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Moray youngsters who love their darts

By Staff Reporter

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STAND up if you love the darts – it’s a call that children in Moray are responding to.

For a youth group has been started in Elgin catering for kids who enjoy a game of ‘arrows’ and are keen to improve their accuracy.

Already around 20 members attend the new group’s events at Pinz in Elgin,
including an 11-year-old sensation who has landed a maximum 180 score.

Inspiring Darts, who have been running sessions for people in Moray with additional needs for the past two years, have broaden their horizons to give youngsters a chance to shine.

Their new group is for anyone aged between eight and 17 who enjoy the sport. Founder Shelley Ritchie came up with the idea of giving youngsters some fun around a dartboard every week.

“We play different games each week to encourage aiming, counting, concentration, building confidence and team working skills,” she said. “We also have competitions where members can complete for trophies.”

Each session costs just £1 and the first one is free, with the emphasis on taking part and enjoying yourself rather than managing scores that world champ Michael van Gerwen would be proud of.

However, one child has shown great potential by achieving the coveted ‘one hundred and eighty’ at the age of 11. Liam Miller gave up playing football for Elgin City youth, instead focusing on a sport he has enjoyed since the age of two when he played on a magnetic board.

“He’s a great player, definitely one to look out for in the future,” said Shelley.

Visit Inspiring Darts on Facebook for more details.

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