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Kid’s Got Talent - James Jordan, Age 16

Q. Briefly explain your talent.

I am an English Pool Association (EPA) pool player.

Q. When do you practice, with who and for how long?

I try and play at least 20 frames of pool a night, sometimes on my own, sometimes with other pool players.

Q. Are you a member of a club or a team?

I play for the Arlesey Social Club Pool team on a Monday night (in Baldock Pool League) and on Wednesday night (in Biggleswade and District Pool League). I am captain of the Bedfordshire County Youth Pool Team.

Q. Do you enter competitions, have you ever won any prizes?

There are lots of competitions you can enter as a pool player. I have only entered local competitions so far. I am 2018 under 21s winner for the Baldock Pool League. I have also won ‘Man of the Match’ trophies for the county team as well.

Q. What do you like most about playing pool?

I enjoy the competitive side of the game. I like a challenge and love the buzz of winning a game! I have also made a really great circle of friends too.

Q. How does pool compare to snooker?

Pool is a much faster paced game than snooker. I think Pool will soon become more popular than Snooker in the future.

Q. What are your goals/dreams/visions?

I would love to play for England and eventually become World Champion. I am currently on track for a chance to enter the England trials this year.

Q. Who is the best pool player you have ever met?

I was lucky enough to meet the 2018 IPA World Champion, Ben Davis, in November last year. He autographed my pool cue and I even played a frame of pool against him (I didn’t win!).

Q. Any advice or tips for anyone wanting to play pool?

Anyone can learn to play pool - but you must be dedicated and practice hard to progress in the game. Also, don’t be disheartened if you lose, it’s all experience and we try and learn from our mistakes.

If you want to come and have a go, come and find me at Arlesey Social Club, I’ll be glad to give you a game!

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