The 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour is for PDPA Associate Members ONLY, there will be no Challenge Tour only membership in 2018.
Eligibility: 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.
Players Championship: In a change from 2017, any player who is on the CTOoM Table can enter FREE any PDC Players Championship event, and the 128 shortfall will be done in order of precedence from this CTOoM table to fill the 128.
European Tour: For UK based players only, to enter any ET UK Qualifier you must be in the top 32 of this table to be eligible to enter on the deadline date of the ET, and these are also FREE entries.
PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 5-8 Event Brief:
You must enter these events prior to 2pm on Friday 23rd March 2018 to enter please go to the Servasport entry system CLICK HERE
Registration and Toe the Oche:
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 at 10.30 unless otherwise stated.
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 are the same for Saturday & Sunday:
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
10:30 - 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.
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 Queries regarding individual attire should be addressed to the ProTour Manager ahead of the event you are participating in.
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 corduroy material which has been fashioned in a "Jeans Style". 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.
Smoking & Drinking:
Under UK Law, 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 18 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 referred to the DRA. Only bottled water is allowed for consumption during play, not a glass with water in.
No Internet browsing devices are allowed in the playing area, this includes mobile phones, tablets and PCs. There are also no cameras allowed in the playing area this includes cameras, videos and phones with cameras. The Tournament Directors decision is final.
All phones must be switched off on arrival: If you need to make a call or use your device for any other reason please go outside away from the playing area, and switch it back off when returning.
If you need to leave an emergency phone number with anyone, the tournament director and PDPA representative have their details below.
Please be professional, responsible and appropriate at all times when using social media, you not only reflect yourself but you reflect your sport. The DRA have Social Media guidelines CLICK HERE
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:
The Official Hotel is Double Tree by Hilton at the ArenaMK:
ArenaMK, Stadium Way West, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK1 1ST
A limited number of rooms have been held off on an allocation on a first come first serve basis until the 16/02/2018, once it’s gone, it’s gone so get yourself booked in quickly!
Full payment taken at the time of booking, all bedrooms are non refundable, non transferable and non cancellable.
£70 B&B for a standard Hilton double room for single/double occupancy Inc VAT.
Our check in time is from 3pm, check out will be 12pm on the following day, please contact our in house reservations team if you have any early arrival or late departure requests.
The team can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.00am-6.00pm on 0845 4545 045 option 1 or email [email protected] Please note any special requests will be noted however cannot be guaranteed.
You can also book via this link CLICK HERE
Our breakfast times are 6 am to 10am from Monday to Friday and 7am to 11 am on Weekends and Bank Holidays.
Other Hotels in Milton Keynes:
Travel to the ArenaMK, MILTON KEYNES
ArenaMK, Stadium Way West, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK1 1ST
ArenaMK is Located in the heart of the UK:
Milton Keynes is the centre point between London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge. It is just 35 minutes by train from Central London. If you are visiting by car, we’re a ten minute drive from junction 14 or seven minutes from junction 13 on the M1. The nearby A5 gives a direct link to the North of England.
Milton Keynes benefits from three railway stations, Bletchley, Central Milton Keynes and Fenny Stratford; all just five minutes away by taxi.
The ArenaMK and the DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes are located within Stadium MK. Stadium MK is also the home to MK Dons FC.
Stadium MK has 1,600 car parking spaces. For some events overflow and park and ride facilities may also be available, be aware on match days spaces can be limited.
London Luton is just 35 minutes away from ArenaMK
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 please use contact information below.
Andrew Slinger +44 (0) 7889 279124 OR [email protected]
For your security and safety please use the PDPA official Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements, Katie French and Tina Tomlinson at Travel Counsellors are here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.