In 2014 the PDC continued to expand by splitting out the Challenge and Youth tours into two separate development tours. The PDC now operate a three tiered system where youngsters and amateurs can move through the ranks with a view to winning a tour card for the main PDC Pro Tour.

The Youth Tour is open to players aged 16-21 while the Challenge Tour is open to all PDPA Associate Members who fail to win a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

The players who finish first and second on the respective Challenge Tour and Youth Tour Orders of Merit will receive two-year Tour Cards to move onto the PDC ProTour. In addition, the players who finish from third to eighth on each Order of Merit will receive free entry to PDC Qualifying School.

In 2014 there are 16 events on each tour with a total of £280,000 in prize money on offer.

The PDC’s development initiatives first began in 2011 with the Youth Tour open to 14-21 year olds. This ran for two years before being rebranded as the Challenge Tour in 2013. The Challenge Tour expanded the age group to 14-25 year olds.

In 2014 the Youth Tour was brought back to run alongside the Challenge Tour as explained above. Thus giving players of all ages and abilities to compete for decent prize money and a way onto the PDC Pro Tour.

2013 PDC Youth Tour Final Standings

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2012 PDC Youth Tour Final Standings

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