25 January 2013

WINMAU NEWS

Winmau, the world’s leading darts brand, has extended its long-standing agreement with the Dutch Darts Association (NDB) to ensure that the country’s top players will continue to use Winmau’s Blade 4 dartboard exclusively for all NDB events throughout 2013. 

Both parties are also delighted to confirm that the final stages of this year’s 35th Dutch Open Darts will be televised live by Eurosport 2, with numerous repeats on Eurosport 1 and 2 in the week following. There will also be live streaming available on the internet for all finals, including youth. 

The Dutch Open Darts is the largest darts open event in Europe, with more than 3,500 players expected to compete. There are Men's, Ladies and Youth Singles, plus the Pairs events and an increased prize fund of €33,335!

As an added bonus, the winners of the singles competitions will receive invitations to the Winmau World Masters in October this year. 

The WDF, BDO and Zuiderduin ranked event takes place from Friday 1st February to Sunday 3rd February at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof in Veldhoven.

Winmau favourite, Andy Fordham, will be making his return to the BDO at the tournament and, with his huge fan base in Holland, is sure to be a huge favourite with the crowds.

The prestigious Six Nations Cup Darts takes place in the Netherlands on 22nd, 23rd and 24th February, and Winmau has been named as the title sponsor.

The Winmau Six Nations Cup will take place at Holiday Park de Krim on the Dutch island of Texel and will also be streamed live on the internet. The best six darts playing countries in the world of darts will send their national teams and top players, to compete for the prestigious Six Nations Cup Darts titles.

Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director of Winmau, said:  “Winmau is thrilled to continue our successful partnership with the NDB and we are proud that our Blade 4 dartboard will be used as the exclusive dartboard on the NDB tour. "The Netherlands continues to produce some of the world’s best and most passionate dart players, and it is a credit to the NDB system that there are so many Dutch players competing at the highest level (including Winmau’s World Champion Christian Kist). Not only will our Blade dartboard be used at all the NDB events, but we will receive more brand exposure at every level thanks to the support of the NDB.” 

Niels de Ruiter, Director of the NDB says: “The NDB is dedicated to growing the popularity of darts and increasing the visibility of the sport in the Netherlands and beyond. We are thrilled to have the full backing of a huge company like Winmau and, with their support, the phenomenal strides we have made in the last few years will continue at pace into the future. The Eurosport coverage and our investments in the live streams on the internet is a massive boost for the sport and will ensure that fans across the world can watch one of the biggest and best tournaments in world darts.” 

The Dutch Open Darts will be televised live on Eurosport 2 from 4.30pm (UK time) on Sunday 3rd February and repeats and highlights will also be aired on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 the following week. Live streaming of all stage finals, including the youth, and all possible information about the Dutch Open Darts will be available via the Dutch Open website. It can also be followed on Facebook and on Twitter (@DOdarts). The Winmau Six Nations Cup Darts will be available by live streaming on the internet. Please visit this website, or follow @NDBdarts on Twitter.  

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