Multiple world Champion Phil ‘the power’ Taylor is to fund the development costs of bringing 16 new players through to the professional circuit.
The idea of giving something back in the modern age of high earning professional sport is becoming more prevalent with golfer Miguel Jiminez ensuring the continuance of his local Open de Andalucia in recent years.
Taylor’s scheme will seek to identify young players that may be new to the sport through a network of Riley’s Darts and Snooker Clubs across Britain.
One of the main problems a sport like Darts faces in Ireland is its very close association with pub culture and the limited programme outside of this for players under the age of 18.
There is a Players Championship in Ireland, the sixth round of which takes place at Dublin’s Green Isle Hotel on April 29th and that does have a youth competition alongside the Men’s and Women’s senior event. The Grand Final is on June 24th at the Clonmel Park Hotel.
Speaking about his initiative Taylor, who was in Dublin last month with the McCoys League event at a packed O2, said “‘We are looking for someone who is like a sponge that will soak up information and advice so that we can help them reach the highest standard. It doesn’t matter what age they are or what their experience is. Our aim is to develop the ability they have.”
Find out more about the Ireland Players Championship at www.dartsinireland.com
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