Darts World are delighted to note that the PDPA is stepping up to assist pro, and semi-pro, darts players during the Covid-19 difficulties. It is often, wrongly, imagined that professional players have huge amounts of money and would be able to manage,
However, many of those in the lower rankings have had their other sources of income dry up completely and need urgent assistance.
The PDPA acts as a type of Union for players and has acted accordingly. We hope they continue to keep the situation under review and help players and their families as and when needs change.
The PDPA statement is carried below:
A statement released by the PDPA on Tuesday March 31 read:
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. If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.