Scotland call up

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WITHIN only one year of Angus Darts Academy starting up in the town, two of the students have progressed to claim the highest possible accolade!

Jamie Roy (17) and Rebecca Graham (11), both Arbroath, have been selected to play for Scotland Youth during 2013. This is an incredible feat for the youngsters as youth darts in Scotland is very competitive, and is also of a high standard.

Jamie and Rebecca received their call-ups on Saturday at the Central Youth Open in Riley’s, Stirling. The news of being selected for Scotland gave them a major boost and they went on the complete an Angus Darts Academy clean sweep at the tournament.

Jamie won the boys’ event from a field of over 50 youngsters from all over Scotland. In doing so he also picked up the first prize of £120 and the Championship Trophy, but also as a bonus he has now qualified for the 2013 Winmau World Youth Championships to be held in Hull in October.

Rebecca’s story is even more remarkable due to her young age. ‘Becca’ only turned 11 in January this year and has a great eye for darts. Her ability surpasses her tender years.

On Saturday Rebecca defeated the Scottish ranked number one and two girls at under-18 level en-route to winning the tournament and picking up the Championship Trophy. She dropped only one leg during the day and in the final won convincingly 3-0 to cement her place in the Scottish Youth Team for 2013.

The duo’s first taste of International darts will come on home soil with the British internationals in April in Glenrothes, Fife, when Scotland takes on Wales and the ‘Auld Enemy’, England.

Darts Academy founder and coach Alan Soutar has also been selected again to play for the senior Scotland side at this event along with BDO Lakeside World Champion Scott Waites, Martin Adams, Tony O’Shea and many other household names in darts.

Other events that Jamie and Rebecca will be called upon if selected will be The Youth Europe Cup which is held in Budapest, Hungary, in June and also the Youth World Cup which is due to take place in Newfoundland, Canada, in October.

There are exciting times ahead for the youngsters and Alan Soutar believes that this will be the first of many Scotland Youth call-ups for Angus Darts Academy youngsters.