What We Do
The PDPA was originally formed 35 years ago. With the aim to look after the interests of the Professional Darts Player, with a pro-active chief executive and administrative staff, supported by a board of directors.
We aim to provide a true voice and benefits for its members whilst helping them achieve their ambitions within the Professional Darts arena. We work fully in partnership with the PDC, DRA and the JDC.
The PDPA is the only professional darts association. Its full mandate is to “protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players by collective bargaining agreements and negotiations” with the PDC, the DRA and any other relevant bodies.
The health and wellbeing of our members is our priority, with our partners ‘Sporting Chance’ and ‘Thrive’ we offer full emotional support throughout their careers, and we are a full signatory for the Mental Health Charter for recreation and sport.
All PDC Players are required to be a member of the PDPA to play in any PDC sanctioned events as per PDC Rule 1.1.
How many players do the PDPA represent?
There are 128 PDC Tour Card Holders ‘Full Members’ and a further 850 players who entered the 2023 PDC Q-School but did not get a Tour Card, these are ‘Associate Members’ for the 2023 season. These players are eligible to play on the Challenge Tour of which 453 different players did so.
Along with these, there are also 522 different players played on the Development Tour (Junior Members)
Over 216 different players played on the Women's Series in 2023, and over 200 Day members (For European Tour Qualifiers Only) with 158 different players playing on the main European Tour.
All PDPA Members must abide by the new PDPA Articles and Code of Conduct.