The now famous ‘Stars of Darts‘ sponsorship scheme is soon to start it’s voting stage – but there still is time to buy a share – the chance for us darts fans to part sponsor a professional player (or budding youth tour player) to give them that extra ‘push’ that financial help gives em. Previous winners have included Steve Grubb, Tony Eccles, Justin Pipe, and current sponsored player James Richardson.
£20 buys you 1 share, which gives you 4 vote. As a shareholder you can spread these votes around as you see fit, or give them all to 1 player. Democracy rules – and the form have been great at picking players so far! Who will be the next Justin Pipe? Can our next choice be the next ‘Barney Slayer’ James Richardson? We shall see. Get over and read the sponsorship thread here – and sign up to the stars of darts to take part. Once registered, send a message to spaceman70 who runs the scheme (and the volunteer marking scheme too!). Paypal him £20 (per share, you can have more than one) – and you become a player sponsor member of the forum with enhanced membership. You also get the warm glow when you know you’re helping a player – and if / when they get on TV, you really cheer em on I can tell you!
At the moment there are 13 players in the mix – and it’s quite a mixture of youth, experience, big and lesser known names. I can count many of them as friends or acquittances, and all are great picks…. The Current balance stands at £2,580!
Players can still put their names into the hat – you have to be a PDPA member and on the pro tour, or taking regular part in the PDC Youth Tour. Just so players are aware of what is expected from them should they win the sponsorship:1. Their participation in forum discussions is not necessary but is welcomed, however the sponsorship membership will expect a report/write up from the player following any PDC tournament for 1 year. If the player wishes to add a write up/report for any opens they attend, that’s entirely their choice.
2. No return is expected to the sponsorship pot for any money won on Pro Tour or European Tour events, however the player must repay 5% from any TV winnings over the year. That would increase to 7.5% should they reach the last 16 or beyond.
3. TSoD Patch must be worn at every tournament the player attends within the PDC both floor and TV for the period of 1 year.
The Voting Process
The sponsorship pot for 2012 will close on the 22nd June (so if you want to put in £20 – or more – get cracking!). There are currently 13 players on the list and voting will begin on the 25th June. The first vote will cut the list from 13 or more (should any other players come forward) to 8.26th June, second round vote, this will cut the field of 8 to 4.
27th June, third round vote cutting the 4 to 2.
28th June final vote and winner announced. TAKE PART! Get over and read the sponsorship thread here