WDF Europe Cup Youth

Initiated by Denmark the Europe Cup Youth is first held in 1990. The first five editions are all hosted by Denmark, after that the host country changes.

The Netherlands is, especially in the boy’s tournament dominant since the start of the event. The first ever edition is won by Peter van Tilborg. In total a Dutch boy wins the singles title fourteen times. Jonny Nijs and Jeroen van Leeuwen are the only two boys to have won the tournament twice.

In the girls event both Caroline Lee (ENG 1995-1997) and Ann-Louise Anderson (1990-1992) took home the singles title three times. Lee also took the pairs event in each of those years. Still you don’t hear a lot of the girls after they progress to the ladies events. The champions that do catch your eye are undoubtedly Mieke de Boer and Anastasia Dobromyslova, as they did make a good transfer from the girls to the ladies. In more recent years Zoe Jones and Casey Gallagher have also made a successful move to the ladies game. Ann-Louise Anderson makes an impact later on in her career as Ann-Louise Peters.

Still it took a while before the first juniors made an impact in the men’s events. Vincent van der Voort, Stephen Bunting and Michael van Gerwen are regulars at the big senior tournaments with some great results. Steve Douglas, Joey ten Berge and Max Hopp have played at major televised tournaments, but so far haven’t made a real impact.