New captain Jones aims to carry on winning ways

Angela Jones has pledged to build on the existing strength of the squad she will inherit in her new role as captain of the England senior women’s team.

Jones takes over from Debbie Richards who stepped down from her post at the end of the successful 2019 campaign.

Kent senior county player Jones has promised to adopt an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ strategy when taking charge of a group who were last year crowned European champions.

However, she will look for the marginal gains that could help the women regain the Home International title from Ireland. England were denied victory in heartbreaking fashion last year via a countback.

Jones said: “It’s a real challenge for me to help the team maintain the high standards set under Debbie’s captaincy.

“I know Debbie well having played with her over the years and also helped her with some aspects of her captaincy.

“Through work, I am based in Belgium part of the time. I was able to help Debbie with course notes when the Europeans were in Belgium at a venue I knew well.

“I got a feel for her role at that time and was delighted to be given this chance.

“I’m starting from the position of it isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it.

“But, of course, that does not stop you looking to make improvements.

“You can always look to find that 1% from somewhere – the critical non-essentials that you hear so many people speak about at the top level in sport.”

Jones is a fine player in her own right – playing off a handicap of four at Canterbury Golf Club as well as enjoying membership at Kampenhout Golf Club on the outskirts of Brussels.

She will continue to play in England Golf senior women’s events and study the form and also the interaction between squad players as she plots for the Europeans and Home Internationals later in the season.

Having decided to take a phased retirement from her role in her own management consultancy firm, Jones is ready to devote more of her energies to golf this season.

Having built a career as an expert in leadership and organisational culture, Jones should feel at home skippering England.

She added: “I love playing senior county golf for Kent and will continue to play as much as I can this season.

“I already know most of the women from competing against them over the years and playing this year will give me the chance to observe as many potential squad players as possible.”

England , pictured above after their 2019 triumph, will defend their European title at the BlackseaRama Golf Resort in Bulgaria in September.

The Home Internationals will take place later that same month at West Kilbride Golf Club in Scotland.

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