Darts pupils have the power

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ASCHOOl has hit the bulls­eye to help stu­dents with maths by launch­ing a darts com­pe­ti­tion.

And who bet­ter to help the kids get up to speed on the sport than Phil ‘The Power’ Tay­lor, who headed to Tyther­ing­ton School to of­fer coach­ing ad­vice, and em­pha­sise the role that darts can play in de­vel­op­ing stu­dents’ quick fire cal­cu­la­tion skills.

Head­teacher Manny Botwe said: “We are de­lighted that Phil Tay­lor could join us to see the de­vel­op­ment of darts in the school.

“Any­one can play darts: it is cheap, de­vel­ops young­sters’ abil­ity to man­age pres­sure, is great for im­prov­ing co-or­di­na­tion and is a great way to im­prove nu­mer­acy.

“It has been great to see stu­dents in all year groups com­pet­ing and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany.”

The school launched its inau­gu­ral Darts Open two weeks ago, with 100 stu­dents from across all years play­ing matches dur­ing lunchtime.

The tour­na­ment caught the at­ten­tion of Sky Sports News and 16 times world cham­pion Phil Tay­lor, who be­lieve this to be one of the few com­pe­ti­tions of its kind in the coun­try.

Footage of the visit is ex­pected to be tele­vised this week.

Pic­tures: Andy Lam­bert

Phil Tay­lor is a hit with Tyther­ing­ton stu­dents

Phil Tay­lor gives Matthew Christo­pher­son some tu­ition

Hadley Lo­mas, 12, eyes the tar­get

Phil signs au­to­graphs for stu­dents Matthew Christo­pher­son and Myles Corn

James Costello, 16, in ac­tion

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