Amateur players urged to sign up for “FA Cup” of darts

BORDER’S amateur darts players can enter the “FA Cup of Darts” next month when the UK Open sponsors Speedy host an official qualification event in Glasgow with the help of the reigning champion, Scotland’s own Robert Thornton.

Players hoping to realise a lifelong dream to play in one of the world’s most famous tournaments can now take their first steps by clicking on sports.speedyservices.com and registering for the Scottish qualifier which takes place at Hampden Park on Monday 15th April.

An Official Partner of the PDC, Speedy will be hosting four Regional Qualifiers in total where registered entrants will embark on a 15 dart challenge. On the night, the highest 16 scorers will go on to play in best-of-three leg games of 501 to decide which eight players will make it through to play at the Speedy Services UK Open in Bolton from June 6-9.

Attendees at Hampden Park will also have the chance to pick up tips and advice from the 2012 UK Open winner Robert Thornton, who defeated world number one Phil Taylor to win the tournament’s final last year.

Speedy, the UK’s leading equipment rental and support services company, has enjoyed a highly successful sponsorship of darts’ UK Open since 2011 and is hoping that this year’s competition will be an even bigger success.

Speedy’s Head of Brand Marketing & Communications, Dan Walmsley, said: “We can’t wait for the qualifiers to begin! We will be supported by Robert, who will be sharing his professional advice with our Scottish qualifiers.

“In previous years we have held the qualifiers at our depots, but due to the overwhelming response we’ve had over the past two years, we’ve had to look for bigger venues, and that’s why we have chosen to visit some of the UK’s most iconic homes of sport.

“There are a limited number of slots available for our qualifying events so players will have to be quick. Anyone who wants to take part will need to pre-register at sports.speedyservices.com.”

The Speedy Services UK Open Qualifiers will be held on the following dates:

Monday 15th April – Hampden Park, Glasgow

Wednesday 17th April – Old Trafford football ground, Manchester

Monday 22nd April – Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Wednesday 24th April – Alexandra Palace, London

Tickets for the Speedy Services UK Open are now on general sale. Full details can be found by visiting www.pdc.tv/speedy-services-uk-open.