18 Jun, 2021
Players

Playing darts is not easy - players have to deal with packed schedules, endure endless travel, and handle the pressures of having to perform. The pros must balance this with family life, which can be no walk in the park either.

We caught up with a couple of our Team Target fathers, Nathan Aspinall and Danny Baggish, to find out a little more about what it is like to be a dad whilst playing on the Pro Tour and how they juggle a demanding timetable whilst raising their own superstars.

Nathan Aspinall

Nathan, tell us about your kids.

I have 2 girls, Brooke who just turned 10 and Milly who is 3. They are my everything. Together they can be hard work as they have such big personalities, but I would not change them for the world. They always put a smile on my face especially when I come back from darts, and they see me for the first time in say a week. It is the best thing in the world being a dad.

What does being a father mean to you?

Being a father is everything to me. I always wanted to have 2 children. I am so lucky to have 2 clever, beautiful little girls in my life.

How do you balance darts with family life?

I have a good balance with darts and family to be honest. Once I am back from darts, we try not to talk about the sport, and I don't have a board up at home. When daddy's back it is fun time!

Do your kids ever come to watch your games; how do they find it?

My youngest has never watched me play live. Brooke loves coming to the world championships and comes every year. She loves it until I lose then the tears start...

Are your kids into darts?

My kids are not into darts. The youngest hates it won't ever watch it! Brooke occasionally has a throw with me if she comes to the office when I practice but that is as far as it goes.

If you could give your kids one piece of advice in life, what would it be?

If you have a dream, follow it, and never give up however hard it may be to achieve.

Danny Baggish

Danny, tell us about your kids.

I have 2 boys, 1 stepdaughter and a stepson.

What does being a father mean to you?

It means more to me than life itself. I pride myself in being a father and having my kids around me makes me the happiest person ever.

How do you balance darts with family life?

It's tough. I find it both mentally and emotionally draining. There have been times where I have just cried in my hotel room after getting off the phone. I am getting better at it but I don't think the feeling of missing them will never go away.

Do your kids ever watch your games; how do they find it?

They do, they watch me either on TV or online. They seem to really enjoy it.

Are your kids into darts?

Maybe my 2-year-old but that's because he loves seeing me do it and tries to play as well LoL!

If you could give your kids one piece of advice in life, what would it be?

Dreams are meant to come true. If you put the work in and want to follow your dream, then in the end you will succeed.

Event photos: Danny Baggish © Lawrence Lustig/PDC, Nathan Aspinal © Taylor Lanning

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