PDC Q-School 2017 EVENT BRIEF
Note: CAR PARK CHARGES IN FORCE FROM 16th JANUARY 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
Thursday 19th January 2017 – Sunday 22nd January 2017
Robin Park Tennis Centre, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, Lancashire, WN50UH, UK
'Opposite Wigan FC'
£280 (Via PDC Servasport)
This includes your Q-School entry £250 and your £30 DRA Sanction Fee
The full entry list is at the bottom of this page, some PDPA paperwork is still required, individual players will be emailed directly or seen at Q-School to complete this
Entry to Q School constitutes acceptance of a Tour Card, if a player’s performance earns one. If a player earns a Tour Card by virtue of his performance at Q School but declines a Tour Card, he is not eligible to appear on the Q School Merit Table or play in ProTour (including qualifiers) or Secondary Tour events in 2017.
On the Day:
Play on each day of Qualifying School will be down to four players, who win an automatic two-year PDC Tour Card and do not compete in subsequent days of the event. In addition, players are allocated ranking points based on their finishing position on each day of play.
This forms the Q School Order of Merit (QSOoM) from which an additional number of PDC Tour Cards will be awarded. The exact number of players who will win a Tour Card from the QSOOM has yet to be finalised and will be confirmed in due course.
Ranking Points will be awarded as follows:
- Last 8 defeat: 9 points
- Last 16 defeat: 5 points
- Last 32 defeat: 3 points
- Last 64 defeat: 2 points
- Last 128 defeat: 1 point
All games will be played the best of 9 legs.
The Q School Order of Merit is also used during 2017 to allocate additional places, in ranking order, within Players Championship tournaments, should the full field of 128 Tour Card Holders not enter. Players need only to play on a minimum of one day at Qualifying School, although the Q School OOM will be based on four days’ results. All games are the best of nine legs.
Players who have entered but not yet completed and returned their PDPA Membership Forms will be required to hand these in or complete these in person at the venue before competing at Qualifying School.
Registration on the day:
Please give yourself plenty of time on the first day, as it will be busy and new players will be required to sign their PDPA Forms with us at the PDPA Desk.
You need to register on each day between 09.00am – 11.00am if you do not register at the venue prior to 11.00am you will not be in the draw for that day.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered with the registration desk, do not just walk past and expect it to be, make sure your name is crossed off.
- 09.00am – Doors Open
- 09.00am / 11.00am – Registration
- 11.00am – Registration closes and the draw is done for the day
Any player who does not register by 11.00am will not be in the draw for that day.
- 12.00 – Toe The Oche
- 19.00 – Event Concludes (Approximately)
The draw on each day will take place following registration at 11.00am and will be available to view on the screens in the venue.
Markers are not provided, you will be required to mark at Q-School on a loser basis and if you are the last name on the board the first game. If you fail to mark you will be referred to the DRA.
It is your responsibility to either mark or find someone to mark for you if you are unable to do so.
Players are allowed only ONE GUEST at this event due to the volume of players. These are required to be given to the security desk on arrival. Players are reminded that they are accountable for the behavior and conduct of their guests and all passes are strictly non-transferable.
Players are reminded about their behavior 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 authority 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.
The PDPA & PDC adopt a respect campaign, whilst playing please:
- Respect Your Opponent
- Respect Yourself
- Respect the Game
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 Pro-Tour 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 practioner.
The restriction shall apply to any form of "Track Suit" attire. The final decision will rest with the Tournament Director. Basically as long as they are clearly not shoes designed for running/football/gym etc. they will be OK. Even if they are more casual than traditional shoes
Alcoholic Drinks - 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 for consumed on site. 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
PDC: Should any player have any queries about these events please ring PDC Pro-Tour Manager Graham Fairhurst [email protected] on 0191 251 0255 during office hours: Mobile 07930 975240 or call the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180
PDPA: Or your PDPA representative Alan Warriner-Little [email protected] or 07798 693998
IF YOU WIN A PDC TOUR CARD:
Tour Card Induction:
You are required to attend a ‘Tour Card Induction’ which will be on the morning of the first PDC Pro-Tour event of 2017 (The First UK Open Qualifier in Wigan) Date 3rd February 2017: This usually takes up to 1 hour from 11.30am – 12.30am and will not affect any preparation for the days event. All new Tour Card holders will be informed
Please note: The first day of both UK Open Qualifier triple headers in February do not start until 2pm with registration up to 1pm.
Tour Card Upgrade:
As a Tour Card Holder, you are able to enter any PDC Pro-Tour Event once you have signed all your membership forms and paid your Tour Card Upgrade Fee of £250, this is required within 7 days of the Q-School concluding or you may risk losing your Tour Card. You will have already received your Servasport Login Details from the PDC.
If you won a FREE QS place you are still required to upgrade, as you won a FREE QS place not a Tour Card.
If you don’t win a Tour Card:
As long as you have played at least once at Q-School you will be classed as an Associate Member of the PDPA, you can enter any UK Open Qualifier, and dependent on your position on the final Q-School Order of Merit Table (QSOoM Table) you can enter PDC Players Championships by the deadline, and any Tour Card Shortfalls will be taken up by these players based on your QSOoM Ranking. You are also eligible to play in the PDPA World Championship Qualifier if you have not played in your regional qualifier which does not include any recognised tables.
Grand Slam & World Series Qualifiers: You are NOT eligible to play in the Grand Slam or World Series Qualifiers, these are for Tour Card Holders ONLY
UK Based is: UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland
If you entered Q-School but did not play for any reason, you will not be classed as a PDPA Member and you can only play on the Challenge Tour, you do not need to pay any further registration fees just the entry for any of these events you want to play in via the PDC Servasport On Line entry system.
2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries
(Any outstanding PDPA paperwork required, will be emailed directly to each individual player)
Julio Barbero Gonzalez
Ricardo Fernandez Carballo
Bryan de Hoog
Ryan De Vreede
Lennart Curt Efraimsson
Ting Chi Royden Lam
Kai Fan Leung
Coni Singh Nagi
John Jnr Norman
Gabriel Florin Olar
Jesus Noguera Perea
Jose Henrique Pinto De Sena
Jose Ventura Seijas Ramos
Stuart Stubbs Snr
Alan Tabern Jnr
Willy van de Wiel
Michel van der Horst
Michael Van Dijk
Benjamin van Erven
Carlo van Peer
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:
- Overnight accommodation
- Full Breakfast
- Free WiFI
- Free Parking
- 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.
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 and Blackpool Airport is 39 miles from Wigan, both have train networks to Wigan.
For your security and safety please use our official PDPA Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements in 2016, Katie French at Travel Counsellors is here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.