How can I play in PDC darts events?The growth of the Professional Darts Corporation circuit means that there are greater opportunities than ever for players.
Qualifying School / PDC ProTour / Challenge Tour
Players can win a Tour Card to compete on the elite PDC ProTour each year at Qualifying School, which will be held in January at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
Qualifying School is open to ANY player aged 16 or above, with approximately 32 Tour Cards on offer. Full details about Qualifying School are available at www.pdpa.co.uk.
Players who win a PDC Tour Card are eligible to enter all Players Championship events (limited to 128 players), as well as the UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events.
Players who do not win a PDC Tour Card become PDPA Associate Members, allowing them to enter UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events as well as compete in Players Championship events in Q School Order of Merit order should the 128 Tour Card Holders not enter.
PDPA Associate Members also have their own Challenge Tour series of events, with 16 £10,000 tournaments being held across four double-header weekends. PDPA Associate Membership for Challenge Tour events only is available via www.pdpa.co.uk. The leading two players from the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit will win a two-year PDC Tour Card.
PDC Unicorn Development Tour - Youth Players Aged 16-23
The PDC Unicorn Development Tour allows ANY player aged from 16-23 to compete in a series of events throughout the year.
Tournaments are played with two per day across weekends, with five weekends seeing 19 events taking place during 2016.
To enter, register with the PDC Online Entry System at http://pdclive.servasport.com/register.html.
Each event is worth £10,000 in prize money, with the leading two players from the Development Tour Order of Merit winning a PDC Tour Card, with qualification for the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship also based on prize money won in Development Tour events.
UK Open Amateur Qualifiers
The Coral UK Open Televised Finals feature a series of Amateur Qualifiers competing alongside professional stars. These are usually held in January or February and allow any player who is not a PDPA Member to compete.
What is the tune played in the arena at a break in play at televised PDC events?
The song used on Sky Sports televised events is "Chase The Sun" by Planet Funk.
The song used by ITV at televised events was "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis.
What is the walk-on music for my favourite player?Below is a selection of leading players' walk-on music:
Phil Taylor: Snap - (I've Got) The Power
Michael van Gerwen - White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Gary Anderson: House of Pain - Jump Around
Peter Wright: Pitbull - Don't Stop The Party
Adrian Lewis: Pigbag - (Papa's Got A Brand New) Pigbag
James Wade: Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Dave Chisnall: Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff - Dizzy
Robert Thornton: The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Simon Whitlock: Men At Work - Land Down Under
Brendan Dolan: Dropkick Murphys - Shipping Up To Boston
Mervyn King: Motorhead - King Of Kings
Ian White: Wild Cherry - Play The Funky Music
Kim Huybrechts: Jeff Beck - Hi Ho Silver Lining
Raymond van Barneveld: Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
Andy Hamilton: MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
Terry Jenkins: Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs - Woolly Bully
Justin Pipe: The Real Thing - Can You Feel The Force
Stephen Bunting: The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
Vincent van der Voort: KC & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up
Jamie Caven: The Piranhas - Tom Hark
Wes Newton: Kiss - Crazy Nights
Kevin Painter: Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
Mark Webster: Stereophonics - Bartender & The Thief
Ronnie Baxter: Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Steve Beaton: Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
How can I contact a player?
Links to players' personal websites are available in their Player Profile on this website.
Alternatively, you can contact players via the PDPA by clicking this link.
How do I find out ticket information for PDC events?
Ticket information for all our events is posted in the Tickets section of this website via the link above.
Are you able to provide donations for our charity event?
The PDC's official charity partner for 2016 is Parkinson's UK.
Unfortunately due to the number of requests we receive and the lack of suitable available donations, we are unable to provide donations to other charities.
The PDC only sells tickets directly through its official outlets and warns against purchasing from other sources, however official they claim to be.
The official box offices are:
Premier League Darts: SeeTickets, venue Box Office, Thomas Cook Sport or viagogo (Official Ticket Exchange).
The Masters: Arena:MK Box Office
UK Open & Players Championship Finals: Tickets included in Weekend Break Packages sold by Butlins
World Cup, European Championship & European Tour: PDC Europe
Gibraltar Darts Trophy: Buytickets.gi
World Matchplay: Winter Gardens box office (Ticketmaster) or Thomas Cook Sport
Champions League of Darts: Motorpoint Arena Box Office & Ticketmaster
World Grand Prix: Citywest Hotel box office, SeeTickets, Ticketmaster or Thomas Cook Sport
Grand Slam of Darts - Wolves Civic Box Office
World Series of Darts Finals: Braehead Arena Box Office
World Championship: SeeTickets or viagogo (Official Ticket Exchange) or Thomas Cook Sport. Official Hospitality Packages sold by PDC.
Other event details to be added as and when tickets go on sale.
Tickets are sold subject to terms and conditions, which include the agreement that tickets will not be re-sold at face value or greater.
The PDC will always strive to cancel any tickets found to be on sale through third parties and would advise that purchasers of tickets through this method face being denied entry into events.
Any ticket holders found selling their tickets will be blacklisted with their details circulated to all PDC official box offices. In certain circumstances, details may be passed to the Police.
We welcome reports of tickets on sale through third-parties and will always request that the tickets are removed from sale immediately via the legal departments of the websites used.
DO NOT BUY TICKETS FROM ANY SOURCE OTHER THAN THE OFFICIAL BOX OFFICE. YOU WILL NOT GET IN TO THE EVENT AND YOU MAY BE BLACKLISTED FROM BUYING TICKETS FOR FUTURE EVENTS.
For the latest PDC Terms & Conditions of ticket sales, please click here.
How can I purchase PDC merchandise?
PDC Merchandise is available from Burghley Sports, who offer online sales through the official PDC Merchandise website.
Alternatively, you can visit their Merchandise Stand at all major PDC events in the UK & Ireland or call 0044 (0)1858 410 890.
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Latest Twitter updates from the PDC
WINNER | Kevin Painter books his place in round two with a 6-5 win over Stephen Burton. #GDC17
DECIDER | The final match of the session is going all the way. #GDC17
LATEST | We are still with throw but Burton is now a leg away from a debut win on the Euro Tour. He leads 5-4. #GDC17
LEVEL | A real battle going on here as Painter levels the score at 3-3. #GDC17
LATEST | Burton sticking with Painter here and levels the score at 2-2 on tops. #GDC17
UNDERWAY | Great start for Stephen Burton who takes out 111 to hold throw in the first leg of the contest. #GDC17
WINNER | An emphatic win for Jermaine Wattimena who will face MVG in round two. #GDC17
ONE AWAY | 5-1 to Wattimena now as he takes out 121. #GDC17
LATEST | Wattimena has the first break of throw and takes a 3-1 lead. #GDC17
WINNER | Jamie Bain comes from behind to knock Chris Dobey out of the German Darts Championship with a 6-5 win. #GDC17
DECIDER | 129 on the bull for Bain to level the score! Super stuff from the Scot! #GDC17
ONE AWAY | Dobey will throw for the match as he takes out 108 to break the throw for a 5-4 lead. #GDC17
BREAK | Bain finds tops after 13 darts to break back and level the score at 4-4. #GDC17
LATEST | Dobey moves in to a 3-2 lead with a break of throw here in Germany. #GDC17
UNDERWAY | 6 perfect darts eventually followed by D3 gives Bain an opening leg hold. #GDC17
WINNER | Darren Johnson pins tops to seal a classy 6-1 win. He'll face James Wade tomorrow. #GDC17