Phil becomes UK University Disability Darts Ambassador
Monday 4th February 2019 @ 09:58 by Mark Phillip

Phil ‘The Buzz’ Lees has been named as UK University Disability Darts  Ambassador .

WDDA/BDDA tour player Phil, from Denton, says he is proud and privileged to be involved with the players.  During his time as ambassador, he is hoping to improve and encourage players of all disabilities to throw a good dart.

In January 2016 the British Disability Darts Association (BDDA) was founded, working in partnership with Winmau and the BDO to promote, encourage and support disabled players and to arrange tournaments in the UK and Andy “The Viking” Fordham took on the role of Ambassidor for the BDDA.

This was a result of the number of disabled players in the UK wanting to play started to increase dramatically. Some taking up darts for the first time and others returning to the sport they love after becoming disabled.

The World Disability Darts Association was founded by Russ Strobel in Australia with the aim of encouraging and supporting those with disabilities to take up darts or return to a sport they love. As part of making “Darts for all” the WDDA successfully gained official approval by the WDF that a board set at 137cm to the bull, is a fair and equivalent height for a wheelchair player compared to the standard board height of 173cm for a standing player, using the same length oche.

Whilst encouraging those with disabilities to take part and play at all levels, to ensure fair competition in tournaments, the WDDA has set up an impairment classification guidelines. This uses the criteria set out by the International Paralympic Association. Classification provides a structure for competition so when competitors in a sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage in the sport, this is recognised. The impairment has to significantly effect the players ability to play the sport.