Defending darts champion Raymond van Barneveld will be sporting BOC’s logo for the first time this evening after a partnership with BOC’s Gas and Gear retail stores was announced for the season.

Darts legend ‘Barney’, who defeated Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen on the same night to win the prestigious title last year, has received a boost with the support of the industrial, medical and special gases provider - as he bids for a second consecutive success.

“I’m very proud and grateful for BOC to give me this backing and showing faith in me,” said van Barneveld, the five-time World Darts Champion. “It means a lot for a big company like this to say they believe in me and it gives me even more belief in myself. I will do them proud.”

A Member of The Linde Group, BOC supplies gases, chemicals and engineering solutions and is pioneering healthcare innovations and clean energy technologies.

BOC’s Gas & Gear retail stores lead the way in welding and industrial gas retail in the UK and are the largest welding products distributor in Europe.

Head of Marketing, Steve Thompson said, “BOC’s Gas & Gear retail business is delighted to sponsor reigning Premier League Darts Champion Raymond ‘Barney’ van Barneveld in his bid to defend his title in 2015.”

“Our decision to sponsor Barney is part of an ongoing campaign to raise the profile of BOC’s Gas & Gear retail stores among our target customer base and we wish him the very best of luck throughout this year’s Premier League matches.”

Van Barneveld takes on Peter Wright in Liverpool tonight, on Sky Sports One at around 7.30pm, where he will be hoping to get the partnership off to a winning start.