Record entries for opening weekend of 2024 Winmau Development Tour

Gian van Veen (PDC)

The 2024 Winmau Development Tour gets underway this weekend, with a record 365 players set to compete acros the opening five events of the year at Milton Keynes' Marshall Arena.

The Winmau Development Tour - open to players aged 16-23* - will see 24 events take place throughout 2024, as the sport's brightest young stars look to replicate the success enjoyed by World Championship runner-up Luke Littler last year.

Littler is no longer eligible to compete on the Winmau Development Tour after breaking into the world's top 32, but there will be a host of big names involved, including last year's Development Tour Order of Merit winner Gian van Veen.

Van Veen won six Development Tour titles during a breakthrough 2023 campaign to finish above Littler and his fellow Dutchman Wessel Nijman on the Development Tour Order of Merit, with Nijman also set to headline this weekend's action.

Former World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks will also feature alongside 2022 UK Open semi-finalist Keane Barry, Austria's Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and former World Youth finalists Nathan Rafferty and Nathan Girvan.

Reigning Women's World Matchplay winner Beau Greaves will make her Development Tour debut in Milton Keynes, having taken the PDC Women's Series circuit by storm over the last 18 months.

Events 1-2 will take place on Friday February 23, which will be followed by another double-header on Saturday February 24, before Event 5 rounds off the first weekend of action on Sunday February 25.

Following the conclusion of the Winmau Development Tour in October, The Winmau World Youth Championship will see its early rounds staged in Wigan, before the final takes place at November's Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

Additionally, the top two players on the final Winmau Development Tour Order of Merit will win a two-year PDC Tour Card and a place in the 2024/25 Paddy Power World Darts Championship.

Entry, costing £25 per event on the Winmau Development Tour, is available for future events through the PDC Entry System.

For new members, the PDPA Junior Membership is also available for £50, which comes into force once players have competed in five events. Players will be contacted directly by the PDPA once they have competed in six events.

* Entry to Development Tour events and the World Youth Championship and its associated qualifiers is open to all players who are aged 23 or under on January 4 2024.

Players who are ranked in the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit on the cut-off date of an event are not eligible to enter those Development Tour Events.

Players who turn 16 during 2024 shall be eligible to enter Development Tour events or World Youth Championship qualifiers once their 16th birthday has passed.