The ADC Ladies tour has announced the largest amateur prize fund in the entire ladies game achieved through growing the sport at grass roots.
With supporters such as Winmau and Red Dragon, the ADC has shown it can attract Globally recognised brands as key partners with both parties working directly to create value for the everyday dart player.
These initiatives have seen sold out Winmau Tours and joint ventures in the £32,500.00 Red Dragon Champion of Champions Event, with ADC Tour winners gaining places in one of darts most prestigious amateur events.
Claire Stamper head of Women’s development is plotting a similar debut year for the new female tour, as players now get the opportunity to play similar events for ranking points and big prize money with the help of sponsor LP Metal Detecting.
The ADC and their sponsors are set to invest £30,000.00 into the women’s game with 12 tour events scheduled for the year in Bridlington, Middlesbrough, and Bristol. £600 will go to the winner of each event, with 4 competitions set to take place each weekend at an entry fee of only £11.00
With the women’s game developing at pace, some of its strongest up-and-coming names could attempt to take advantage of these new opportunities. Winmau Team 360 players such as Hannah Meek who recently was picked to represent England Girls at the British Internationals.
Aurora Fochesato at the age of 17 continues to impress, after winning the WDF Europe Cup Youth Girls U18’s competition in Budapest last year, as well as other big names such as Natalie Gilbert.
The evidence is there that the game is continuing to grow with Fallon Sherrock including a 9-dart leg at a Challenge Tour Event last month, the first to be hit in the PDC by a female.
Beau Greaves produced the highest average on Finals Day at the recent WDF World Championships, with a 92.05 score in a 4-0 win over Kirsty Hutchinson at Lakeside.
“Players must start somewhere, and we’ve got the progression from singles leagues to national leagues. We’re bringing in the lady’s tour to develop players and give them the tournament experience to go into events such as the PDC Women’s Series.”
“We’ve aimed for 4 events so when we have our players travelling it’s not just for 1 or 2 events, it’s for 4. For costs we’ve tried to make the entry fee affordable (£11) which should be paid back to any player who makes the Last 16, should we have 32 entries per event.”
The ADC uses Darts Atlas as a way of keeping track of the progress in each tournament, a system which has received great praise. The newly formed ladies tour will use the software at the 12 events coming up this year.
“The ladies’ events will be in the same venue as the men’s, with the same equipment and using Darts Atlas. You must be a member of Darts Atlas to be eligible to play in the Ladies Tour and there are lots of players signed up already.”
The Ranking Events that the ADC are organising will give players the opportunity to potentially qualify for a special MODUS Super Series, with a chance to play in front of a live-streamed audience on YouTube, a main stage and the Winmau Blade 6 dartboard, which the PDC pros use during their events.
Claire added: “The ladies tour doesn’t start until May with 3 venues staging 12 ranking events. The first will be on the 20th -21st of May at Bridlington Sports Centre which will be 4 events and a separate prize fund for each competition.” “The 1st and 2nd of July will be at Middlesbrough Sports Village before we go into August with our last 4 events at Wellsway Sports Centre in Bristol. The 12 events we play will include a ranking system, and the top 8 on those will head to Portsmouth to play in the MODUS Super Series.”
The opportunity to play in Portsmouth will be on the 18th of November, with the top 8 in the ladies ranking tour qualifying to be streamed from the Live Lounge. The MODUS Super Series has been another success, with the partnership through the ADC Vault Series giving players the chance to qualify through regional round-robin competitions.
The Winmau Open Series will be also occurring this year with events set to take place in Manchester, Bridlington, Middlesbrough, and Bristol. 16 competitions will occur throughout 2023 with the winner receiving a place on the MODUS Super Series, a spot which is worth up to £1250.00
Judging by the success of last year’s ADC tour, this may only be the start for the Women’s ADC game. Winmau will be behind them every step of the way.
By Harry Masterson