AN amateur darts player is bidding to keep youngsters out of trouble by getting them to join his revamped darts academy.
Richard ‘Rocky’ Hurst revealed that the Stapenhill Darts Academy has been given an overhaul in bid to focus on ‘keep ing kids off the streets’ and to help them get more interested in the sport.
The group meets at the Dart Inn, in Short Street, Stapenhill, and is now searching for youngsters to come forward and join.
Mr Hurst, who lives in Stapenhill, said: “The reason for the project was to find a way of getting kids off the streets and doing something productive, but also to get them involved in the game of darts.
“Our aim is to give somewhere for kids or anyone to go and learn the game. It could also help with their maths and things
“During the school terms, children will be able to come and play on a Saturday between 11am and 3.30pm and every day in the school holidays from 11am to 3.30pm.
“Also, every month there will be a competition between all the players so we can monitor their improvement.
“The project is not for profit and a way of keeping children out of trouble and learning a skill.
“All new comers welcome we do monthly competitions to see how they progress.
“We are on a main bus route 2E and the youngsters just have to get off at Short Street.
“If they have a Staffordshire travel card it cost £1 from town.”
Children must be aged between eight and 16 and anyone under the age of 14 will need an adult to accompany them when they are signing up to the project.
Further information is available by calling Mr Hurst on 07500 613629.
The idea came about after hearing of a similar project set up by professional darts player Steve ‘The Bomber’ Brown in the South West of England.
Mr Hurst previously ran a similar project at Rileys snooker hall, in High Street, Burton.
He had to change venues as part of a bid to expand the group to offer its services to a greater age range.
The academy will be hosting a special presentation evening from 7.30pm at The Dart Inn