Mark is extremely proud his daughter is taking part in such a prestigious event and can not wait for her to walk out in her England shirt representing her country.
Teams of four boys and two girls will represent each country and players have to be younger than 18 on July 16, 2008, to take part.
The teams arrive in Swansea on Wednesday and following a welcome dinner there will be a team manager’s meeting and welcome party for the players in the tournament hall.
The tournament sessions will then be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with presentations and a gala farewell dinner taking place on Saturday evening.
The boys singles and pairs are both knockout events and the girls singles and pairs are round robin events.
Teams from England, Sweden, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Gibraltar, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium will attend.
There are four groups in the girls round robin event and Zoe will come up against Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands on day one.