Jessie's proving a hot shot at both football and cricket
YOUNGSTER Jessie Jones is putting her shirt on making it big in football – or cricket – when she grows up. Several shirts, in fact.
The 13-year-old Ivybridge Community College student and central midfielder is due to pick up a new England football shirt after being selected for her age group.
She's just returned from a training camp where she rubbed shoulders with players from Arsenal and Chelsea.
And she turns out in the colours of the Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence.
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Then there's cricket. Cornwood Cricket Club's rising star has shirts from Devon under-17 girls, under-15 girls and was captain of the under-13 team.
Last year, she scored a century playing for Devon against Cornwall.
Jones also plays for her local club, Cornwood, in the men's third team.
Dad Graham, who played at a decent level in the Devon Cricket League, thinks his daughter might have got that part of her sporting make-up from him. But he's got no idea where Jones' prowess with a football has come from.
He said: "I used to play cricket, but I was also a rugby player, so I'm not sure where the football side's come from.
"She is excellent at both games and from a very young age has shown a will to win."
Jones has also received a glowing tribute from Devon FA director Mark Gammon.
Gammon said: "Jessie has been involved with the Plymouth Argyle and Devon FA Centre of Excellence since the age of 11. In this time she has developed as a player and a person.
"Such is her development she has been invited to a number of 'Elite Player' training camps with the England under-15 squads.
"Jessie is very much on the radar of the England set up and if she continues in this manner could find herself in the full national squad."