Darts: New Doncaster Protege League set to be launched in June

Dean Winstanley went from the Doncaster League to the PDC.
Dean Winstanley went from the Doncaster League to the PDC.

A new darts league aiming to offer players a leg up into the big time is to be launched in Doncaster later this year.

The Doncaster Protege League will start in June and hopes to enroll the town’s next generation of players.

Competitors will play for bigger prize money and the chance to compete for a PDC Tour card, according to organiser Richard Curry.

Curry also told the Free Press that darts needs to move with times in Doncaster and says the proposed Protege League has been backed by the long-running Bob Nellis League.

“We need to darts in Doncaster to move forward,” he said.

“The sport has taken off in recent years and the aim of this league is to bring through more young players. In some of the existing darts leagues you still have to play nine games of darts and nine games of dominoes. But the Protege League is purely about darts - and hopefully it will give more players the opportunity to go further in the sport.

“It’ll be different to the other leagues already in existence. It’ll be for teams of five, rather than nine, and there’ll be additional competitions which will provide a path to national finals and the chance to earn a PDC Tour card.

“We’ve already got nine or ten teams signed up,” he added. “New teams are very welcome.”

Interested pubs, clubs and individuals are invited to a meeting at the Railway Hotel on Tuesday, February 3 (7.30pm). For more information contact Richard Curry on 07914 116187.