Two Local Schools enjoy Darts experience!

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Fleetwood Town Community Trust were delighted to welcome the PDC and the Room 180 team for two days of their Bullseye Maths Programme in cohesion with the PDC World Matchplay tournament in Blackpool this week.

Bullseye Maths has been launched to help Key Stage 2 students and anyone interested in maths with numeracy in a fun and inclusive way. Children had the opportunity to take to the board using a soft tip, child friendly dart and attempt many different challenges, incorporating a cross curricular link from hand/eye co-ordination to numeracy.

On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the event at Shakespeare Primary School for the whole day, with a session before and after lunchtime. We were delighted to be welcomed by the PDC Head of Media Dave Allen and his team along with Gary Horsley and team from Room 180 Academy. A very special guest entered the room to a host of cheers from the year 5 students.


The special guest was Ryan Searle, fresh from his 10-4 victory over Raymond Van Barneveld the night before, averaging an impressive 105.19 in the process – the highest average of the first round.

The children were explained the anatomy of a dart and the correct throwing techniques, before chancing their arm at hitting the board, with the Room 180 team providing different games and activities along the way, including a paper challenge where the paper gradually got smaller the more accurate the child was throwing and an odds and evens game – with points going to children or the coaches depending on which one was hit with the dart.

In the afternoon session, the other year 5 group were then introduced to another darting superstar – this time in the way of Brendan Dolan – who produced the biggest shock of the first round beating multiple World Champion Michael van Gerwen 10-7. The class followed a similar itinerary in the afternoon session, but were given the opportunity to watch Brendan’s infamous 9 darter he achieved in 2011 where he since was given his nickname ‘History Maker’ for his achievements.

We thank Shakespeare School for their hospitality and hope the children enjoyed their day!

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