Darting about is oche with us!

STAFF at Leyland Paints scored a bullseye when world darts star Simon Whitlock stopped by for a visit.

Tuesday, 31st January 2012, 6:30 am

The PDC World Champion semi-finalist was at the Birstall paint factory to celebrate a new sponsorship deal with Leyland, part of PPG in Birstall.

Australian-born Whitlock spent a day at the company’s headquarters and challenged staff to try to beat him in a round of his favourite sport.

Although not many came close to trumping the champ, many enjoyed the opportunity of sharing the oche.

During his visit he said: “I am thrilled to receive the support from Leyland. Having their backing at the World Championships seemed to push me on to perform well and I am sure I will be replicating this form in the competitions ahead.”

Leyland is also sponsoring 2008 British Darts Organisation world champion Mark Webster. Leyland marketing manager Sharon Hendry said: “More than 20 per cent of the UK’s population were exposed to darts in 2011 and it is now regarded as the second most popular sport on Sky behind football.

“With all this in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to be involved with Simon and Mark, who we will be cheering on from now on.”