From pub to top of the world - the “people’s darts tournament” is back…
The 2018 Worthington’s Champion of Champions kicks off this month! Pubs and clubs across the country sign up to hold heats to find local champions for the £20,000 grand finale at the St. Davids Hall in Cardiff on the 25th of August 2018. Sponsored by Molson Coors and Red Dragon Darts, the tournament mirrors the best of three legs 501 format of the iconic News of the World competition. Each heat winner automatically qualifies for the 256 player grand finale.
To take part, players must first register at www.reddragondarts.com/champions
and then can play in as many qualifiers as they like.
The tournament is open to men and women of all abilities, as well as children. Recommended age for child entrants is over the age of 14. (Child entries are subject to landlords discretion on age). All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The last two winners, Jonny Clayton in 2016 and Paul Hogan a year ago, have enjoyed success on the big stage after glory in this iconic event.
Clayton, a plasterer from Pembrokeshire, has gone on to reach a PDC major final while Hogan has been a giant-killer in the UK Open.
Clayton said: “The organisation is second to none and pits some of the best-known names in the game alongside pub champions.
The tournament has a great, big-stage feel to it and I’m sure the 2018 event will be even bigger and better.”
Hogan beat Clayton to take last year’s crown and £5,000 prize and said: “I should never have lost in 2016, so winning it has put everything right.
“The Worthington’s Champion of Champions title goes down as one of my biggest achievements in the game.
The best of three format is so tough as literally anyone can win the match. You just can’t afford to have an off game, or even a poor couple of throws.”
Simon Hall, Head of Marketing at Red Dragon Darts, added: “The Worthington’s Champion of Champions is the people’s darts tournament.
Pubs and clubs are at the heart of the sport and as we have seen in previous years, they produce some fantastic darting talent. The event has grown over 200% every year and already this year’s take up means it will be another incredible show piece event for every dart player taking part.”
To hold a qualifying heat, pubs and clubs have until May 31st to sign up at www.reddragondarts.com/info/venue-application
More details on the Worthington’s Champion of Champions 2018 tournament, including a list of venues already signed up to hold qualifiers, is available at: www.reddragondarts.com/champions