The PDPA (Professional Darts Players Association) have revealed a financial support for scheme for players affected by the current suspension of darts tournaments due to Coronavirus.

Many players by nature are either self-employed or currently not working due to the global pandemic giving a lot of restrictions.

In addition despite measures being announced last week which would help UK players who are self-employed this won’t be received until at least June.

This has lead many including players wondering what will happen to players; especially outside the higher echelons of the game in terms of their income; now the PDPA have revealed their plans in the statement below:

“The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our Members’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.

Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:
• An Immediate Emergency Fund of up to £1,000 for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact; due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.
• A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead;in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.”

“Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed; with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support.”

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Author: Samuel Gill