Kiwi darts player Cody Harris to compete against more than 600 athletes at PDC Qualifying School

Kiwi darts player Cody Harris will be competing against more than 600 athletes fighting for 33 two-year tour cards at the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Qualifying School.

The PDC gives darts players from around the world the chance to win a tour card to join the professional circuit at schools in either Wigan, England or Hildesheim, Germany.

The 32-year-old Harris will be competing at the Wigan school, which will feature the likes of former world no 1 Colin Lloyd and Auckland Darts Masters finalist Corey Cadby.

The father-of-five arrived in Wigan on Thursday (NZ time) to compete in the four-day event which runs from January 19-22 (NZ time).

Eight tour cards are guaranteed for the Wigan event, while four are guaranteed for the Hildesheim school. The remaining 21 cards will be determined off ranking points, which are earned with every win.

Despite facing some tough competition, Harris told Newshub earlier in the week that he is confident he can win a tour card.

"I'm confident I will get it," Harris told Newshub. "I've had word from people over there, who know what goes on, that they have no doubt I will get it, which gives me more confidence.

"I'm really excited. I might not look it, but I am really excited to go over and do the best you can in the sport."

Harris recently competed at the World Darts Championships in London, where he lost in the first round to world no 14 Ian White. He has also represented New Zealand twice at the World Cup of Darts.