MAD to refresh amateur darts traditions

By CJ Harris Hulme 20/01/2021

MAD's ongoing crusade, to restore pride and purpose to amateur darts, appears to be moving ahead at pace.  Recent announcements include the Pub to Pro event, The MAD National Championships and the British Amateur Open. Word reaches Darts World's ears that they may also be looking to boost another great tradition of amateur darts.

Since at least the 1970s one of the best features of grassroots darts has been the 'Festivals of Darts' or 'Big Weekends' that have been held in a variety of venues across the UK and elsewhere. These multiple event weekends do a great deal in promoting the community spirit as well as providing a pathway for players of all ages, and in all categories, to improve and progress.

The familiar structure of these 'Festivals' tends to spread across three days with a mixture of opens, ranking events, and specialty competitions. Based on their performance to date MAD will introduce a modernised take on this traditional format, perhaps, including big-name exhibitions or perhaps challenges for some of their 'Title Belts'?

Darts World understands that MAD is currently holding active discussions to add to their already extensive event roster and that the 'Big Weekend' model is included in such plans. The MAD calendar is beginning to take firm form and may well provide extensive opportunity for those who play darts and are 'Proud Amateurs'.

Having already secured long term backing, from major manufacturer Winmau, plans are underway to expand the network of supporters, sponsors, and venues. 

MAD hopes for more news and formal announcements shortly in order to give all parties maximum opportunity to plan, prepare and organise. Darts World will endeavor to bring you updates as soon as possible.



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