PDC chief executive Matt Porter has had his say on talk of a possible women’s tour.

With Fallon Sherrock making global headlines and Lisa Ashton winning a PDC Tour Card at Q-School, the women’s game is in the spotlight. Question marks remain over the next best step for women’s darts, with a stand-alone tour mooted alongside continuing to push for mixed-gender inclusion. Porter told the Darts Show podcast that the PDC board are taking the debate very seriously.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations,” Porter revealed.

“We’re evaluating what the BDO are doing at the moment.

“We feel that darts has got a unique position, in that men and women can compete on an equal footing, at an elite level.

“Beneath that, there is a need to stimulate activity and competitive action.

“There was a massive drop-off in the number of women competing in the World Championship qualifier this year, compared to the first year.

“So we need to find out how we can get those women more confident that they can win, more comfortable with the playing environment, more committed to playing competitive darts on a more regular basis.”

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Long-term project

Porter recognised the contributions of Sherrock and Ashton, as what he hopes will be the building blocks for the steady growth of women’s darts.

“It’s a long-term project – it’s not going to happen overnight.

“It’s possibly one for the next generation of players. But what Fallon and Lisa are doing is sensational, and showing that women can play darts against men, and be competitive and win. That’s something we feel is a big driving force, and a big selling point for darts,” Porter explained.

Asked specifically about a women’s tour, Porter was clear that while not off the table completely, it isn’t currently on the PDC agenda.

“No – it’s not something we’re considering introducing at the moment. It’s certainly something we’ve discussed, in a wider discussion about what we can do for women’s darts, or how to get women into PDC darts,” he said.

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Author: Ed McCosh