PDC Unicorn Development Tour 1-4 Event Brief
The first PDC Unicorn Development Tour weekend takes place from the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan on the 18th and 19th February 2017
Note: CAR PARK CHARGES MAY BE IN FORCE in 2017 at ROBIN PARK, WIGAN
From Mon 16th Jan 2017, there will be car park charges at Robin Park, Wigan as below.
Up to 2 Hours - £2.00 / Over 2 Hours - £4.00
In 2017 there are 5 weekends of events with 4 events over each weekend (2 each day) the World Youth Championship Last 64 will be played following the final Development Tour on the Monday (6th November)
The PDC Unicorn Development Tour will enable players aged from 16-23 to compete, with each weekend featuring four tournaments worth £10,000 a each. Players can compete from the day that they turn 16, with an upper limit of players needing to be aged 23 or under on January 3rd 2017 (Following the World Championship 2016/17)
So if you are not 24 on the 3rd January 2017 you are eligible.
There is a total amount of £200,000 on offer at the PDC Unicorn Development Tour, with a further £50,000 on offer at The Unicorn World Youth Championship 2017 making a Total £250,000.
The top ranked players on the final Development Tour Table will qualify for the World Youth Championship along with invited World Qualifiers for the £10,000 top prize. The final will be played LIVE on ITV4 during the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
Entry is open to ANY darts player, other than players inside the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit as of the 3rd January 2017, if they move into the top 32 during the season that they are still eligible.
Players who have previously entered PDC tournaments:
Would enter as normal through the PDC Online Entry System CLICK HERE
Any New Players:
Would need to first register their details with the PDC Online Entry System CLICK HERE (This is a draft form for any player registering for servasport) before entering. You will then receive your servasport log on details to enter. You will need to retain the same Username and Password details for entries throughout the year so please note these down!
- Entry costs £25 per event, with £10,000 per event available in prize money.
- Games in Development Tour events are the best of 7 legs up to the Quarter-Finals.
- Games from the Quarter-Finals will be best of 9 legs.
- There are two events per day being held across 32 boards
Both PDC Unicorn Development Tour events will be staged as follows:
8.00am - Doors Open
8.00am-09.30am – Registration for the day’s first event. Players entered into both events will be registered for both events on arrival.
09.30am - Draw Done
10.30am – Start of first event
Before 12.30pm – Players competing only in the day’s second event must register by this time.
Note: The start of the second event, to begin as soon as possible after the first event ends.
Registration and Toe the Oche:
Players must register at the PDC Registration desk before 09.30hrs on the day at the latest, It is the players responsibility to make sure your name is crossed off and registered, and not just to walk past and expect it to be, the draw and schedule of play will then take place and games will commence at 10.30am.
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.
Notice for all PDPA Members on registering your Pro-Tour Guest Passes:
Players will only be allocated TWO NON-TRANSFERABLE bona-fide guest each at the Development Tours, and they must provide their names and days attending to the security desk on arrival.
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 7 legs, up to the Quarter-Finals when it will be best of 9 legs; 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
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. These forms will also be available at the event and MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PLAYER
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 courdroy 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 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.
You must switch off your phone when you enter the arena: 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.
If you need to make a call, please go to the bar/food area away from the playing area. For an Emergency Number please use the numbers at the bottom of the page.
Should any player have any queries about these events please ring PDC Pro-Tour Manager Graham Fairhurst on 0191 251 0255 during office hours: Mobile 07930 975240 or call the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180. Email [email protected] Or your PDPA representative Alan Warriner-Little 07798693998 Email [email protected]
Hotels in Wigan:
The PDPA have secured a corporate rate at the Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel in Wigan:
Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel, Orchard Street, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom WN1 3SS
The corporate rate is £70.00 for 2017 and this will include:
Free Cancellation up to 2pm on day of arrival (If booked individually)
Use of Practice Board Area in Hotel (TBC)
Le Club Loyalty:
To save an extra 10% on all further bookings at the Wigan Oak Hotel, before booking join the Le Club Loyalty Scheme. As part of Accor we offer the Le Club loyalty scheme which comes with the following incentives:
100 complimentary bonus points for anybody that wishes to sign up with us
Earn points on all stays including food and drink
Redeem points against stays
Can be used to earn points in any Accor hotel which include: Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Ibis, Pullman, MGallery, Ibis Styles
10% extra off the best available rates in Mercure hotels only
The 10% discount is only off the rack rate which is the best available rate which you can get online or by phoning the hotel. This does not include the corporate rate.
To Sign Up:
Players email [email protected] and give your names and email address so it can be done before your stay and so you can get their cards.
Phone the hotel on 01942 826888 and quote Professional Darts Players.
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.
There are 3 Premier Inns in Wigan within a short drive or taxi to the venue:
- M6 Junction 25
- M6 Junction 26
- The City Centre
CLICK HERE and add your details for Premier Inns in Wigan i.e. Add Wigan, your dates and pick your choice of the 3 Premier Inns.
For alternative choices please CLICK HERE via booking.com which is a PDPA official Partner, once you have clicked on the link add your details for a large choice of other hotels in the Wigan area.
Travel to the Robin Park, Wigan
Robin Park Tennis 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 5 minutes drive from both Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western Railway Stations, £3/£4 in a Taxi.
There is ample parking at Robin Park, NOTE: During match-days it will be very busy and charges can apply.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL / EGGP) is 25 miles from Wigan
Manchester International Airport (MAN / EGCC) is 29 miles from Wigan
Blackpool Airport is 39 miles from Wigan
The PDPA official Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements in 2015, Katie French at Travel Counsellors is here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.