The 2020 Challenge Tour is for PDPA Associate Members ONLY:
ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER EVENTS:
To be eligible to play on the Challenge Tour you will have needed to play at least once at either the UK or European Q-School and not won a Tour Card.
PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 21-24 Event Brief:
You must enter these events prior to 2pm on Friday 18th September 2020 to enter please go to your SPORTRADAR online entry account.
REGISTRATION & START ON THE DAY:
Players must register at the PDC Registration desk before 09.30am at the latest, the draw and schedule of play will then take place and games will commence 30 minutes after the draw in announced.
The draw will be available on the TV screens in the venue, with an A-Z of player’s names and drawn board. You must be at your board when your game is due, or you may risk disqualification.
Please keep your eye on the board and when you are due to play. The PDC reserves the right to amend the schedule of play if necessary; any amendments will be posted on the website and in the venue.
TIMINGS ON THE DAY:
08:00 - Doors will open to players and their guest
08:00/09:30 Registration (Any player not registered by 09.30am will not be in the draw for the first event of the day)
09.30 - Registration closes and the draw takes place
30 Minutes after draw is announced - Event Begins
13.00 - Registration closes for the second event of the day, if you have registered for event one you do not need to register again, this is for players who are only playing in the second event of the day.
18.30 - Events Conclude (Approximately)
All Challenge Tour events are drawn at random.
Important Notice for all players registering your Guests: Players will be allowed TWO NON-TRANSFERABLE bona-fide guest each at these Challenge Tours and must provide their names to the security on registration. If your guest details are not provided, their entry to the event may be refused.
Please note that no one wearing football shirts or shorts of any kind are allowed. Tracksuit bottoms or joggers will be at the discretion of staff if you have a valid reason i.e. a medical issue etc (A medical certificate may be required) No children under 11 years old will be admitted. ID for proof of age may be required. Players need to note that their guests are their responsibility, and they need to make sure that they dress and act appropriately.
The format is best of 9 legs throughout; the player on the left of the draw will throw first for the bull to determine who throws first in odd-numbered legs.
Runner Up £1,000
Semi Finals £500
Quarter Finals £300
Last 16 £200
Last 32 £100
Last 64 £50
PRIZE MONEY PAYMENTS:
Is paid by BACS to the account you have provided details for on the PDC Bank Details Form. If you have not provided your details please email the PDPA [email protected] or the PDC Accounts Department [email protected] and ask for a form.
Players must be aware that you are not allowed to put a third parties bank details on your form, unless they are a registered agent or your parent/guardian. You may be asked for proof.
These forms will also be available at the events and MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PLAYER Prize money is paid via bacs usually within 2 weeks following the events.
MARKING & DART CONNECT:
The Dart Connect system will be in use. This event works on a “loser marks” basis, so please make sure you are available to mark the next game if you lose. You may also be required to mark the first game on the board, so be aware of any announcements. Failure to mark may result in a DRA referral and/or removal of your entry for subsequent days.
Players are reminded about their behaviour and it is your own responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner. Players must not drink alcohol in the playing area, bottled water only is allowed (Not in Glasses) The tournament director has the power to stop a game and award the game to the opponent of any player whom the tournament director decides is behaving in a way which is damaging to the sport, the PDC, the PDPA, its sponsors or broadcasters.
RULES & DRESS CODE:
These events will be played under Darts Regulation Authority Rules, and in accordance with the PDC Order of Merit rules which are available at www.pdc.tv The full DRA Rule Book is available at www.thedra.co.uk any queries regarding individual attire should be addressed to the ProTour Manager ahead of the event you are participating in, see below.
With regards to footwear, the DRA rule 5.17.1 applies: Players are not permitted to wear jeans: Neither shall they wear trousers or skirts made with courdroy material which has been fashioned in a "Jeans Style". Black trousers are the required option. No training shoes will be allowed unless the player provides written medical reasons from a qualified practitioner. The restriction shall apply to any form of "Track Suit" attire. The final decision will rest with the Tournament Director.
Players Please Note: Please be aware that no players or guests are allowed to bring alcoholic drinks into the venue FULL STOP for any of these events. All players and guests will be subject to a bag search by PDC Security before admission to the venue is granted. Only alcoholic drinks bought inside the venue are allowed to be consumed. If you have any alcohol in your bag you need to remove it prior to entering the arena, or you may be subject to a DRA referral.
Dispensation will be given to people with special dietary needs but you need to inform the PDC Tournament Director and/or the PDC Europe Tournament Director immediately at registration.
SMOKING & DRINKING:
Smoking is not permitted inside this venue. Smokers should use the designated smoking areas outside of the building. Players are ONLY permitted to drink water during a match. No other drinks can be consumed during a match; this includes having a drink from the table behind you whilst your opponent is throwing or between legs. This rule will be strictly observed.
Any player under the age of 18 drinking alcohol will be immediately eliminated from the event, and will be seen to be bringing the game into disrepute. This also includes those over 18s seen to be supplying alcoholic drinks to players under 18.
Players are not allowed to drink any alcohol during play, this includes a break of play i.e. toilet break etc or you will be disqualified and refered to the DRA. Only bottled water is allowed to be consumed during play.
Please be professional, responsible and appropriate at all times when using social media, you not only reflect yourself but you reflect your sport.
INTERNET BROWSING & CALLS:
For the benefit of competing players and their guests, mobile phones must be turned onto silent before entering the playing area. You are allowed to use mobile phones within the playing area to text, message and browse the internet. The making or receiving of calls in the playing area is forbidden. This includes the bar area.
If you need to make a phone call you must leave the playing area and go outside the venue. It is also forbidden for Players and/or their guests to take photographs within the playing area. Where a Player or Registered Agent fails to comply with this rule it will lead to a referral to the Darts Regulation Authority for possible disciplinary action. Guests who breach this rule will be asked to leave the Arena.
Please note that Players are responsible for their guests at all time when they are attending an event.
CONTACTS PRIOR TO EVENT :
Should any player have any queries about these events please ring PDC Tournament Director Graham Fairhurst 07930975240 or email [email protected] or call the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180.during office hours.
AT THE EVENT:
PDC Pro-Tour Manager TBC
Or your PDPA representative TBC
Official PDPA Hotels in Wigan
We have these hotels on offer:
- Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel (Guaranteed Corporate PDPA Rate)
- Holiday Inn Express (15% Discount)
- Brocket Arms, Wigan (10% Discount)
- Premier Inns Wigan
- Via Booking.com
THE MERCURE WIGAN OAK HOTEL
Orchard St, Wigan Lancashire, UK, WN1 3SS
The PDPA have a corporate rate in 2020 at the Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel in Wigan:
This corporate rate is £65.00 Single & £70.00 Twin/Double and this will include:
- Overnight accommodation
- Full Breakfast
- Free WiFI
- Free Parking
- Free Cancellation up to 2pm on day of arrival (If booked individually)
Phone the hotel on 01942 826888 and QUOTE Professional Darts Players. OR email the hotel direct [email protected]
Unlike other bookings on-line you are able to cancel rooms if booked individually up to 2pm on the day of arrival with no charge, but after that it will be chargeable.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
Martland Mill, Martland Mill Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom, WN5 0XL
Follow this link CLICK HERE for an automatic 15% discount
38 Menses Road, Wigan, Lancashire, WN12DD
Single Room £49 – Twin/Double Room £59
PDPA 10% discount if booked over the phone, please quote PDPA Member when booking.
Please call 01942 823800
You can cancel your booking up to 12.00 noon on the day of your booking, after that a full charge will apply.
PREMIER INNS WIGAN
There are 3 Premier Inns available in the Wigan within a short drive or taxi to the venue:
- M6 Junction 25
- M6 Junction 26
- The City Centre
CLICK HERE to book your Premier Inn:
And add your details for Premier Inns in Wigan i.e. Add Wigan, your dates and pick your choice of the 3 Premier Inns.
BOOKING.COM IN WIGAN
For alternative choices in Wigan via booking.com please CLICK HERE
Travel to the WIGAN:
Robin Park Tennis Centre, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom, WN50UL
Robin Park Leisure Centre, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, Lancashire, WN50UH
From the South: Leave the M6 at J25, turn left at the roundabout onto the A49 towards Wigan. Continue straight over a roundabout a subsequent sets of traffic lights until you reach a large junction called ‘Saddle Junction’. You will see ASDA in front of you, turn left so that you keep ASDA on your right and there will be a fire station on your left (Robin Park Road). At the traffic lights turn right into Loire Drive, follow this road straight across a mini roundabout and round to the back of the shops. The Sports Centre will be on your left and the Arena on your right
From the North: Leave the M6 at J26 turn right onto the A577 signed towards Wigan. Follow the road through 2 sets of traffic lights and arrive at Saddle Junction. Then follow directions above. There is ample free parking on site, please be aware that on match days parking can be more difficult and charges can apply, also on these days make sure you are in a correct parking area.
Robin Park Tennis Centre is an approximate 3/4 minute drive from both Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western Railway Stations, £3/£4 in a Taxi, or a 10 minute walk.
There is ample parking at Robin Park, NOTE: During match-days it will be very busy and charges will apply and be aware of the parking restrictions for disability parking especially in front of the venue.
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL / EGGP) is 25 miles from Wigan.
- Manchester International Airport (MAN / EGCC) is 29 miles from Wigan
We have a shuttle bus for use to/from airports and to/from venue/hotel, there is a charge but cheaper and is obviously someone you can trust. To book any shuttles and for any information including prices please use contact information below. First come first served.
- Andrew Slinger +44 (0) 7712 206991
- Email [email protected]
For All Flights:
The PDPA Official Travel Partner ‘Travel Counsellors’ are here to help all of our members travel requirements in 2018, Katie French and Tina Tomlinson at Travel Counsellors is here to give you travel advice, help and a fully professional service.
For your overall security and safety, please use the official PDPA travel partner ‘Travel Counsellors’ if you choose to go your own way, we do not have any further help we can give to you, for changes, shuttles or an early return in case of emergency or early exit from an event.
24/7 service, Expert advice and seamless service, Online flight check-in, Last minute changes and bookings.
To register for this service send the following to Katie French CLICK HERE Full Name (as written on passport), Contact number, Email address, Date of birth, Address, Passport number, Passport issue date, Passport expiry date, Country of issue, Nationality, Nearest departure airport/s