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It was the day that a sixteen times World Champion and attendant television crew turned up at a local school to film a student darts tournament.
Last mouth, Tytherington School launched its inaugural Darts Open competition for students. Nearly 100 students (not quite 180) from across all years entered the competition with matches taking place during lunchtime.
The tournament caught the attention of Sky Sports News as well as darts legend, Phil “The Power” Taylor, who believe this to be one of the few competitions of its kind in the country. The Power was on hand to offer coaching advice and guidance to youngsters at the school.
He was also keen to emphasise the role that darts can play in developing students’ numeracy. The need to add-up, multiply, divide and take-away is a key element in the game and calculators are not allowed.
Headteacher, Manny Botwe, said: “We are delighted that Phil Taylor could join us today to see the development of darts in the school. Anyone can play darts: it is cheap, develops youngsters ability to manage pressure, great for improving coordination, and is a great way to improve numeracy.”
Tytherington School and its tournament were featured last week on Sky Sports News.