THERE are a number of ways for players to join the PDC circuit if they wish to compete in professional tournaments, as detailed below.
The annual PDC Qualifying School allows ANY darts player aged 16 or above the chance to compete to win a PDC Tour Card in January each year.
The 2018 PDC Qualifying School will expand to see simultaneous events held in the UK and Europe from January 18-21.
Full details of the Qualifying School will be announced in due course, however for clarity for players the two events will be split between European players and players from the UK, Ireland and Rest of the World.
The UK Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan will be open to players from the UK, Ireland and Rest of the World (non-European countries).
The European Qualifying School will be open to players who are citizens of European nations including: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.
Further details will be announced at www.pdc.tv and www.pdpa.co.uk.
PDC UNICORN DEVELOPMENT TOUR
The PDC Unicorn Development Tour is open to ANY player aged 16-23, with the series of £10,000 tournaments each year leading up to the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.
In 2017, 20 tournaments will be held across five double-header weekends, with two events per day for players to compete in.
This will be followed by the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship, which features qualifiers from the Development Tour Order of Merit as well as international qualifiers.
PDC UNICORN CHALLENGE TOUR
The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will feature five double-header weekends in 2017, where PDPA Associate Members compete for £10,000 in prize money in two events per day.
Challenge Tour events are open to any player who competes at Qualifying School who does not win a Tour Card, as well as PDPA Challenge Tour Only Members, who did not play in Q School but register to compete on the Challenge Tour.
To join as a PDPA Challenge Tour Only Member, please visit www.pdpa.co.uk.
RILEYS AMATEUR QUALIFIERS FOR UK OPEN
The Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for the 2017 Coral UK Open took place in January and February in Rileys Sports Bars around the UK.
Full details of how to enter the 2018 Amateur Qualifiers for the Coral UK Open will be announced here once confirmed.
The PDC are affiliated to and support the Junior Darts Corporation, which stages a series of tournaments throughout the year and also supports a series of Academies.
Players aged from 10-18 can compete in JDC Tour Events, with the 2017 season set to culminate in the Junior World Darts Championship.
For full details, click here to visit the JDC website.