THERE are a number of ways for players to join the PDC circuit if they wish to compete in professional tournaments, as detailed below.
2019 QUALIFYING SCHOOL
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 2019 PDC Qualifying School will see simultaneous events held in the UK and Europe.
The European Qualifying School from January 3-6 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.
The UK Qualifying School from January 17-20 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).
Entry costs £450 (which includes £50 DRA sanction fee)
Entry will be available through the PDC Tournament Entry System.
All players must Register their details with the new system at this link (existing PDC players are required to do this with the new system to ensure that your details are correct).
Following your registration, you will receive an email to confirm that you are available to enter tournaments, and at this stage you can login to make your entry to the relevant Qualifying School. This verification may take up to 48 hours.
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 2019, 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.
Entries, costing £25 per event, can be made via the PDC Tournament Entry System, with the closing date of 2pm on the Friday immediately before each weekend.
Players can compete from the day which they turn 16. Players aged 23 on January 2 2019 can compete in all 2019 tournaments, regardless of the date which they turn 24.
PDC UNICORN CHALLENGE TOUR
The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will feature five double-header weekends in 2019, 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.
AMATEUR QUALIFIERS FOR UK OPEN
The Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for the 2019 Ladbrokes UK Open will take place in January and February 2019.
Full details of how to enter Amateur Qualifiers for the 2019 Ladbrokes UK Open can be seen at this link.
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 2018 season set to culminate in the Junior World Darts Championship, which sees the final played on stage at Alexandra Palace.
Players aged from eight upwards are welcome to join JDC Academies.
For full details, click here to visit the JDC website.