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Scotland seeded for U17 European Championships

SCOTLAND have been named as one of eight seeded nations for the Under 17 European Team Championships.

A record number of 37 countries will compete for honours in Prague from November 21-25 with Scotland, as one of the joint 5/8 seeds, drawn in Group 6 against Slovakia, Austria and Croatia.

Denmark are favourites for the title with England expected to meet them in the final if all goes according to seeding.

The joint 3/4 seeds are Turkey, who Scotland beat in the group stages of last year’s competition, and France. Germany, Czech Republic and Russia complete the list of seeded nations.

The U17 European Team Championships will run from 21-25 November and will be followed by the Individual Championships from 25-29 November.

Christopher Grimley claimed a singles bronze medal for Scotland in the individual events in 2016 but Scotland’s next generation of stars will be hoping to go one better in the team event than last year where, having beaten seeds Turkey in the group stages, a surprise defeat to Finland saw them finish second in their group, just missing out on qualifying for the quarter finals.

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “After the fantastic action we witnessed at the World Championships in Glasgow, it’s now time for our younger players to step into the limelight.

“We have some fantastic juniors coming through the ranks and they will no doubt have been inspired by seeing the likes of Lin Dan and Carolina Marin close-up in Glasgow last month.

“Hopefully they will be able to replicate some of Scotland’s successes from last year’s Under 17 Europeans and who knows, maybe some of them will go on to represent Scotland at future World Championships.”

Full draws for the U17 European Team Championships can be viewed at www.tournamentsoftware.com