Darts pro seeks backer

Professional darts player Ross Twell looking for sponsorship. Pictured at the Electra Club. EMN-150202-174038001
Professional darts player Ross Twell looking for sponsorship. Pictured at the Electra Club. EMN-150202-174038001

An up-and-coming darts professional from Sleaford is looking to recruit local sponsors to help him further his sporting career.

Ross Twell, 22, from Hervey Road, qualified for his Professional Darts Corporation tour card last year after accumulating enough points.

He explained: “There are only 128 people in the world that have one, and it gives me access to play in all UK tournaments, apart from the televised tournaments, where I still have to go through the qualifying rounds. But it means I get to play some of the top players in the world such as Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen - the world number one.”

Ross works as a department manager for Sainsbury’s in Spalding but would love to make darts a full time career.

He said: “I work full time which does put pressure on me when going to darts events. If I don’t win any prize money one weekend it means I cannot afford to play the next weekend. So I am looking for a sponsorship contract where I would be willing to share a percentage of my prize earnings in return for what they can offer me. Other players have similar arrangements to allow them to concentrate on playing instead of worrying about winning prize money.”

He would wear his sponsors’ names on his shirt to local pub league matches as well as national events.

The pinnacle of his career so far has been reaching the last 32 of a major tournament in which he beat Mervyn King.

Ross said: “PDC darts is the fastest growing sport in the world after Premier League football with the second highest number of TV viewers, so local business sponsors could see themselves on TV.”

He wanted to thank his current sponsor Irwin Langley of East Bridge Electrical and driver Pete Gooding.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Ross on 07808723864 or email him on: twellytwelly@gmail.com