If you’ve not yet had a chance to try your hand at axe throwing, what exactly have you been doing with your life up until now?
First popularised in Canada, the sport of competitive axe throwing is now making inroads in the UK, with folk everywhere lining up to test their lumberjack skills.
The concept couldn’t be simpler: you stand in your designed lane and hurl an axe towards the target. It’s basically darts, except you don’t have to drink 10 pints and smoke 40 a day to enjoy it.
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing have done more than most to champion this super-cool niche sport though and now they have decided to put their money where their mouth is.
They are calling on steel slingers everywhere to come and test their metal in the first ever Axe Throwing League, which is set to launch early next year.
Best of all, the newly formed Whistle Punks League, due to start in January 2018, will be offering a hefty £5,000 prize to whoever scores highest.
There will be three separate leagues which will take place across Whistle Punks’ three locations: London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The winners of each regional title will win a custom axe prize and will then automatically be entered into a ‘Champions League’, where they will battle it out for the cash prize and the chance to call themselves Britain’s BEST Axe Thrower.
The National Championship will take place towards the end of 2018 and boasts a generous cash prize of £5,000 which will be split evenly between the winner and a charity of the winner’s choice – each taking £2,500. Not bad.
The axe throwing league in January will be the first of a series of leagues to come.
Whistle Punks is also looking to take the Urban Axe Throwing League worldwide and have plans to launch a European League in the near future, backed by the European Axe Throwing Association.
The regional leagues will take place on Monday evenings from 6:15pm-8:45pm in Manchester and London for six weeks from 15th January – 19th February, and Wednesday evenings in Birmingham from 17th January – 28th February (skipping 14th February and picking back up the week after).
Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and are available to purchase here.
Tickets to enter the Birmingham and Manchester leagues will cost £75 total, and £85 total for the London league. Money well spent in our book though.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.