A Horsham dart player’s dream of turning professional has been boosted by the addition of a new sponsor.
Gary Griffiths, 26, who plays for the Kings Arms, has admitted having people showing their belief in him is spurring him on.
The former Sussex and Scotland Youth darts player recently refound his love for the game after a promising career as a junior.
The sponsorship from Lower Beeding based company Town and Country turf has come as a benefit to the current Horsham Thursday Night League men’s singles champion and Captain’s Cup winner.
Griffiths said: “Having a sponsor has helped me a lot, Town and Country Turf have been amazing, helping with travel, darts shirts etc and Bob Wood, who is the depot manager, watches me play in the Horsham League every week and local competitions too.
“Bob has stood by me like the rest of the Kings Arms team and I would like to personally thank him for believing in me, as their sponsorship is helping a lot.
“It’s awesome having people believing in me and who want me to do well.
“The Kings Arms’ darts team have also supported me and I am currently focusing on smaller competitions before I start playing in further a field events.”
He added: “With the support of my wife, kids, family and friends I’m sure I’ll do really well, it’s nice when my son says, ‘good luck daddy’ it brings tears to my eyes.”
At the age of 15, Griffiths lost in the Coomb Haven Darts Open final against Kirk Sheppard, now a professional player on the PDC circuit.
After that 3-2 defeat he pursued other interests, but after a number of years out of the game he began playing again. Griffiths also recently donated his winnings of a pairs competition to the Ronald McDonald foundation of Brighton.