JDC Headed Down-Under. New Zealand Academy Affiliates.

Further detail on the expansion of the Junior Darts Corporation. With their latest additions. The JDC, whose ambassadors include World No1 Micheal Van Gerwen (pictured), is driving the expansion of the organised youth game across the globe.

MVG – Another JDC Ambassador. Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC


Tao Matarau Junior Darts Academy, based in Gisborne New Zealand, has reached out to the Junior Darts Corporation to affiliate its programme and be part of the JDC’s academy development.

The academy, based at Turunga Ararau will see its first 25 students go live next month and become part of an already international academy order of merit system within the JDC. The students will continue to develop under the watchful eye of Academy Manager Kiri Hawea and her team.


“The Tao Matarau Dart programme was created to provide positive opportunities within a safe environment for all junior and youth players. Within this programme, darts is not the only thing children learn and are involved in. The programme integrates the Maori culture, teaching of the Haka (the Maori war dance) and Maori songs that assist in the children learning their culture and where they are from” commented Kiri.

We first started researching the JDC over 6 months ago and found that there are many opportunities and advantages of being associated with them. We are hopeful that in the future more doors may open for our juniors and this is just the start” Kiri added.

Darren Barson JDC Director of Operations commented, “ we are really looking forward to welcoming Kiri and Matiu to the JDC family and of course the wonderful students of the Tao Matarau Darts Academy. We hope the academy will enjoy being part of the JDC and the team enjoy watching the players grow their ability using the JDC scoring academy system. “It’s also great to see that darts has no boundaries and we can offer the opportunities to all children around the world to join in and have fun learning the game”.

The Tao Matarau DA will go live in the 3rd season of the JDC calendar together with Lampeter DA in Wales, Tewkesbury DA and Plymouth DA in England. The scores will be live on the godartspro.com JDC scoring system next month. If you would like any information on these academies, please email on the address below.

If you are from the UK or a nation outside of the UK and wish to affiliate your club or academy please contact us on email via info@juniordarts.com

Credit: Official JDC