ENGLAND selectors have once again kept faith with Keelan Kay and he will represent his country in the World Darts Federation’s European Youth Cup, which begins on Thursday in Ankara, Turkey.
The 16-year-old will be one of a four-man team which will also include Jack Vincent, Brad Phillips and Alex Gurr.
The tournament will consist of a team, pairs and singles championship and all three events will start with round robin groups with the best two teams, pairs and players advancing to the knockout stages.
The boy's pairs will be the first event to be contested and Kay, with partner Jack Vincent, have been drawn in a group with Scotland, Ireland and the host nation, Turkey.
The singles will start later on Thursday and Kay has been fortunate to be drawn in a group of only three players and will come up against Aaron Rahlfs (Germany) and Iceland’s Patrekur Jonsson.
The team event will be contested on Friday and the England quartet find themselves in the same group as Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
All semi-finals and finals will be played out on Sunday and the England players will be hoping to be in the mix and go one better than their runners-up to The Netherlands last year in Sweden.
England’s boys face a tough task against some of the best young players in the world but will be hoping that one of them can emulate Jarred Cole, who last year became only the sixth English boy to win the individual title in the 28 years since the tournament's inauguration.
The girl’s teams consist of only two players and England will be represented by Shannon Reeves and Beau Greaves, who at just 14-years of age, has been a sensation this year on the BDO Ladies’ circuit.