Structure, Rules & Regulations
The Professional Darts Players Association ‘PDPA’ initially formed in the early 1980’s and reconstituted under the auspices of the Sports Industries Federation in 2001.
The PDPA is set up to look after the interests of professional players through an annually elected Board, which is headed by Chairman Peter Manley and Chief Executive Alan Warriner-Little .
Other board members are: David Pomfret, Jacques Nieuwlaat and Andy Scott. The PDPA Secretary Zoe Banks, is based at the PDPA Office in Carlisle.
Membership of the PDPA is open to all players of the appropriate standard, who from 2011 onwards would need to first earn a PDC Pro-Tour card at Qualifying School to play full-time on the PDC circuit, with players who fail to win a Tour Card earning Associate Member status and are then eligible to play on the PDC Challenge Tour along with other Qualifying events.
For players aged 16-23 there is also a Development Tour:
PDPA Members have the right to qualify and play in PDC Premier televised tournaments as well as on the PDC Pro-Tour. Some PDC Premier events – including the World Darts Championship, Grand Slam and World Series – have qualifying places which are exclusive to PDPA members.
PDPA members are also able to enter Players Championship events on the PDC Pro Tour, a series of tournaments carrying £75,000 prize money which are staged throughout the year, as well as the UK Open Qualifiers, which work towards qualification for the UK Open Televised Finals in Minehead, as well as the European Tour events and the members-only knockout qualifier for the World Championship which is held following the completion of the year’s Players Championship events.
The PDPA Board
Mr Peter Manley / Chairman
Peter is currently the longest serving PDPA Board member, he started on the PDPA Board on 30th September 2001, and as Chairman from 27th September 2003. Undoubtedly one of the characters of the game, he won The Las Vegas Desert Classic in 2003.
Mr Alan Warriner-Little / Full Time CEO
Alan joined The PDPA Board on 30 Mar 2003, and was Vice Chairman from 01 Jan 2007 until 31 Dec 2008. He took over the post of CEO on 01 Jan 2009. Alan has been a professional darts player for over 20 years and his CV speaks for itself. He is a former World Grand Prix Champion and although he did play in the Australian Open in 2010 he no longer plays on the ProTour. He is currently also working for ITV as a studio pundit and co-commentator, and with Perform Media on other darts related TV.
Mr Andy Scott / Director and Statistics
Andy has been on the board of The PDPA since 04th November 2004, he attends events as a non-player, and looks after the rankings.
Mr David Pomfret / Company Secretary / Director
David has been the Company Secretary for a number of years and joined the Board in September 2011.
Mr Jacques Nieuwlaat / Director / European Delegate
Jacques joined the PDPA Board in September 2011 as our European Delegate and contact for European members for issues related to or important to European Players.
Mrs Zoe Banks PDPA Secretary / Admin Support
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