12 Nov, 2021

We are delighted to announce the latest arrival to Elite 1, Eleanor Cairns. The 17-year-old darts sensation is one of Lorraine Winstanley's signings to the programme since taking over as Head of Youth Development this August. Lorraine told us "When I went to watch Eleanor play, I was very impressed with her professional approach to the game as well as her talent. She has great competitive spirit and I think she has what it takes to make it to the top of the game."

Eleanor will join a team that boasts some of the brightest talents in darts. The programme aims to produce the future world champions of the game and when asked about signing for Elite 1 Eleanor told us "I always used to say 'that will never be me' so when I got the call to join I couldn't believe it."

The St Helens born darts player burst onto the darts scene earlier this year and currently sits in the number 1 spot of the WDF UK girls' rankings after picking up multiple titles throughout 2021 including the British Classic Girls Trophy. Even though she feels like there is pressure on her shoulders, Eleanor doesn't let it phase her "I have the support of my family and friends wherever I go so it makes me feel a lot more comfortable."

She now has her sights set on being top of the women's rankings and has dreams of one day getting her hands on a PDC Tour Card; however, she is in no rush and said "I am just looking to get my name out there at the moment and when I play any of the big names, I just want to get a leg or two out of them to know that I am almost there."

Q-School is next on the agenda for Eleanor but she isn't putting any unnecessary pressure on herself and told us "I am going to give it go I am not expecting anything but I just want to see what it Is like and enjoy the experience."

Target's Managing Director James Tattersall said "we are really pleased to sign such a phenomenal young talent to our Elite 1 team, Eleanor has already proven what she is capable of and we are really excited to see how far she can go in her darting career with the support of Lorraine and our programme."

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