Play with a professional darts player at the local youth academy

Residents of Blackburn will have the chance to play a few rounds of darts with a professional darts player to raise money for a youth organisation.

Northern Irish PDC player Daryl Gurney, also known as ‘Superchin’, will take part in ‘An Evening of Darts Show’ on Wednesday 6 July.

Blackburn Youth Darts Academy director Keith Brunt hosted the evening to help raise money for the academy, after Daryl ‘Super Chin’ Gurney visited a few weeks ago and was so impressed he said he would do an exhibition for free.

Funds raised will be used to cover the cost of new jerseys and to put all volunteers in level one training courses held by the Junior Darts Corporation.

Academy student Archie Macleod has been selected to represent England at this year’s JDC World Cup.

Mr Brunt said: “As you can imagine, we are delighted with the support we are getting from Daryl and professional MC Paul Booth, who is one of our ambassadors.”

Mr Brunt launched the Academy as a non-profit organization in 2017, with the aim of promoting darts to children and young people who are the next generation of the sport, and is looking for more volunteers and sponsors to help them.

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Youth Darts Academy studentsStudents of Blackburn Youth Darts Academy

He added: “Darts is a great sport for youngsters because not only is it fun to play, it’s great for improving kids’ math.

“Me and some members of my coaching staff actually helped out the PDC a few weeks ago with their Bullseye Maths program which offers school math lessons using darts as a new way to learn it.”

The Academy works within the local community, using sport as a way to help children aged 6-18 learn, improve and progress at darts while making new friends.

They recently worked with professional darts player James Wade at St Barnabas Primary School in Darwen.

Lancashire Telegraph: One of the students at Blackburn Youth Darts Academy One of the students at Blackburn Youth Darts Academy

The evening with world number 22 Daryl Gurney will take place at the St Pauls Working Men’s Club in Blackburn, where the weekly Academy training sessions and local competitions take place.

Everyone who attends the evening will have the chance to play Superchin Daryl on stage with a walk to the music providing the full professional darts experience.

Lancashire Telegraph: Another Blackburn Youth Darts Academy student Another Blackburn Youth Darts Academy student

Radio DJ and sports MC Paul Booth will also be there in the evening to welcome the brave and lucky darts competitors to the stage.

To help raise funds, a raffle and auction will also be available for everyone. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available to purchase by emailing [email protected]