A Rotherham businessman, who made his money in construction and renewable energy, is aiming to change the face of the game of darts.
Scott Newhouse is ploughing more than £150,000 into staging a new international competition, the BDO World Trophy, in Blackpool’s landmark tower next month.
BDO stands for British Darts Organisation, rather than the initials of the well-known accountancy group, and the six day competition is expected to attract 1,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators.
Scott is a former carpenter and joiner who ran his own construction business in Germany and Holland.
Returning to the UK, he set up a dry lining and property development company, before establishing Moorgate Crofts-based green energy developer Wind and Solar Systems.
He doesn’t play darts himself, but a chance meeting with BDO director Alan Marshall led him to set up BDO Events, to act as the British Darts Organisation’s commercial partner, with the aim of bringing some razzamatazz to the world of competition darts.
“I know it sounds strange that someone who can’t even play the game should invest in a new tournament but, besides the business opportunity, I also decided I wanted to enhance the player and fan experience,” says Scott.
“With the line-up of players already confirmed and with the stunning setting of the tower ballroom, we really have a true festival of darts.”
BDO Events has already staged one competition, the British Classic, which took place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham in August and attracted more than 1,200 players and 650 spectators.
The World Trophy will be televised by Eurosport, is being sponsored by the Daily Mirror and has a £115,000 prize pot – the second largest in the darts calendar.