The 'Entry Deadline' has now passed for the 2021 PDC UK School with stage one over two sessions in February from Milton Keynes.
The stage 1a and 1b draws will appear at the bottom of this page when available. The 2021 Qualifying School had initially been announced to be in January, however due to heightened restrictions in the UK and across Europe have now been moved back, and recently by 1 day.
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Stage One will be held in two blocks of three:
- Stage 1a February 8th-10th
- Stage 1b February 11th-13th
- Final Stage February 14th-17th
Should any players who have already entered and are not now be able to attend the new dates for Qualifying School, they can receive a refund of their entry fee on request to the PDC firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is very limited and only parents/guardians of under 18s and DRA Registered Agents will be permitted AND ONLYIF space allows, so still to be fully confirmed.
At the present time testing is still to be finalised and will be communicated to everyone once known, more will be known nearer the time so the full information is available.
Submit your details using the PDPA’s online Membership System which will be sent to you shortly following your entry from the PDPA, via no
Please be aware that we will be in a better position to confirm any further information once the deadline has closed and the full entry level is established. All information is also subject to the constantly changing factors caused by the global pandemic, local authorities and the DCMS and can change at any time. Please be patient and please read all the information below so you have a full understanding of the information as available to us today (15 Jan 2021).
Everyone is aware of the pandemic and the issues, concerns, challenges and disruption it is causing. The PDC Qualifying School has already been moved from January to February and has, in addition, moved back by one day.
Players are advised to only make flexible or cancellable travel or accommodation bookings if making reservations at this time.
2021 Qualifying School Information
Up to ten days of action will see players competing in First and Final Stages to win two-year PDC Tour Cards to compete on the professional circuit.
In a new development for 2021, the players who lose their Tour Card following the 2020 season will be exempt to the Final Stage of Qualifying School, alongside players who finished in the Top 16 of the 2020 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit.
A three-day Stage One of Qualifying School will allow ANY darts player aged 16 or above to compete for a place in Final Stage, which will be limited to sufficient players to produce a full round of a maximum of 128 players per venue.
The last 4 players from each of the three days in Stage One will move through automatically to Final Stage, with ranking points given to other players based on the number of match wins from the first full round onwards to form an Order of Merit from which further players will move into Final Stage.
29 Tour Cards in total will be allocated to players from the Final Stages in Europe and the UK, with the last two players on each day at the UK Qualifying School and the winner at the European Qualifying School on each day securing a Tour Card by right.
Further Tour Cards will be allocated to the overall four-day Final Stage Order of Merit pro-rata based on overall entries. Entry, costing £450 per player (which includes £50 DRA sanction fee), is now available and can be made through PDC Tournament Entry System.
Players who have not previously played in PDC events will be required to Register with this system before being able to enter. Players who competed in PDC events in 2019 or 2020 will use the same login details for this system at this link.
The entry deadline is being moved to accommodate the new dates, and will be advertised appropriately. Entry will be limited to a maximum for 512 players per venue for First Stage. If you wish to withdraw and apply for a refund of an entry, please contact PDC Tournament Director Graham Fairhurst.
Following your confirmed entry, the PDPA will contact you via your registered email address to complete your PDPA Membership. Players who do not win a PDC Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and be eligible to compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in 2021.
The 2021 Challenge Tour will feature a minimum of eight events before the end of June 2021, with details of further events and all dates to be confirmed on entry. Players wishing to compete in Qualifying School are advised not to book non-refundable hotels or travel at present; further details will be confirmed to players in due course.
Players from the UK, Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar shall play in the UK Q School. Players from all other European Nations shall play in the European Q School. Players from other nations may choose in which Q School to participate.
2021 UK Qualifying School - Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, England
Stage One - February 8th-10th (1a) - February 11th-13th (1b)
- Any player who enters (other than those exempt to Final Stage). Players must be aged 16 or above on 4th January 2021
- Stage One will consist of three days of play, with each day's play featuring a random draw with no seedings and games over the best of 11 legs.
- The final four players from each day move automatically to Final Stage.
- Players will receive one point per win from the first full round onwards. Players level on points shall be split by Leg Difference, then Legs Won, then Overall Average (based on Dart Connect scoring) and then a Play-Off if necessary.
Final Stage - February 14th-17th
Both Qualifying Schools will each feature 128 players only, comprised as follows (split per venue as per geographical eligibility):
- PDC Tour Card Holders from 2020 who lost their Tour Card.
- Players who finished in the Top 16 of the 2020 PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit
- Players who finished in the Top 16 of the 2020 PDC Development Tour Order of Merit
- Qualifiers from the First Stage of Qualifying School (however many are needed to make up 128 after the above three criteria have been fulfilled)
Final Stage will consist of four days of play, with each day's play featuring a random draw with no seedings and games over the best of 11 legs.
The last two players on each day at the UK Qualifying School and the winner on each day at the European Qualifying School receive a two-year PDC Tour Card for 2021/22. Further Tour Cards will be awarded to players pro-rata from the UK and European Qualifying School Orders of Merit.
Players will receive one point per win from the first full round onwards. Players level on points shall be split by Leg Difference, then Legs Won, then Overall Average (based on Dart Connect scoring) and then a Play-Off if necessary.
Players exempt into Stage 2:
PDC Tour Card Holders from 2020 who lost their Tour Card (18):
Simon Stevenson, Robert Thornton, Jamie Lewis, Scott Baker, Gavin Carlin, Joe Murnan, Conan Whitehead, Richard North, Kirk Shepherd, Reece Robinson, Matt Clark, Carl Wilkinson, Adrian Gray, David Pallett, Jonathan Worsley, Barrie Bates, Nathan Derry, Michael Barnard.
Players who finished in the Top 16 of the 2020 PDC CTOoM (10):
Mathew Dennant, Scott Mitchell, Jim Williams, Robert Colins, Nathan Rafferty, Ritchie Burnett, Scott Taylor, Andrew Gilding, Lewis Williams, Adam Huckvale.
Players who finished in the Top 16 of the 2020 PDC DTOoM (4):
Dom Taylor, Joe Davis, Keelan Kay, Rhys Griffin.
Draws for 1a and 1b
The official PDC Hotel for this event is:
DoubleTree by Hilton, ArenaMK, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
These will be announced just prior to the event.
- Stage 1a February 8th-10th
- Stage 1b February 11th-13th
- Stage 2 February 14th-17th
On all PDC & PDPA announcements and correspondence, you have been advised to ONLY BOOK refundable/amendable accommodation and travel during these unprecedented times.
We now know there HAS to be one procedure for hotel bookings so that the events fulfil council requirements in order to allow the events to be staged, which is non-negotiable.
We are very much aware of the issues players now have due to this change and although sympathetic, we are not in control of the regulations which are placed upon us due to the pandemic. We can only advise you using the information we have at the time.
As it stands, the events would not go ahead if this hotel status was not in force and it is mandatory for players (even those who live close by) to stay at the official hotels to maintain a bubble. This means any previous hotels bookings at these hotels via any route which was not the PDC or PDE Europe will need to be cancelled.
All other information on the hotel facilities available will be announced prior to the event.
UK- DoubleTree, Hilton Milton Keynes
- Players can only book x1 room and are unable to share rooms unless sharing with someone from the same household (adhering to guest rules)
- Check-in on Sunday 7 February begins at 19.30pm GMT
- You are required to check out of the hotel prior to registration on day three of the first stage, or when you have concluded playing in the event. This is to keep within capacity rules and bookings/checkout will be arranged on a case by case basis. If you are flying into England, please inform the PDC when booking
- Rooms need to be booked before 23rd February 2021.
- £75 B&B Single £85 Double/Twin B&B plus VAT
If you are in stage 2 book your hotel, if you are in stage 1 it would be better to wait until you see where you are drawn.
For more information and to book please email Hayley at the PDC email@example.com UK event information is available on the PDPA website.
Travel to the MILTON KEYNES:
Marshall Arena, ArenaMK, Stadium Way West, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST United Kingdom.
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Travel to the UK
Current information for non uk based players via Gov.uk CLICK HERE Including the passenger location form. Any non uk based player will also receive an official letter from The PDC as part of the DCMS return to sport exemption, if you need one of these please email Hayley at The PDC firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting to Milton Keynes
The easiest way to reach MK by road is via the M1. If you are coming from the North get off at Junction 14, or from the South, Junction 13. If using the A5 exit at Redmoor Roundabout and follow the signs for Stadium MK. If travelling by train the three closest stations are Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley, and Fenny Stratford.
Getting to Stadium MK
The stadium is 7 minutes from Junction 13 of the M1, and 10 minutes from Junction 14. Follow the brown road signs for Stadium MK when using the A5 or A421 (H8 Standing Way). Milton Keynes is built on a grid system of H Roads (horizontal) and V roads (vertical), we are between V6 Grafton Street and V7 Saxon Street.
There are 1,450 parking spaces around Stadium MK, so there are plenty to choose from. Parking at Stadium MK varies on matchdays and for large events, where traffic management will be in operation and charges may apply.
Milton Keynes is the centre point between London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge. We’re just 35 minutes by train from Central London, and well-served by London Luton airport, just over half an hour's drive away.