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The Analysts

So who are you trusting to get the advice about your throwing technique absolutely right?

Paul Gillings

My name is Paul Gillings. I went back to study a lot later in life than is the norm but was keen to pursue my passion for sport and analysis. I read a degree in Football Studies at Southampton Solent University. Amongst a variety of topics the key areas for me were: coaching, sports psychology, health fitness, nutrition and sports strategy.

I then read a Masters Degree in The Performance Analysis of Sport. This covered coaching, biomechanics, statistics, video analysis and the identification of key performance areas that distinguish between a winning or losing performance. My final dissertation was focused entirely on darts and more specifically areas that were vital for players to improve (and often ignored).

The more I studied dart players the more I realised they did not have the performance improvement resources that most other sports take for granted. I founded the Darts Performance Centre, a resource packed with ideas, tips, games and advice underpinned by sound academic sports research.

Andrew Humphrey

My name is Andrew Humphrey.  I started throwing darts thirty odd years ago. I hit my first 180 when I was seven or eight. I started playing super league in about 1990 for Lincolnshire. I have played county darts for a few years, we enjoyed a season in the premiership in which I played county. 

I have won the Grantham men’s singles title, Newark men’s singles title, Lincoln men’s singles title, runner up in the Sleaford men’s singles and Lincolnshire county pairs champion.

Sports Science

Several years ago I was keen to have a complete career change and I decided to go back to College and University to pursue an occupation that I was going to be passionate about. I embarked on a Sport and Exercise Science course (FDSc) which I passed. I then followed this up with a BSc in the same discipline.

The course involved many hours honing coaching skills, analysing sporting techniques, sports injuries, injury prevention, and intervention strategies to improve performance. Now through the Darts Coaching website and our performance improvement site the Darts Performance Centre I am able to bring my knowledge of sports science to the sport that I love.

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The Darts Performance Centre is a resource to assist dart players of all standards play better darts. The site is arranged as an online coaching manual. There is advice on technique, nerves, psychology, goal setting, practice games, an area to log your statistics and an interactive area where your darting questions are answered by two sports scientists, one with 30 years dart playing experience! Membership is just £25.00 per annum

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