Deaf darts comes to Swinton this month

A social club in Swinton has announcd a new competitive sport starting next week – deaf darts.

Deaf darts will come to Pendlebury Social Club on Friday May 10 allowing the opportunity to competitively stand at the oche.

With approximately 100 people booked in for the debut competition, organisers hope the event will bring new people to the club.

Darts ADC Director for the North West Alan Hodgson said: “Love it that deaf darts is coming to Pendlebury. I grew up in the next village along, Little Hulton so to have this in a club I’ve been going to for years just now means it’s all go.”

Talking about the venue Hodgson said: “Straight away I thought Pendlebury [when it comes to location], it’s spacious, has disabled access and plenty of boards too.”

Hodgson has been involved in disability darts before but admitted the deaf side is something that is completely new to him.

The event is being organised by the Deaf Association and they are expecting around 180 people to attend.

Manager of Pendlebury Social Club, Paul Williams said: “Every day is different, as there is always something going on.

“I’ve made some really good friends over the years, customers turn into friends.”

The social club has already four men’s darts teams alongside one for the ladies.

The Pendlebury club has 10 staff who work on different events being held in the building. Gigs, parties, weddings and tribute bands are just some of the other events hosted here.

Money raised by these events goes to charities including Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer UK.

Williams lost his dad to cancer three years ago and since then charity events have meant more to him – raising awareness and funding research.

He said: “Hopefully they can find a cure, although it is too late for my family, other families need more help.”

The deaf darts event will take place on Friday May 10 at 609 Bolton Rd, Pendlebury, Swinton, Manchester M27 4EJ

Pictures by Ollie Dennett

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