Andy Fordham, RIP
It is with deep sadness that we have to report that former England International, Andy Fordham has passed away earlier today.
Everyone involved with England Darts passes on their condolences to Jenny, their children and grandchildren.
Andy represented England 34 times and recorded 21 victories, he also played in six WDF World Cups and three WDF Europe Cups and he was part of the1995 record breaking England World Cup team that won every Gold Medal, Andy won the pairs with Martin Adams.
When Andy was in a darting venue you always knew where he was as he would be surrounded by fans and players alike and the area would be full of laughter.
The darting world, literally all over the world will be mourning one of our game's greatest characters today and there will be some great memories and tributes for him.
Andy, it was a pleasure to have known you and someone who I will always remember fondly.
RIP Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham.
Cleveland Youth Grand Prix Cancelled
We are sorry to announce that the Cleveland Youth Grand Prix that was due to take place in Thornaby has been cancelled.
England Youth Grand Prix
On Sunday 1st August, England will hold two Youth Grand Prix events, one in Tamworth, Staffordshire and one in Thornaby Cleveland. Both these events will carry a £300 prize fund and both will enable players to gain ranking points in their quest to qualify for the England National Youth Grand Finals in Cambridgeshire, along with the possibility of being awarded places in the World Darts Federations World Masters, and World Championship Grand Finals held at the Lakeside in early January 2022.
England darts are the only organisation which uniquely caters for boys and girls events in separate sections for qualification into World Events sanctioned by the World Darts Federation.
All players under 18 are welcome whatever affiliations they may have, whether they are current members or just wanting to come along and test their abilities on a one off.
Entry for both events can be made through the England Website online services tab, and can be completed quite easily. The Discounts for membership have been made automatic, with the proviso that any youth players can become a member prior to entering the events to also receive the discounted entry and entry into the monthly prize draw.
Youth Grand Prix Poole Cancelled
England Darts has been informed that there has been positive covid tests from the venue of the Youth Grand Prix in Derby last weekend.
England Darts has a duty of care to the children and parents who support our events; therefor we are cancelling this coming weekends Youth Grand Prix at Poole.
We do apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, but like all community activities, protecting the health and welfare of the children, has and always will be our overriding concern, especially with our children having no protection from vaccinations.
We will refund all entry fees from the event, and hope to organise in conjunction with the management of the club in Poole for an alternative date.
Please keep safe everyone, until we can meet up again.
Thanks for your concerns
Chairman England Darts Organisation 08.07.21
England Youth Grand Prix Poole Dorset
The 2nd event in this year’s England Youth Grand Prix moves to Poole in Dorset this coming Sunday, at the Branksome & Upper Parkstone Conservative Club.
The event is open to all youth players under 18, and features separate sections for boys and girls as well as a mixed event all on a round robin basis, so all the kids have several games on the day, rather than a straight Knock-out.
The Grand Prix is an ideal opportunity, for all youth players to start on their darts careers, and making new and lasting friendships through a family based darts environment.
There is £300 prize money on offer at each event, and the opportunity to progress to the all England Grand Finals of the Youth Grand Prix later in the year.
The England Youth Grand Prix, is a qualifier for the World Darts Federations, World Masters and World Championship.
The Grand Prix performances are used as part of the selection procedures for inclusion into the England National Team for the British Internationals, to be held in April 2022.
England Open 2021 Confirmed
England Darts invites all dart players to the fabulous White Horse complex at Bunn Leisure, in Selsey, for the World Iconic England Open.
The event caters for all standards of players from the ambitious of our sport, where success will guarantee a stage position in the 2022 World Darts Federations World Championships, along with qualification to the World Masters in December, to the occasional fun players who just love the atmosphere and camaraderie of meeting up with old friends, and love to play in Pairs and mixed events, to the up and coming stars of the future, our youth players starting their careers amongst some of the legends of our sport. Truly a darts for everyone, and the most enjoyable event in the darts calendar, for young and old alike.
Please make sure you book early to avoid disappointment, as many of our fellow countrymen are choosing holidays at home rather than abroad this year, so accommodation is at a premium.
Entries for all events can be made through our New Website www.englanddarts.co.uk goto online services tab, for members there is the usual discounted fee, and for non-members there is an opportunity of becoming a member and reducing the entry fees subject to T & C’s.
9th September 2021 (Thursday) British Men's Pentathlon
10th September 2021 (Friday) England National Singles Men's & Ladies Opens
11th September 2021 (Saturday) England Open Men's, Ladies and Youth
11th September 2021 (Saturday) England Open Mixed 4’s
12th September 2021 (Sunday) England Open Men's and Ladies Pairs
12th September 2021 (Sunday) Stage Televised Open and National Singles Grand Finals.
England Youth Grand Prix
England Darts will be holding a Trial for places in the British Internationals Championships to be held 1st - 3rd April, 2022. The member counties have the opportunity of entering 1 Man and 1 lady free of charge into the event as part of their membership T & C's.
The deadline for this opportunity terminates on 30th June 2021.
County Nominations should be sent into England Darts by County Officials and confirmation will be sent to each county.
The event is open to all players of English Nationality (except.128 Tour Card Holders)
The event also offers qualification into the WDF World Masters and World Championships.
For players not nominated by their Counties entry can be made through the England Website, www.englanddarts.co.uk (online services) members discounts apply again T & Cs apply.
England Youth Grand Prix
The 2021 England Youth Grand Prix series of events starts at the Cueball Club, Mansfield Road Derby DE21 4AW,
on Sunday 4th July.
The events comprise of a Round Robin Group system, with the winners qualifying for the knock-out stages of the events. The Robin Robin Groups are mixed, but the knock-out stages are separated into a Boys and Girls section championships, with point allocations towards the Grand Finals.
The number of events in the series has had to be reduced due to the Covid restrictions, despite these event reductions we are pleased to announce that our team of organisers have been able to secure the National Youth Grand Finals to be held at the GER Sports Club in March, Cambridgeshire on 14th November 2021.
A slight change in the process of entry this year, with our new website providing an online facility for all the events, please visit www.englanddarts.co.uk and the online services tab on the information bar.
This online process will enable the organisers to prepare the actual draw sheets for the events, prior to the players arriving at the venues.
Youth England members receive entry fee reductions at Youth Grand Prix events as well as entry into the monthly prize draws. Youth memberships will also entitle discounts on the senior England Ranking events for the very first time.
You can join the membership scheme through online services, as above.
Next Event: 11th July at The Branksome & Upper Parkstone Conservative Club, 271 Ashley Road Poole, Dorset BH14 9DS
Online Event Entry System
England Darts new Online Event Entry facility is now open for business.
Players are now able to complete entry and payments to The England Open Darts Festival to be held during 10th – 12th September 2021 at the Bunn Leisure White Horse Complex in Selsey West Sussex.
The England Open event is sanction by the W.D.F as a Gold Ranked Tournament with the winner of both the Men's and Ladies Championships gaining direct entry into stage finals of the W.D.F World Championships to be held in the new year.
For players who are already members of England there is an opportunity of securing discounts on all 4 singles championships during the Festival, alternatively players can become members before they place their entries and receive the same discounts. A full list of events and entry criteria can be found on the Event Information Page.
The England International Men’s and Ladies Trials for inclusion into the England International Team at the British Internationals will be available for entry from Wednesday 26th May at 20:00.
The event will be held in conjunction with the iconic British Open on Friday 15th October, 2021 at the Spa in Bridlington.
The two winners in addition will qualify for the WDF World Championships and World Masters to be held in December 2021. Discounts will apply for England members.
England v Russia - Sunday 11th April 2021
Online Youth international (Friendly)
History was made recently when the youth teams of England, Scotland and Wales played each other in the first ever British International Youth Online Challenge and whilst the main object was to give the youth players a different opportunity during the pandemic, we were delighted to see England take the title.
As this was deemed a great success for the youths, we are now pleased to announce that England have arranged Online Youth International Friendlies against both Russia and Hungary.
The first of these, International Friendlies will be played this Sunday when England and Russia will play a match, based on the four person teams that is played as part of the WDF World and Europe Cups, it will see each player playing all four players in the opposing team over just one leg of 501.
The England Team is made up of four players who played in the British International Youth Challenge and a further four players who will be representing England for the first time.
The girls team will be spearheaded by Beau Greaves who has an incredible record for England youth, having played a record breaking eight matches in the youth British Internationals, winning all eight matches, plus two further wins in the recent online challenge matches. She will be joined in the team by the new England Darts Diamond League Champion, Lauren Stokoe. Diamond League Runner Up Eleanor Cairns and Diamond League semi-finalist Rosie O’Connor make up the girls team.
Three of the Boys, Tavis Dudeney, Luke Littler and Nathan Potter all played for England in the recent Youth Challenge and they will be joined by Leo Beechey who will be making his first online appearance for England. Luke is the current Diamond League and Online GP champion, Tavis and Nathan are already seasoned regular players in senior County darts and Nathan started his International career with a 180 in his very first throw, Leo joins the team as he showed consistent performances in the Online GP and Diamond League events recently.
We wish them all the very best of luck against Russia.
2021 British International Youth Online Challenge
Congratulations to the England team on winning the British International Youth Challenge match over the weekend with a 5-1 win over Wales and a 4-2 win over Scotland.
It has been great to see players from all three Countries have the opportunity to represent their Countries, for some it will be their last appearances for the Youths and for others it will be the start of their International career.
We thank all the officials who have put in a lot of work to make this weekend happen. For England the next weekends will see them play online matches against Hungary and Russia.
|20/03/2021||Brad Phillips||3-4||Kyle Walker||0||1|
|20/03/2021||Tavis Dudeney||4-0||Josef Honeyman||1||0|
|20/03/2021||Shannon Reeves||0-4||Chloe O'Brien||0||1|
|21/03/2021||Beau Greaves||4-0||Sophie McKinlay||1||0|
|21/03/2021||Nathan Potter||4-3||Josh Leitch||1||0|
|21/03/2021||Luke Littler||4-0||Dean Fitch||1||0|
|20/03/2021||Chloe O'Brien||4-0||Stacey Davies||1||0|
|20/03/2021||Josh Leitch||4-1||Liam Butler||1||0|
|20/03/2021||Josef Honeyman||3-4||Cole Davey||0||1|
|21/03/2021||Sophie McKinlay||4-1||Ffion Leigh-James||1||0|
|21/03/2021||Dean Fitch||2-4||Ieuan Halsall||0||1|
|21/03/2021||Kyle Walker||1-4||Connor Hopkins||0||1|
|20/03/2021||Stacey Davies||0-4||Shannon Reeves||0||1|
|20/03/2021||Cole Davey||1-4||Luke Littler||0||1|
|20/03/2021||Ieuan Halsall||3-4||Brad Phillips||0||1|
|21/03/2021||Liam Butler||0-4||Nathan Potter||0||1|
|21/03/2021||Connor Hopkins||4-1||Tavis Dudeney||1||0|
|21/03/2021||Ffion Leigh-James||0-4||Beau Greaves||0||1|
England Youth Squads Announced
England Darts are delighted to announce their Youth Team Squads for the forthcoming Youth International Friendlies versus Russia and Hungary.
On Sunday 11th April England Youth will play Russia in a WDF Team Format match, which consists of a Best of 17 leg match where each player plays each player in the opposing team over one leg (similar to the Six Nations format but just with 4 players).
The second International friendly sees England Youth take on Hungary Youth on Saturday 17th April. this will see an expanded format used in the British Internationals with 8 boys and 4 girls from each side taking part in this match.
The side for this match was selected from those who had competed in the Online Grand Prix Series and Diamond League Qualifiers and focuses on those mainly outside the England Youth side and those who may be involved in future years.
These matches will be steamed live on the England YouTube channel by TC Streams and while Full International Caps won't be awarded, players will be awarded Official Online Caps.
Youth Official Bradley Kirk states 'It is a great opportunity for these youngsters who have been supporting our events in these testing times. With the possibility of WDF International Events later in the year and lack of recent information to select the teams we have felt its important to provide Youth with opportunities as laid out in the Online Grand Prix Series, Diamond League and these Youth International Friendlies. it is important we continue to provide these opportunities and look to develop youth players to continue to compete on the world stage and part of this is looking at younger players and giving them pathways for the future and this is illustrated by the young squad we have picked for the Hungary match which includes the likes of Lauren Stokoe, Lewis Mayes, Archie Self and Olly Raywood who are all at different stages of their development and all have the potential to make the full England Team in future years.'
|GIRLS' TEAM||BOYS' TEAM||GIRLS' TEAM||BOYS' TEAM|
|Eleanor Cairns (Lancashire)||Leo Beechey (Buckinghamshire)||Eleanor Cairns (Lancashire)||Leo Beechey (Buckinghamshire)|
|Beau Greaves (Yorkshire)||Tavis Dudeney (Sussex)||Amy Evans (Clwyd Youth/Cheshire Seniors)||Nathan Bell (County Durham)|
|Rosie O'Connor (Warwickshire)||Luke Littler (Merseyside Youth/Cheshire Seniors)||Rosie O'Connor (Warwickshire)||Tavis Dudeney (Sussex)|
|Lauren Stokoe (County Durham)||Nathan Potter (Suffolk Youth/Norfolk Seniors)||Lauren Stokoe (County Durham)||Luke Littler (Merseyside Youth/Cheshire Seniors)|
|Lewis Mayes (County Durham)|
|Olly Raywood (Humberside)|
|Archie Self (Berkshire)|
|Evan Willoughby (Berkshire)|
England Youth Diamond Darts League
The qualifying rounds of the England Youth Diamond Darts League sponsored by Montagu Properties Services have been completed with the successful 8 boys and 6 girls moving into a round robin league format starting on Friday 5th March and continuing throughout March until the top 4 boys and girls take part in the event Grand finals on 27th March.
All the matches will be streamed on the England Darts YouTube Channel by TCStreams.
Full details of times and players’ schedules will be released in the next 24 hours.
Once again England’s ongoing commitment to youth darts is highlighted by yet another unique tournament supporting both boys and girls.
Our sincere thanks to the main sponsor Montagu Properties Services and the many donations from dart players and supporters, without which, the events would not be possible, once again a massive well done to our superb England Youth officials.
Welcome To England Darts
Everyone at England Darts are pleased to see the launch of the new England website. Many people have put a lot of work into the site and will continue to do so, but the new site wouldn’t have been possible without the planning and setting up done by David Ballantine who has put in many hours behind the scenes. Thank you David.
There are still some items to be added to the new site, but the old site is still available and will remain available until all the relevant information has been transferred. Just go to the archive button above.
2021 Six Nations Announcement
At a meeting this week of the Executives of the 6 Nations International Darts Championships, as a result of the ongoing health implications from the Covid 19 Virus and the continuing possibility of travel restriction still affecting the countries, it is in the best interest of our players welfare, that it is unrealistic to attempt to hold the event in June this year. Therefore the event will be cancelled for 2021, and re-scheduled in Scotland in 2022.
RIP Rick Cousins
Today England has received the devastating news that our friend and colleague Rick Cousins has passed away. Rick was a truly lovely guy, he was an integral and irreplaceable part of England Darts, one of the unsung heroes of our Organisation, who behind the scenes set up the venues with our small group, was available for all of the jobs that needed to be done during the duration of the events.
All this apart Vic, Greg, myself and the other Directors had so much fun and banter with Rick in the days of event preparation and shared lots of evenings together at the bar after the day's work had finished, sharing darts and family stories, just so much fun.
I know I speak for everyone in England Darts, this is one of the saddest days in the history of our Organisation, losing such a diamond of a person like Ricky Cousins.
We send our sincere condolences to his wife Sandra and all of their family and friends in the UK and Japan.
Chairman - England Darts
RIP Rhoda Harby
On behalf of England Darts we would like to send our condolences to the family of former England International, Rhoda Harby who sadly passed away on Monday.
Rhoda played twice for England, winning against Wales but losing against Scotland.
At the time Rhoda played for England she was playing her County darts for Hampshire, who she played for 147 times over a 25 year period. Rhoda also played for Avon and Dorset, without doubt there will be many of her friends that will be sad tonight but recalling many happy memories of their time with her.