Camden RSL Club to launch youth darts competition

Peter Deery (left) is excited to teach darts to youngsters like Mason Smith at the Camden RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett
Peter Deery (left) is excited to teach darts to youngsters like Mason Smith at the Camden RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

An old sporting tradition will be given new life in Camden next week.

The Camden RSL Club is set to launch its inaugural youth darts competition on August 27.

Organiser Peter Deery said anyone under 18 years of age could play.

He said it was a great chance for young people to learn the sport.

"We want kids to pick up the art of throwing darts," Deery said.

"The plan is for the RSL club to be a gathering place for kids to learn how to score and play the game.

"We will show them how to hold a dart properly and give them a chance [at playing well]."

The new competition will complement the senior darts tournament held each Tuesday at Camden RSL.

Deery said the youth competition was launching due to community feedback.

"A child was having dinner at the club one night and he saw the seniors playing darts. He asked me, 'can kids play too?'," Deery said.

"There is a young people darts competition at Campbelltown RSL and I thought 'where can we go with this'?"

Deery said he approached the Camden RSL board and received a glowing response.

"I'm delighted to see RSL get behind it," he said.

Deery said he was a relative latecomer to the sport.

"I used to do rock and roll dancing and a mate invited me to try darts," he said.

"I had never even held a dart before.

"I have hardly missed a darts night ever since. When the dart goes where you want it, how good does that feel?"

When the dart goes where you want it, how good does that feel?

Peter Deery

Deery said darts were a great way to mix with "like-minded people" who also loved the sport.

"It's good fun and there are good people," he said.

"We have up to 40 people at our seniors competition each week."

The Camden RSL youth darts competition will launch on Tuesday, August 27 from 4.30pm. Entry cost is $3 per person.

Deery said the tournament would be held before the RSL's senior competition each Tuesday.