Covering the annual championships is pretty easy. Simpy email the British Darts Organisation no firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 28th December 2016. Please use the subject line "Media Request".
Lakeside Country Club is located on the premises of Lakeside Complex, Wharf Road, Frimley Green, Surrey. Satnav reference: GU16 6JR.
M25 Junction 12 to M3 signposted Basingstoke/Southampton;
M3 to Junction 4. Traffic Lights on island: Go straight ahead and then move over to lane furthest left signposted Frimley. Right at first island, then immediately left at next. Follow road round and keep going straight on until you see Jet Garage on your left hand side. Turn immediately left at mini-roundabout onto Wharf Road. Follow road until left hand bend: Lakeside Complex is on your right. Go through entrance and turn left for Lakeside International Hotel or straight ahead for car parks and Lakeside Country Club.
There are four train stations within 10 minutes drive from Lakeside. Ash Vale receives services from London Waterloo, Ascot, Guildford, and Farnham. Trains from Guildford and Ascot also arrive at Frimley Station while Farnborough (Main) is the hub for trains from London Waterloo as well as from far south as Poole, Portsmouth Harbour, and Southampton. These three stations are served by Southwest Trains. North Camp is served by First Great Western's services from Gatwick Airport, Reading, and Redhill.
A competitively-priced taxi service may be booked through the hotel or Grosvenor Private Hire for transfers from Gatwick, Heathrow, Farnborough, train stations and surrounding hotels.
British Darts Organisation +44 (0) 29 2081 1815
Lakeside Country Club +44 (0) 1252 836 464
Lakeside International Hotel +44 (0) 1252 838 000
Facilities for the press:
Press office with work area and television monitor;
High speed Internet;
Refreshment facilities (tea, coffee, water);
Still photography press area in auditorium (see restrictions on still and video photography);
There are no landlines.
WHAT TO DO ON ARRIVAL:
All media personnel should report with their accreditation to the reception desk at Lakeside Country Club where they will collect their press pass
Press Passes will be issued only to bona fide media personnel and must be clearly visible at all times. They allow the wearer privileged access to the Press Offices, backstage areas and playing arena and are non-tranferable. ENTRY TO THE PRESS OFFICE AND OTHER AREAS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED WITHOUT AN OFFICAL PRESS PASS.
In the interests of security, and to ensure that only bona fide media have access to the facilities provided, the Press Office is restricted to Press Pass wearers only. Anyone not displaying an official pass will be challenged to produce press accreditation. If this cannot be provided, they may be asked to leave the premises immediately.
The press office is provided for the exclusive use of accredited media personnel only. Personal equipment left by media in the Press Office or any other part of the venue is done so at the risk of the respective owners of such equipment. the BDO and Lakeside Country Club will not be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred.
Photographers must not use flash equipment at any time in the playing arena when matches are in progress, and sparingly at all other times. If in doubt, check. Care should also be taken not to use equipment that is noisy in operation. Photographers will only be allowed to position themselves in areas which will be defined by Press Office personnel. These safeguards are to protect players and officials from any distraction during match play, and also to ensure that TV cameras are not obstructed in any way.
Video / Television
Channel 4 and BT Sport are the host broadcasters and have exclusive rights to the World Professional Darts Championship. All visiting TV/film crews, must seek permission from these television stations to film inside or outside the venue and associated buildings on site.
7-15 January 2017
Lakeside Country Club since 1986.
This is the 39th consecutive World Professional Darts Championships staged and promoted by the British Darts Organisation.
It is the 31st consecutive year that the games have been hosted at Lakeside Country Club (1986-2017);
It is also the 14th successive year (2004-2017) that Lakeside Country Club will be the main title sponsor of the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
A 38-year relationship between the BBC and the BDO ended with the last championships being broadcast in 2016 and the television rights have now been awarded to Channel 4 and BT Sport.
Two decades after the BBC started broadcasting the championships, Dutch broadcaster SBS6 signed a contract as more Dutch players became prominent. That contract expired in 2008.
In 2012 & 2013, ESPN shared coverage with the BBC but discontinued in 2014 when ESPN was acquired by BT Sport. The following two years saw live coverage returning and being shared between BBC and BT Sport.
From 2017, Channel 4 and BT Sport have been awarded the television rights for the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
The Lakeside championships have enjoyed having the biggest TV audiences for darts anywhere in the world.