To of Blackburn Academy's JDC Virtual Teams are currently on track to qualify for the World Championships to be hosted next year in Gibraltar. Team Panthers made up of Academy Players and Team Jaguar made from Academy Coaches are hitting above the overall mark required to qualify. They are looking at improving their performance in season 2 which commences on the 11th January. Mean while Team Tigers and Team Cougars will be combining for Season 2.
"2020 has been a year which none of us could ever of imagined, and has affected us all in someway. For us at the academy, having our doors closed since March with only briefly being able to reopen in September for a couple of weeks has been really difficult for all involved. We spent over £5000 to move venue, rebuild and ensured we was covid secure, with our risk assessments praised by the local Public Health Protection Teams, however we still are unable to open our doors due to our venue being a wmc. It's a real shame and our students are struggling. I have pressed our Local MP on this and she has sent my argument to the Sports Minister. Any WMC or pub that is used by community groups should be allowed to remain open if they are fully covid secure and maintaining all the rules. Many of our students have not even picked up a dart since march despite the Academy putting on Weekly Virtual sessions and competitions for them. This is because some don't like virtual, some don't have the equipment required to play at home. All the work we have done with our students is endanger of being wasted as their progression is being halted and reversed. We were one of the safest and most organised places to be. However, all we can do is wait for when the day comes that we can reopen. In the mean time we shall keep providing online activities for those who want to take part and planning for the day we can open again.
It has not been all gloom for us this year with 2 more students qualifying for the Junior World Championships, Gaining a new bigger venue for us to keep growing once we can get back to how we was, we won the JDC Community Award, We gained grants and more Sponsors and Partners which will only strengthen our progression, We are committed more than ever and will do what ever we can for youth darts within Lancashire. We do however require more volunteer coaches and mentors along with committee members so if anyone out there would like to get involved please get in touch with myself.
Our main focus now is to safeguard the academy and try to get our students back on the oche throwing again. Although we are all not out of the woods yet there is light at the end of the tunnel and I hope 2021 can be the year we can start getting back to normal again.
Id like to thank all the people who support the work we do and have done over the the years along with all our sponsors and partners, parents, students and of course all our wonderful volunteers and ambassadors. Thank you and keep safe as we look forward to seeing some of you at the academy sometime in the new year.
Academy Elite Students Jack Valentine and Jacob Hibbert have successfully Secured their passport within the JDC Virtual Event to qualify for the JDC Junior World Championships next year in Gibraltar. Both Students where on form throughout the event and deserve their places in the worlds. Director Keith Brunt had agreed to sponsor the 2 students with his business Sense of Zen for the event and will be there to support them. We all wish them all the best in the worlds as they represent our great academy.
Blackburn Youth Darts Academy has moved to its 4th venue since launching in 2017. Academy Director made the decision to move from their much loved venue the Two Gates in Darwen after he tried to find a way of reopening the academy safely with all covid restrictions in place. The Academy closed its doors in March due to Covid and once schools opened in September it was the perfect time to reopen the Academy doors in a bigger venue.
Keith explains; "Despite the Two Gates getting too small for the academy as we continued to grow before covid closed our doors, it was never in my plan to move the academy and the plan was to run additional sessions at the two gates. However after months of planning for our reopening, there was simply no way of reopening at the Two Gates if we was to be Covid Secure as the venue simply wasnt big enough for us to ensure all in their could keep a safe 2m distance. It was a devastating decision for the Academy and of course the Two Gates that have done so much for us as we did for them. It was a perfect Partnership. I went on to look at venues and found one perfect for us to run with all covid safety restrictions in place but also to grow the academy further once we get back to a more normal life. The new venue can facilitate our academy to more than double if not treble our current capacity for student membership. We will be able to run big competitions and some big dart Exhibitions from there. Its a big positive for the academy in the midst of all this gloom and doom".
The academy now based at St Pauls WMC in Blackburn now have 9 Dartboard set ups with a further 3 in storage ready to use when required. There is also a stage area which will be used in finals for youth competitions and for exhibitions.
The Academy reopened at the new venue for 3 weeks in September before having to close the doors again due to covid tier systems and are awaiting the green light for when they can reopen again.
Its Fantastic news and a great boost for the Academy to have John Gwynne as the latest addition to our Ambassadors. John is also a sponsor of the Academy and this is what he had to say about his new role within the Academy.
" Watching Blackburn’s Bradley Brooks take the World Youth Championship whilst I am preparing to write this piece undoubtedly makes it a deal more apposite than would have otherwise been the case.
I have watched with interest the development of the Blackburn Youth Darts Academy in recent years and, on one occasion, saw it in action.
That was a night in early March, pre-lockdown for COVID-19, when I turned up to see the club in action and to hand over a cheque.
I had decided to answer a plea from the BYDA for sponsorship of the certificates which are awarded to youngsters who have shown positivity, progress and potential over a given time, incentives which encourage players from six to sixteen to improve their game. The money I was happy to part with, I was told by Keith Brunt, would keep them in certificates for the next three years, probably four in view of the closedown during the pandemic.
I am thrilled to have been invited to be an Ambassador as well.
Darts has played a huge part in my life and in many ways. I played local league and Super League, I have run darts competitions, I have refereed at county level and prestigious competition finals as well as innumerable exhibitions with the top names.
It is well known that I broadcast on the sport, covering the BDO World Championships for BBC Radio Sport and, for 20 years, as a commentator on Sky Sports. Yes, darts has been very good to me.
That’s why I wanted to give something back.
And there is no more worthy a darting cause than that of supporting the young.
I look forward to seeing some of the boys and girls continuing to play the game into adulthood.
Who knows? There might be a future champion or two among them.
Even if there isn’t, it matters not if most carry on enjoying the game through life.
Wherever youth darts is encouraged, I will always be happy to offer support in one way or another.
Academy Director Keith Brunt was the winner of the 2019 JDC Community Award, which is the top award handed out to Academies from the JDC. Keith received his award from Michael Van Gerwen on stage at the Winmau MVG Launch in Cardiff in January. The academy also received £1000 from the JDC as part of this award. Keith will be invited to numerous events by the JDC as a guest throughout the year for winning the award.
What a fantastic day everyone had that attended the Blackburn Youth Organised Dimitri Van Den Bergh Exhibition at the Two Gates. 100 tickets were sold for the event with more being sought despite being a total sell out. Dimitri played all of the academy students on stage as well as members of the audience with 2 of our students winning Dimitri. Everyone had a great Sunday Afternoon and Dimitri even took the time to practice with the students before the Exhibition started and was impressed by 7 year old student Leo the Lion Lynch after getting a 180 against Dimitri. His Manager Mac Elkin also gave great words of encouragement to the students and praised the work the Academy does. The Academy raised over £1000 with this event which helped provide more opportunities for the students.
The First ever North West Youth Championships took place this weekend created and hosted by Academy Director Keith Brunt with youths attending from all over the UK including Surrey, Newcastle, St. Helens, Carlisle and Yorkshire. The day was superb and many good reviews where given online. Even Pro Players Darryl Fitton, David Evans and Diogo Portela came along to show their support for the event and engaged with the participants. This will be annual event hosted by Blackburn Academy which will gett bigger and better each year.
Blackburn Academy Students attended the Big Bang Tungsten event in Wigan hoisted by Mark Dean and took on some Pro players on stage in front of the audience. Students got to play against the likes of John Lowe, Devon Petersen. Joe Murnan and Steve Beaton. It was a great night and Mark Dean kindly donated a dartboard to the Academy signed by all the players.
Blackburn Academy has hit the Bullseye and managed to secure a Sponsorship agreement with TARGET. This is initially a 1 year deal and the academy is looking forward to being apart of team target. This is a huge boost for the Academy and really does put us a step beyond.
It gives us great pleasure to announce our partnership with IDA Roma. Officials from the Italian Academy contacted Blackburn Director Keith Brunt with the proposal of forming a partnership. Keith accepted the proposal and plans are now in process for Blackburn to visit IDA Roma next year and for them to visit Blackburn in 2021.
Laura Turner was delighted when Academy Director asked her to join the team in becoming the 4th Ambassador of Blackburn Academy, Keith and Laura hopes to attract more girls to take up the sport and join the academy.
BBC Radio Lancashire have contacted the Academy and asked if they could do a live 2 hour show on the Academy with the run up to the BDO World Trophy being held in the town later this month. Academy Director Keith Brunt was over the moon with this as it will be more great and positive coverage of the Academy and the hard work that goes on here. Keep an ear out for us.
Blackburn Academy will appear with a full page article in the world wide Darts Planet.TV Magazine next month and will then have our own featured section in each monthly Magazine. Darts Planet have been so impressed with the academy they want to support them by covering us in there magazine and also donating money to the Academy for each magazine or product purchased from them online using coupon code BYDA17 at checkout. This is a brilliant and kind gesture from them and we are looking forward to appearing in this fantastic darts mag. So please help support us and buy your copy using the code and read all about us each month.
Tony Oshea has became Blackburn Youth Darts Academy's 3 Official Ambassador. We are proud and excited to have Tony joining the team along with Darryl Fitton and Alan Warriner-Little. Together the 3 of them will really be beneficial to the academy in helping it grow from strength to strength. They are 3 great guys who all have a real interest in youth darts and the future of the game. Even though Alan and Darryl call the trio the three stooges, We thing they are 3 of the best Stooges ;)
Blackburn Youth Darts Academy have got all of the latest and best software installed on all of their tablets and laptop ready to run our own Academy league and competitions with the use of Darts Connect and darts for windows. The Academy also uses go darts pro to enter students scores LIVE at academy sessions for the JDC Routine which can find students securing themselves a place in the world championships or the super 16 events.
The Academy will use all the stats from all the software to monitor students overall progression along side students progression books we have in place. All parents and students will also receive a match report from Darts Connect for each match played.
Some of the students, parents, coaches and volunteers joined Director Keith Brunt at the King Georges Hall for the Volunteer Awards Finals Evening. Everyone had a great time and some nice food and all the kids where well behaved. It was a great experience to be in the final for Grassroots Club of 2019 and to be nominated for numerous other categories. Unfortunately this year wasn't meant to be for us but it was still a great achievement to receive so many nominations, votes and to be 1 of 3 finalists.
Owen Anderson was crowned the first ever Champion of Blackburn Youth Darts Academy Green Zone Grand Slam of 2019. Owen played great all the way throughout the 5 week competition seeing him getting through the group stages into the knockout stages.
The Academy are now actively seeking more volunteers and coaches to help at academy sessions. If anyone can spare 1 or 2 saturday afternoons each month then why not email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is great to be a part of a fantastic team and to give something back, contributing to the future of the sport.
The group stages of this years Green Zone Grandslam are nearly complete and it look as though the majority of the qualifiers going through to the knockout stages will be the under 10's green zone warriors. We have seen some great darts with plenty of ton+ and even some quality 180's and high check outs along the way. Who will be this years Finalists as they compete to become the GreenZone Champion.
A few Students entered this months Adult competition at the Two Gates Social Club in Darwen that takes place on the last Firday of every month. However, it was Student Charlie Maynard, that impressed many entrants on the night hitting four 140's and beating numerous adults including ex academy student Jordan Hoole to get to the quarter finals.
Unfortunately Charlie bowed out in the quarters losing 3-1.
Charlie has been with the academy since 2017 and is one of the longest attending students along with Dylan Hadfield. Both students have came on leaps and bounds since attending the Academy. Charlie currenly a yellow shirt is getting close to graduating to a green shirt whilst Dylan is a Blue shirt
Students travelled to Chester to compete in the Chester Youth GrandSlam on May Bank Holiday Monday hosted by Reilys. All the students played really well throughout the day, but it was 9 year old Blue Shirt Harrison Kirby that reached the Final of the 8-12 yrs Group. Unfortunately, it wasnt to be for Harrison on this occasion and was beaten by 12 year old es Blackburn Academy Studen Charlie Voorhees 4-2.
Harrison took home some prize money for coming 2nd in the comp which is an achievement in itself. Harrison is a very strong contender for his age and a name we are sure will be heard of a lot in the darting world in years to come as he continues to develop his skills and confidence here at the Academy.
aBlckburn Academy have sucessfully done it again, we have got 8 students graduating in season 2 of the 2019 jdc routine league gaining a higher grading and shirt colour. This is the 3rd season running that the Academy has achieved to gain 8 graduates which makes them very consistant in developing their students to higher skill level. A big well done to all graduates and the team who work so hard with the students to progress in the game.
Students and Officials created a storm when they went on tour to Blackpool for the Kevin Painter Exhibition. The spectators and Kevin himself loved the students and the Academy after making a good impression when some of the students took to the stage to compete against the Professional Darter.
It was a wonderful moment when Academy Director recieved an email to inform him that Blackburn Youth Darts Academy had been Nominated and Shortlisted for Grassroots Club of 2019. This is a fantastic peice of news and a proud moment for the Academy and its officials who work tiredlessly for the students and for the future of the sport. The winners of the award shall be announced at a special event next month. Keep your fingers crossed for us everyone!
The Academy Officials and Students really enjoyed watching ex student Nathan Care at the Jdc Tour in Chorlton and everyone was rooting for him to win his first tour after getting so close on many previous occassions. Care left the academy in January so he could focus on the tours and competitions around the country on a weekly basis, but he is still very much in the heart of the academy, still visiting academy sessions to watch his younger brother Zac Care and the Academy follows Nathan's progress. Nathan secured a place in the Final after making a fabulous come back against Luke Littler. Nathan versed Derbys Henry Coates in the Final who had played some amazing darts throughtout the day, however Nathan's performance on a higher level in the final and he secured a 5-1 win putting himself in the Junior World Championships for the 2nd year running. See you in Gibralter Nathan!!!
Student Dylan Hadfield was the Winner on the day that made all the fences and didnt fall at the last hurdle, has he pushed hard till the end in order to secure the cup in a dramatic and tense final.
Tickets are now on sale and are selling fast for the Academy;s next darts exhibition which takes place on Sunday 13th October 2019 12:30pm till 6pm. All VIP tickts are now sold out and just standard tickets remain at just £10 each. All spectators will be in with a chance of playing against the 2 times world youth champion as well as enjoy his moves as he dances on the oche. Official walk ons will take place along with a raffle, sports auction and lots of quality darts. Why not get your tickets now to secure your seat before its too late. Ths is one exhibition you really dont want to miss out on. email email@example.com to book your tickets today.
Now that the Academy's Premier League is over, the next big event is on its way. This time its the Greenzone Grand Slam. Students will be drawn into groups and the top of the groups will proceeed to the knockout stages of this event. Who will take home the Grand Slam Trophy and the cash prize in the Finals night. This will be a handicapped event based on students gradings sfter season 2 of this years JDC routine.
9 year old Student Harrison Kirby has been growing from strength to strength since joining the Academy 1 year ago. Starting on white shirt Harrison has managed to achieve Blue shirt grading just missing out last season by 1 point on achieving a red shirt. Harrison has been hitting black shirt scores lately which is remarkable for his age. Not only has harrison progressed in the routine, got to the premier league finals, the st helens comp final but he has now set a new record for the 9 dart bullseye challenge with a staggering 58 points after hitting 4 bulls. Harrison is defiantely a strong player and a name to look out for in the future.
Blackburn have finally moved into our new home venue The Two Gates Bowling Club in Darwen just in time for their 2nd year Anniverary. It has taken a lot of time and hard work to search and secure a new home and build the set ups but its all now done and we are settling in perfectly. The new venue now consists of an extra dartboard meaning with 6 boards, the academy can keep expanding and offering more youths more opportunities in the sport.
During the opening day , students had a team competition and enjoyed some cake to celebrate our 2nd birthday. Here is to many more happy returns.
Blackburn played host to St Helen's Academy for their Annual knockout and challenge competitions. 2 knockouts took place on the day including a under 12's and a over 12's comp. The undr 12's saw Blackburns 8 year old Zac Care and 9 year old Harrison Kirby make the final, with Zac Care winning the title. Over 12's saw st helens Tom Callaghan and Blackburn's Charlie Voorhees in the final with Tom just managing to secure the title. Lots of 180s and high checkouts where achieved by both academies on the day. Once the knockouts had taken place, the Academy challenge took place where each academy played all their students against the other academy students. Blackburn won the challenge gaining most wins to lift the cup. Another fantastic achievement and more silverware for the academy.
The Home of Blackburn Youth Darts Academy, The Cabin End, has announced that it will close its doors soon, as the Brewery have decided to sell the property due to the amount of repairs required on the building despite the pub being a community asset with numerous groups using the venue as well as the Academy. The cabin has been the academy's home for nearly a year and has made everyone feel welcome. It will be truely missed by all and the Academy will now search to seek out a new home venue within the town and surrounding areas.
After months of playing matches in the Premier League, the top 4, Harrison Kirby, Dylan Hadfield, Matthew Emett and Zac Care took to the stage for the finals night. Amazing darts where thrown by all in front of a crowd but it was 8 year old Zac Care which was crowned theis years Premier League Champion after hitting numerous 140's and getting a 150 checkout on the night . Zac took home the Prmier League Trophy along with a Fifty Pound Note. Zac then did a exhibition playing members of the crowd who were pulled out via a raffle. Zac played brilliantly all night and shared the highest checkout prize with Matthew Emett whom also achieved a 150 checkout.
Students, Parents and Officials enjoyed the Annual Academy Christmas Party by having a parent and student darts competition along with lots of fun, music, food, presents and even a visit from Santa himself.
Director Keith and Head Coach Barry made their way down to Bristol to watch and support 14 Year Old Student Nathan Care compete in the JDC Junior World Championships. The Draw was made and Natahsn group was nicknamed the Group of Death due to the standard of players in the group including the European World Champion Brad Philips. Despite this Nathan won the Group stages after beating Brad with a 12 and 14 dart legs hitting a a record average of 115.6 which sent social media into a frenzy. Nathan made it into the last 32 however unfortunatly got beat by the 2 times world champion Rusty.
This was a fantastic achievement for nathan not only to Qualify but by getting such a win and avaerge in his first ever major event.
Nathan Care has managed to secure a qualifying place in this years JDC Junior World Championships in Bristol, taking place in December. Nathan Initially qualified via the JDC routine which takes place each week at Blackburn Academy but also qualified via the oom at the JDC Tour Events. Well done Nathan, we shall be heading down to to Bristol to cheer you on and show our support as an academy.
Blackburn Academy decided to host their own darts Exhibition to give the students more opportunities to meet and play against more pro players but to also help raise funds buy selling tickets to the public. This Exhbition was with Jamie Caven who travelled up from Derby. Jamie who also runs a JDC youth Academy played 26 legs against the students, coaches and the public and gave some great words regarding the work the academy does. Jamie played well all evening with only 2 people beating him all night. one being the Academy Head Coach.
Director Keith, just missed out on a 180 against the pro which put Jamie under pressure but unfortunatley this wasnt enough and Jamie secured the leg.
Students, Academy Officials and Parents recieved free tickets from the JDC for the PDC Grand Slam and travelled down to Wolverhampton to watch the top flight play. Students where lucky enough to get on TV and also had a suprise visit in person by Michael Van Gerwen who took time out to come and say hello and have a photo. This was a fantastic evening and another great opportunity given by the JDC and Blackburn Academy.
Blackburn Youth Darts Academy's Director Keith Brunt and Coach Andrew Jones, travelled down to the JDC HQ in Bristol to complete the Level 1 International Darts Coaching Qulaification. The Academy is aiming to have all coaches qualified to Level 1 whilst Director Keith is looking forward to gaining higher levels when they are available in the future.
These qualifications are a great asset to the academy and show that the academy is a professional outfit with all necessary qualifications, checks and legalities in place.
Students enjoyed a full day and night trip to Yorkshire. Firstly they attended a youth competition in Bradford during the day competing against many talented youngsters, before heading to Barnsley for a darts exhibition featuring Andy the Pieman Smith and BDO Wrorld Champion Glenn Durrant along with hthe World Trophy which students got to hold. Some students got to play against the pro players and one lucky student was given a signed shirt by a lady who won it in the auction paying quite a sum for it. The shirt had over 50 signatures on it. Yorkshire made us feel very welcome.
Blackburn Youth Darts Academy ran a Adults only Fundraiser night packed with entertainment. The sell out event raised more than £700 for the Academy and everyone who attended enjoyed the vocal and funny side of the brilliant female impersonator Miss Sugar as well as the bingo, raffles, auction and open the box. Lots of laughs where had by all efore everyone took to their feet for a dance. We can wait for the next evening of entertainment to take place on 2019.
BDO Player and Head of Youth Development for Target, Darryl Fitton was over the moon when Academy Director invited him to become an ambassador to the academy. Darryl will make a great asset to the team and academy and already has visited the academy to watch the students.
Students recieved free tickets to the exhibition and enjoyed the night with some getting the chance to play against the pro, with 1 or 2 even getting a win over him. The students love going on tour playing against the pro's and legends of the game. They are looking forward to their next tour.
Blackburn's First Ambassador Alan Warriner-Little Made his first visit to the Academy during a session at the Cabin End. Alan was very impressed with the set up of the Academy and brought a signed shirt for the Academy. Later in the evening Alan enjoyed a night out with all the Academy Coaches and volunteers, abling him to get to know everyone better and assist with making the academy grow stronger.
Blackburn Academy enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Preston Guild Hall for the Grand Maters of Darts Eric Bristow Memorial Trophy. Blackburn obtained free tickets to the event and Ambassador Alan Warriner-Little came into the crowd and took the students and officials behind stage to meet all the players and have photos with them. They met Ted Hankey, Tony OShea, Colin Lloyd, Trinia Gulliver MBE, Wayne Mardle, Peter Manley and Bobby George. All the kids really enjoyed this and one student Kieran Thompson was lucky enough to have the event sponsors invite him up on stage to play against Colin Lloyd. Kieran won Colin hitting the double with the first arrow.
Academy Captain and Lancashire Youth Player Nathan Care has won the first ever Jack Dowding 9 dart Bullseye challenge after he saw off all of the competition entrants which included youth players and academy coaches from numerous academies present on the day. The challenge was won by Nathan achieving the highest score on the day with 44 points. Blackburn Academy Coach Andrew Jones was unlucky and close behind with 43 points. A great effort from all our academy who took part and congrats to Nathan who played exceptionally well all day in all comps and unfortunately got beat in the semi final of the green zone comp.
Blackburn certainly had a busy weekend attending the JDC first Green Zone Development Tour the morning after their trip to the Grand Masters of Darts. All students played well in this competition and really enjoyed the day meeting students from other academies such as Tamworth, Stafford, West Midlands and Paignton.
The Academy was pleasantly surprised when Angela Smithson rom the Accrington and District Darts and Dominoes League visited the academy and announced that they had raised £130 for the academy at the Graham Crabtree Memorial Trophy 2018. This was a fantastic gesture from all that took part in the Memorial Trophy and all at the academy are truly grateful.
Accrington and Rossendale College have began working closely with Blackburn Academy. Students from the college have started work placements at the academy under the supervision of the Academy Director. The first wave of students have come from the Media department and are in process of producing a promo video for the academy.
The college's Sport Science dept are also keen to work with the academy in the future which will see students coming and working with the kids carrying out profiles on them which will assist the coaching team in developing the students and improving their overall performance.
Students enjoyed Cake, Pizza and sweets as part of the official opening of its new venue and to mark the academy's first anniversary. The students enjoyed games of darts and music at a relaxed first session and party. Everyone enjoyed the day with a great atmosphere.
After Careful consideration by the Academy Director Keith Brunt a decision was made to move the Academy from the Beechwood Club to the Cabin End. The new venue is perfect for growing the academy further with the option to run more coaching sessions throughout the saturday and also to introduce a youth league and various competitions to the area.
Keith and head coach baz have been working very hard to get the new venue ready, building our own free standing dartboard set ups that look the bees knees. The venue has sky sports, a full pa system, more seating and are more flexible for room availability. We cant wait for our official opening day on Saturday 24th March 1pm.
After Keith met up with Alan Warriner - little at the JDC conference a couple of weeks ago, keith decided to contact Alan and ask him to become the Academy's 3rd Ambassador which Alan was Honored to accept. This is another great step forward for the academy and we cant wait to have him visit one weekend.
Keith and Baz went down to Bristol a couple of weeks ago to the JDC annual Conference, it was a great day and theymade lots of great contacts. They had a fantastic meeting with Michael Van Gerwen, Chris Mason, Alan Warriner - Little, the PDC, Sight right inventor and Darts Connect CEO amongst other acdemy Directors and JDC officials. Lots of good ideas were shared and friendships made. They cant wait to meet up with all these great guys again soon. In the evening they all went out to Steve Brown's Bar 501 and all played a little darts comp together using the fantastic Darts Connect which Blackburn Academy will be bringing in this year.
Our very own Nathan Care aged 13yrs has been scouted recently by Lancashire Youth who watched him win a 13 to 18 yrs competition between numerous Academies hosted by Blackburn Youth Darts Academy. Nathan had a cracking day being crowned champ checking out 123, 113, 112 and a 106 to beat his opponents and hitting some 180's. Lancashire youth's Manager and Captain where both amazed by Nathans performance and confidence and signed him up without hesitation. This is great news for both Nathan and the Academy.
Blackburn Youth Darts Academy decided to play host to members from St Helens Academy, FDA Academy and youths from around the country on Saturday 21st January 2018 by holding a multi academy competition with 2 age categories; 6 to 12yrs and 13 to 18yrs. Blackburn won both Categories after seeing off some strong contenders. Winner of the 6 to 12 category was Louis Jones with runner up our own Kieran Thompson and winner of the 13 to 18 Category was Nathan Care with runners up being JDC star Ross Gilder from Chester.
Some members of Blackburn Youth Darts Academy went to watch a Eric Bristow Exhibition recently and they really enjoyed it.All 4 members who attended got to play against Eric, and 6 yr old Charlie Maynard managed to beat him after hitting a ton first 3 darts and finishing with his first dart at d16!