A TALENTED teenager has found a willing local darts mentor in former world championship competitor Dave Honey.

Worcester Junior Darts Academy’s Harry Martin, 15, says Droitwich’s Honey will pass on his expertise as well as sponsoring him to help with competition costs.

The young prospect plays for Plumbers Arms A in the Worcester Wednesday League.

He was spotted playing at the Riley’s darts thriller in the city after his Junior Darts Corporation academy session on a Thursday evening.

Martin plans to tackle all of next year’s JDC UK Tour competitions in a bid to qualify for the Junior World Championships, including in Worcester, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Honey, 52, reached the last 64 in the PDC World Championship and UK Open in the 2000s as well as winning a string of regional tournaments over the years.

Martin said: “Dave is going to take me on and teach me all of the tips and tricks on how to play darts competitively.

“This will be a massive opportunity for me and my darts throwing.”

Worcester academy director Darren Barson said: “Harry is working really hard at his darts. He’s doing it the right way.

“He hasn’t just won a tournament and thought he’s the greatest player on the planet. He’s dedicated.

“There’s lots of young players out there trying the sport at a very early age.

“The game is now offering massive opportunities for people, both financially and in recognition of a job well done.”