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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sheppey Darts Classic left with funding shortages - by Luke Cawdell

Sponsors are still being sought for the seventh Sheppey Darts Classic which takes places at the start of June.

The event at Merlins is a major crowd puller on the island but funding has been lower than normal this year and organiser Tony Cox fears there could be a shortfall.Darts

He said: "Because of the financial situation we’re in a lot of companies have had to drop out and some have dropped the amount they contribute, although we are grateful for what they give.

"At the moment we’re about £1,500 short and if we don’t get any more sponsors I’ll have to dip into my own pocket."

The prize fund for the event still stands at £7,000.

"That’s what we’ve advertised and we’re not going to change that," said Cox. "In terms of prize fund and entrants this is the biggest event in the South of England."

Cox also admits entrants are not at their usual levels and has urged competitors to book their place quick, before the May 23 deadline.

He said: "Local people are leaving it late, as are the professionals, and I think they just need a little push."

*Anyone wishing to help sponsor the event, no matter how small or large, can contact Tony Cox 01795 875263. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.sheppeydarts.com

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