Teenager Haidan is impressing on oche

Darts ace Haidan Hughes
Darts ace Haidan Hughes

FLEETWOOD teenage darts prodigy Haidan Hughes hit the bullseye at a competition on the Isle of Man.

Haidan, 14, beat some of Britain’s most talented young darts players to claim the youth title at the Isle of Man Open event at Douglas.

The Fleetwood High School pupil, of Lindel Road, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Fleetwood darts ace Wes Newton.

And Wes, a ranked professional, has taken the teenager under his wing and has given him plenty of encouragement.

Haidan said: “It’s good to win a tournament like that, now I just want to get better and keep on improving.”

Proud mum Patricia said: “Haidan practices a lot and takes the sport seriously.

“He has really been encouraged by Wes and would love to follow in his footsteps.

“Wes is his favourite player on the national circuit and he always follows his results.”

Darts is obviously a family affair – Patricia herself is a keen player and is captain of the Fleetwood Town ladies team,

And step dad Chris Blyth is also a keen darter.

Chris and Patricia also took part in the Isle of Man event, with Patricia reaching the last 16 of the ladies’ event, and also the last eight of the mixed pairs with Chris.

Haidan plays for the Fleetwood Gas Workers team and also represents the Fleetwood Town darts team.

He is the youngster player in both teams.

Patricia added: “The Gas Workers Club have been a massive help.

“The staff and members had a whip round and raised enough money for Haidan to take part in the Isle of Man event.

“There are a lot of darts players in Fleetwood and we are all excited that Fleetwood is hosting the home internationals.”

Haidan will not be taking part in the Fleetwood event at the Marine Hall, but he will be attending the tournament.

One of his dreams is to represent England at the sport, but in the mean time he is honing his craft.