JDC Darts Academy
The Junior Darts Corporation 'JDC' is the only academy structure endorsed by the PDC & PDPA.
The Junior Darts Corporation continues to grow and will continue to do so in 2020, with the World Junior Championship, the PDPA Scholarship, the Junior European Championship and the Junior World Cup alongside the Tour Events and the JDC seasons which will be held within Academies around the UK.
The JDC offers parents, mentors and juniors a fun start in darts for players of all levels from ages of 8 to 18. The JDC structure allows people passionate about darts to get involved at grassroots helping juniors enjoy the game the JDC is built on goos sportsmanship, having fun and playing in a non pressured environment.
Riley’s Super 16 Title
Keane Barry lifted the Junior Darts Corporation’s 2020 Riley’s Super 16 title in Milton Keynes on Sunday, defeating Luke Littler 5-3 in the final.
Irish sensation Barry, 17, made it a hat-trick of big-stage crowns in under four months having won the Irish Matchplay in Dublin in October and the JDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in December, days after making his PDC World Championship debut.
Barry continued his rise at Marshall Arena with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over 13-year-old Littler, who was making his big-stage debut.
World Junior Championship 2019
Irish teenager Barry, 17, has broken through in 2019 and made a big impression by winning the JDC’s DartConnect Junior International Open in September as well as the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay the following month.
Having also come through the early rounds of the Junior World Championship in Gibraltar in September, Barry took to the stage alongside emerging Czech Republic ace Gawlas to claim the newly-titled Tommy Cox Trophy.
Gawlas – the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship runner-up last month – took an early lead in the final and countered a 117 finish from Barry with a 120 combination to level in leg four. Barry followed a 90 finish on the bull with a 14-darter as he moved 4-2 up, with Gawlas taking out 106 to reply before double four secured glory.
Gawlas has only been playing since February 2019, but after breaking through with a European Tour appearance in August has been tipped for a big future in the sport. Barry’s Irish Matchplay success had secured his spot in the World Championship, where he took on Vincent van der Voort last Monday, and the teenager is now setting his sights on securing a PDC Tour Card at the 2020 Qualifying School.
Following the success of the JDC’s Festival of Darts in Gibraltar in September – which featured the early rounds of the Junior World Darts Championship alongside the Junior International Open and the Junior World Cup – the JDC have committed to staging events in the new Europa Point facility for the next six years.
The JDC’s 2020 Junior Darts Tour, for players aged 10-18, will feature ten events in the UK ahead of a Grand Finals in August, with the Junior World Championship then being held later in the year.
From 2016 the JDC & the PDPA launched the PDPA Scholarship which enables 3 JDC players to play on the PDC Development Tour the following season.
The 3 players who earn the scholarship win all their entries into every PDC Development Tour event.
For more information, visit www.juniordarts.com or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter
2020 Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour:
Events 1-2 – January 25, Rileys Solihull
In the first tour of the day the crowd of nearly 200 people were not dissapointed. In the very first round Lincoln ace Leighton Bennett was to bow out with a fine performance from Nathan Potter who swept aside Bennett 3-1 with a 100.3 avareage for the match. Potter would go on to reach the final where he would meet the headline maker for the day Lancashires 15 yr old Nathan Care, who not only won the first event but hit the magical 9 dart finish in his semi final match against Middlesborough youngster Lewis Coates.
In the second event of the day it was the turn of the Super 16 finalist Luke Littler to announce himself as a JDC Tour winner.
Events 3-4 – February 15, Rileys Worcester
Events 5-6 – March 14, Rileys Wolverhampton
Events 7-8 – April 11, Rileys Coventry
Events 9-10 – May 9, Rileys Manchester
Events 11-12 – June 6, Rileys Worcester
Junior European Championship
World Junior Championship
Alexandra Palace during William Hill World Darts Championship
For information on the JDC Academies, Tour events and its European Championship visit www.juniordarts.com
Future Darts Academy North Wales
Venue: Cues Sports Bar, Towyn ,Rhyl.
Academy sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm till 8pm.
Worcester Junior Darts Academy
Venue: Riley’s sports venue, Shrubhill trading estate, Worcester
Academy sessions: Thursday’s 6.30pm – 8pm
Jamie Caven Darts Academy (Derby)
Venue: Cueball, Mansfield Road, Derby
Academy sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays 6.30 – 8pm
Chepstow Darts Academy
Venue: Chepstow football club
Academy sessions Tuesday 6.30-8pm
Yate Town Darts Academy (Bristol)
Venue Stanshawes court hotel, Stanshawes court drive, Yate BS37 4EA
Academy sessions Thursday’s from 7pm
Kingswood Darts Academy (Bristol)
Venue: Kingswood Royal British legion, 104 Regent Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8hp
Academy sessions Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm
Venue, Bedworth United Football Club
Venue, The Jubilee Pye Green Rd WS11 5RS
Paignton Darts Academy
Venue – 42 elm bank rd TQ4 5NG
Emerald Darts Academy
Venue – Barrack Street, Tullow TQ4 5NG
Thursdays 6pm to 10pm
Dart Locker (Exeter)
Wednesday’s 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Blackburn Darts Academy