Winners Crowned at WDBS Wilson Interiors Hull Open

The final ranking event of the 2023/24 season took place last weekend at the Tradewell Snooker Club in Hull with champions crowned across eight classification groups.

A total of 79 cueists from seven nations, a new record for the Wilson Interiors Hull Open, embarked on East Yorkshire for the latest staging of the prestigious event which was first held in 2016.

On an historic weekend of WDBS action, two players moved to the summit of their group ranking lists, two more reached a ranking event final for the first time in the career and a record break by an ambulant player was achieved.

Read about how the action unfolded below.

Beaumont Goes Back-To-Back

England’s Dave Beaumont followed up on his maiden ranking event title at the Belgian Open by defeating Tony Southern 3-0 in the final of Group 1+2.

Beaumont dropped just a single frame across his six matches in the event and also compiled the group’s high break during a 2-0 group stage victory over Gary Swift.

Playing in only his fourth WDBS ranking event, the eventual champion dominated his five-man group, which also featured Neville Helou – who had travelled from New South Wales in Australia to compete in the WDBS ranking event for the very first time.

A whitewash victory over Nathan Williams, another player competing for the first time, put Beaumont in the final where he faced the groups top-ranked player Southern.

Southern was no match for Beaumont on this occasion, however, as he made it back-to-back titles with an impressive display which also moves him to a career-high of second in the world rankings.

Kelly is King in Hull

Daniel Kelly defeated Kal Mattu 3-0 in the Group 3 final to win the second ranking event title of his career.

The Irishman was the dominant player across the weekend, dropping just two frames in six matches as he topped his five-man group before defeating the group’s two highest-ranked players to secure the crown.

Joe Hardstaff proved a stern test for Kelly in the semi-final, drawing level at 1-1, but was only able to score a single point in the third frame and the former Irish Open champion then took the fourth to reach the title match.

Mattu, the only player to take a frame off Kelly in the initial group phase, was his opponent again in the final but was unable to deny the Irishman his first title away from home soil.

Hometown Glory for Gibson

Carl Gibson defeated Nigel Brasier 3-0 in the Group 4 final to win the title in his home city and move to number one in the ranking list for the first time.

Gibson has now won all three ranking titles in 2024, adding the Wilson Interiors Hull Open crown to the British Open and Belgian Open titles won earlier in the year.

The local player started strongly in his opening group stage contest against Brasier as he compiled a 99 break, a new record for an ambulant cueist in a WDBS event, en-route to a 2-0 victory.

Gibson’s toughest test came in the semi-final match against recent World Snooker Tour (WST) Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Blunn.

Blunn took the opener and also led 2-1 in a the best-of-five frame contest, but despite making a half-century in the decider he was unable to deny Gibson his place in the title match.

There he would meet Brasier, who had created one of the stories of the weekend by eliminating former professional world number eight Dean Reynolds and world number one William Thomson to reach the first ranking event final of his career.

The 3-0 scoreline in the final did not fully reflect the action on the baize, with each of the frames being closely contested, but ultimately it was Gibson who showed his experience to get over the line and memorably secure the world number one position in his home city.

Fantastic Five in a Row for Bolton

Dave Bolton secured a fifth consecutive ranking event title by defeating Dalton Lawrence 3-1 in the Group 5 final.

Bolton continues to look unstoppable in WDBS ranking events and was once again in dominant form as he dropped just three frames across eight matches at the Tradewell Snooker Club.

The Englishman compiled a quartet of half-centuries across the weekend as he topped his group, despite an unexpected defeat to Belgian Open finalist Dave Waller, before whitewashing Jason Ellis to reach the final.

Lawrence reached the final by defeating Gerdy Dupont 3-1 in the last four, which also secured his place at next month’s Champion of Champions event, and took the opening frame of the title match against Bolton.

Bolton ultimately proved too strong, however, and a break of 51 in the third frame helped the 48-year-old on his way to glory.

Butt Back to Winning Ways

Mohammed Faisal Butt defeated Alan Reynolds 3-1 in the Group 6A final at the Tradewell Snooker Club.

The victory will give confidence to the 44-year-old Englishman as he prepares to once again face Reynolds in the Champion of Champions next month, where he was defeated 6-0 by the Scotsman last year.

Butt saved his best form for the knockout stages, following up a quarter-final victory over Liam Crook with a stunning whitewash victory over Ryan Ryding, who he had previously lost to in the initial group phase.

In the final he faced Reynolds, who had not lost a single frame en-route to the final and was aiming for a third consecutive Group 6A crown, but the Englishman was too strong on this occasion and charged into a 2-0 lead before ultimately getting over the line 3-1 to take the title.

Heroics in Hull from Haslam

Matthew Haslam came from 2-0 down to defeat Ryan Pinnington 3-2 in the Group 6B final of the Wilson Interiors Hull Open.

The success secured Haslam’s place in next month’s Champion of Champions event and saw him defend the title that he won at the Tradewell Snooker Club in 2023.

Twelve cueists competed in the classification group and Haslam was the joint-best performer in the first round as he, along with Pinnington and world number one Leroy Williams, topped his group without dropping a frame.

The 19-year-old came from behind to defeat Ben Rogers 2-1 in the quarter finals before whitewashing Christopher Goldsworthy to reach the final.

There he would meet Pinnington, who had impressively reached a maiden ranking event final by whitewashing the reigning British Open champion James Hart before holding his nerve in a decider against Williams after the group’s top ranked player had come from 2-0 down.

The 25-year-old made a dream start to the title match, firing in a 41 break to move 2-0 ahead and one away from glory.

Unfortunately for Pinnington, he was this time unable to hold off a comeback as Haslam battled back to 2-2 and then dominated the decider to win the title.

O’Brien Wins Title at Tradewell

Colvin O’Brien won an all-Irish final against Dylan Rees 3-1 to win the Wilson Interiors Hull Open for the first time in his career.

O’Brien made history at the turn of the year when he made the first ever century break in a WDBS event at January’s British Open and he has continued his fine form by winning back-to-back ranking event titles in Bruges and Hull.

Four victories from six group stage matches proved enough for the 38-year-old to reach the knockout stages, where he then overcame Mike Gillespie in a dramatic contest that he trailed 2-0 before getting over the line in a decider.

Rees was his opponent in the title match after whitewashing defending champion Paul Smith in the semi-finals, but it was O’Brien who took the glory in the battle of the Irish cueists as he compiled a break of 44 to secure the crown in frame four.

Vital Victory for Taylor in Hull

Gary Taylor won his first ranking event title in over a year to return to world number one and book his place at the Champion of Champions.

Taylor, who lost to Luke Drennan in the final of last year’s Hull Open, secured a 3-2 victory over Belgium’s Kristof De Bruyn to lift a first title since the 2023 Belgian Open.

A strong field of sixteen players entered the Group 8 event, the highest of any classification group in the tournament, and Taylor topped his group with a clean sweep of wins before whitewash victories over Richard Gott and Daniel Booth in the knockout stages saw Taylor reach the final without dropping a frame.

De Bruyn topped a tough group that saw world number one Lewis Knowles eliminated in the opening round, and then beat Nitesh Chavda and Drennan to set up a final meeting with Taylor.

The title match was a dramatic and hard-fought contest that saw the two players trading frames and it seemed fitting that the match went to a decider, which Taylor was able to take 51-16 to be crowned champion.

Glory for Grant in Challenge Cup

David Grant defeated Robert Marriott 2-0 to win the Challenge Cup at the Wilson Interiors Hull Open for a second consecutive year.

The Challenge Cup sees players who did not qualify for the final day’s knockout stages compete for glory and it was Group 8 player Grant who took the title by defeating Ronnie Allen, Lewis Knowles, Tony Davies and finally Marriott at the Tradewell Snooker Club.

WDBS would like congratulate all the winners and thank everyone at the Tradewell Snooker Club and Wilson Interiors for their support with the event.


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WPBSA Players Statement | 18 May 2024

Following a meeting of WPBSA Players held yesterday (17 May 2024) it has been announced that Shaun Murphy has been elected as chairman of the WPBSA Players Board.

Former world champion Murphy, who joined the WPBSA Players Board in December 2023, will take over from Ken Doherty who has held the position since 2021. Doherty will remain on the Players Board and continue to play an active role.

Shaun Murphy said: “I’m extremely humbled to have been proposed and subsequently voted in today as Chairman of WPBSA Players by my fellow board members.

“I’d like to thank our previous Chairman Ken Doherty for his leadership and guidance and thank him for the integrity and professionalism he has brought to the position. I will endeavour to follow in his footsteps and bring those qualities, along with some of my own to the role.

“My fellow directors and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnerships within the world of snooker as we work together with WST and WPBSA.”

During the meeting Matt Selt was also appointed as vice-chairman of WPBSA Players.

Murphy and Selt were elected by the membership at the WPBSA’s Annual General Meeting in December along with Mark Davis, who joined Doherty and Nigel Bond as Player Directors.

Jason Ferguson will continue as Chairman of the WPBSA Group of organisations tasked with the global governance of the sport and its overall development.

“The WPBSA looks forward to working with Shaun and his team on the Players Board. Shaun is the consummate professional and has great passion for snooker. I have no doubt that he will serve the best interests of the members during this exciting time in our sport.

“I must thank Ken for his service as the inaugural Chairman of WPBSA Players. Ken oversaw a period of major constitutional change for our players body and I am sure will continue to support the membership moving forwards.”

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WPBSA Snooker Podcast | Davis Back on Top of the Snooker World

The season one finale of the WPBSA Snooker Podcast is upon us and today we revisit the story of the 1987 World Championship which saw Steve Davis regain the title for the first time in three years to reaffirm his position as the number one player of the era.

Host Michael McMullan is joined by six-time Crucible king Davis himself, alongside former world number three and leading snooker analyst Neal Foulds, who himself memorably reached the semi-finals of the event that year in Sheffield.

A bumper episode sees a wide-range of topics discussed including the season leading up to the World Championship, during which Foulds claimed his maiden ranking title at the International Open, before Davis bested him in the UK Championship final later in the year.

The trio also share their memories of many of the sport’s key figures of the era and how the game shifted with the emergence of Stephen Hendry towards the end of the decade, as well as of course the World Championship itself as Davis reclaimed the title following back-to-back final losses the previous two years.

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WPBSA Q Tour Middle East to Expand for 2024/25

The World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) has today announced an exciting expansion of the Q Tour Middle East series for the 2024/25 season.

The series will feature a trio of events in the region, with the first set to take place in Bahrain later this month before further events in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia later in the year.

Last season saw a global expansion of the Q Tour for the first time with the incorporation of events in the Middle East, Americas and Asia-Pacific regions alongside the European series which has been held since 2021/22.

The Middle East series had notable success in its inaugural season as both Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh and Mohamed Shehab, from the UAE, secured two-year World Snooker Tour cards at March’s Global Play-Off in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The full calendar for the 2024/25 Q Tour Middle East series can be found below. Further details on dates and venues will follow in due course.

Event 1: 21-23 May 2024 (Bahrain)

Event 2:19-21 July 2024 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Event 3: October/November/ 2024 (Saudi Arabia)

The series will once again carry a ranking list with the top two players at the conclusion of the final event earning their places at the 2025 Q Tour Global Play-Off.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We are delighted to announce an expansion of the Q Tour Middle East series to now feature events in three countries.

“Snooker is seeing tremendous growth in the region with World Snooker Tour events staged in Saudi Arabia, the achievements of ranking event winner Hossein Vafaei in recent years and the success of the Q Tour Middle East series further highlighting this growth.

“We are hugely excited to be returning as we underline our commitment to the region. We would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support.”

Saudi Arabia Billiard & Snooker Federation President, Dr. Nasser Saab Al-Shammari said: “We are pleased to see the continued expansion of snooker in the Middle East and we hope that the continued success of the WPBSA Q Tour Middle East series will provide the pathway for our players and officials and inspire the next generation of snooker stars from the region to develop and compete with the world’s top stars.

“We would like to thank WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and his team for their ongoing support as we continue our goal of growing snooker in the Middle East.”

Mr Monther Albasri of the Bahrain Billiards, Snooker & Darts Federation said: “We are pleased to support the growth of the game alongside the WPBSA by hosting the first event of the 2024/25 Q Tour Middle East Series.”

Mr Khalid Alkhaili from UAEFED added: “We are delighted to see an expansion to the Q Tour Middle East series. With our partnership with the WPBSA and CueSports, we aim to serve the game as one of the UAE government & Dubai Sports Council’s strategic plans.”

CueSports CEO Dr. Ahmed Alhashmi said: “There is no more exciting way to help players in the region than working together with the WPBSA to develop the Q Tour Middle East series and future plans.”

Further information about the 2024/25 Q Tour will be published in due course.


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Ferguson Pays Tribute to Rolf Kalb on Snooker Retirement

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson has paid tribute to Germany’s Rolf Kalb who will retire from snooker after a 40-year career following the conclusion of the final of the Cazoo World Snooker Championship today.

Kalb has worked as a snooker journalist, commentator, and MC for the past four decades and has become synonymous with snooker in Germany as the popularity of the sport grew in the nation.

He began his career in 1983 as media officer for the German Cue Sports Federation while studying at university, before taking up the role as a commentator on the newly-launched Eurosport channel in November 1989.

Eurosport played a major role in the growth of snooker in mainland Europe, including in Germany, and Kalb became known as the voice of the sport to many German fans.

In 2011, the German Masters was launched with Kalb as the MC of event and it has rapidly grown into one of the highlights of the World Snooker Tour (WST) calendar each season as enthusiastic fans flock to Tempodrom in Berlin.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Rolf Kalb in the very early days of developing this sport internationally, it was clear back then that Rolf had the passion and the spirit to help us bring huge audiences to our great sporting moments.

“Since that day Rolf has been instrumental throughout Germany and mainland Europe and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude as our sport has grown throughout the region.

“On behalf of the WPBSA and World Snooker Tour I would like to wish Rolf a wonderful retirement and I am sure he will continue to follow our sport in the years to come.”

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Seniors of Sheffield Day Returns to the Crucible Theatre

World Seniors Snooker is delighted to announce the return of the Seniors of Sheffield Day which will take place during the World Seniors Snooker Championship on Friday 10 May.

In partnership with Age UK Sheffield, the day will bring 600 local residents from the aging population in the city to the Crucible Theatre to watch the event and meet some legends of the snooker world.

The number of over 50’s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6. This compares to around 1.4 million in 2016/7 – a 49% increase in 10 years and Age UK reported in 2016 that there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.

Jason Francis, Chairman of World Seniors Snooker and creator of the initiative, said “According to our partners Age UK half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all. Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections is hugely detrimental to people’s health”

Rohit Sagoo, World Seniors Director said “It’s about getting those who are in the aging population in Sheffield out of their seats, out of their homes to come and watch some snooker at the Crucible.”

John Parrott, 1991 World Snooker Champion said “It’s a brilliant idea, everyone’s excited to see the snooker and meet some of the legends. It’s a wonderful initiative for the event and the city”

Lucy Sharp from Age UK Sheffield said “Last year was such an amazing success and we have been inundated with requests for tickets this year. Giving the people of Sheffield a day out to meet the stars, meet each other and see some snooker has been so well received”

The Mr Vegas World Seniors Snooker Championship which will be played between 8-12 May and be shown live in the UK on Channel 5.

Tickets are now on sale via the Crucible on 0114 2496000 or online at

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King Kyren! Wilson Is New Crucible Champion

Kyren Wilson became the 23rd player to lift the famous Cazoo World Championship trophy at the Crucible, beating Jak Jones 18-14 in the final.

Frame by Frame

Having won the first seven frames during the opening session on Sunday, Wilson was able to nurse his advantage to the winning post, and although tenacious Jones fought hard, he couldn’t narrow the gap to less than three. By coming from 17-11 to 17-14 he created an exciting finish, but it proved too little, too late. Wilson’ s scoring was impressive throughout, making four centuries and eight more breaks over 50 as he joined the exclusive group of players to have captured the sport’s biggest prize.

Soon after he first appeared at the Crucible a decade ago, Wilson stated with confidence that he would come back and win the title one day. Sheffield has not always been a happy hunting ground for the Warrior and he has suffered a few heavy defeats, notably an 18-8 reverse against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2020 final, and a 13-2 humbling at the hands of John Higgins a year ago. But his self-belief has never wavered and the 32-year-old from Kettering now has the ultimate reward.

Wilson Joins Elite Group

The father-of-two’s success is inspiring given that his wife Sophie and younger son Bailey have suffered serious health problems within the last year. Inevitably Wilson’s form suffered and he had previously appeared in just one ranking event semi-final this season. But he has handled adversity with resolve, and will take immense pride in celebrating with his close-knit family including brother Taylor and parents Rob and Sonya who have sacrificed so much since his junior days.

During a 10-1 annihilation of Dominic Dale in the opening round, Wilson showed that he was among the form players in the field, and he went on the score comfortable wins over Joe O’Connor, Higgins and David Gilbert to reach his second Crucible final. His patchy results this season have belied the fact that his break-building is a good as ever – only Judd Trump has made more centuries. Across this event he made eight centuries and 44 more breaks over 50; such prolific scoring coupled with a strong tactical game and ability to handle any situation with a cool temperament have made him the outstanding player of this year’s Championship.

It’s a sixth ranking title for Wilson and first since the 2002 European Masters. Banking the top prize of £500,000, he jumps nine places up the rankings to a career high position of third.

World number 44 Jones would have been the longest-odds ever winner of the title having started the qualifiers as a 200-1 outsider. The 30-year-old Welshman won two matches to make it to the televised stages. Enjoying his time in the spotlight, he has broken new ground in his career, highlighted by a quarter-final victory over Judd Trump, but in the end coming from 7-0 down in the final was too much to ask. Jones misses out on becoming only the second qualifier, after Terry Griffiths and Shaun Murphy, to lift the trophy. But having appeared in his first ranking final, the £200,000 prize boosts him 30 places to number 14, as he joins the elite top 16 for the first time.

Going into the final session 15-10 ahead, Wilson soon extended his lead, winning a safety battle on the last red and clearing the table in frame 26. Cwmbran’s Jones hit back with a 105, his first century of the match, for 16-11. He also had chances in frame 28, missing a short range red to a top corner when leading 46-37. He later cleared the colours to force a respotted black, but then failed to convert a clear chance to a baulk corner, and Wilson fluked the black off three cushions to go six up with seven to play.

Spurred on by the Crucible crowd, Jones gained momentum with a run of 67 for 17-12. In the next he made a bold attempt at a maximum break, potting 12 reds with blacks for 96 before a tough 13th red along a side cushion stayed on the baize. The fight-back gathered pace when he took a scrappy 31st frame to close to 17-14.

Trailing 29-4 in the 32nd, Jones went for a double to a centre pocket, and was unlucky to see the red hit the jaw and bounce into a pottable position in baulk. This was Wilson’s chance, and his match-winning break of 42 was the most important of his career. Tears were soon flowing as he embraced his family on the arena floor.

“I have dreamed of this since I was six years old,” said Wilson. “To win it with all my family there was just how I imagined it. Jack fought and made it so hard for me, it was tough to hold it all together. In the last frame I just kept potting balls and suddenly I had potted match ball and I was World Champion. It means everything.

“I was gutted to lose the final to Ronnie in 2020 and if that had been my only final I would have been heart-broken. I remember being drained in the first session of that final. This time I felt great, and when I saw Jak I thought he might struggle, I knew that was the moment to kick on. From 7-0 I knew I just had to avoid losing a session heavily, and to keep making it hard for him.”

Preparation, diet and fitness – managed by his brother – have been key for Wilson. “I am sick to death of salmon!” he joked. “I’m having a kebab and a few beers tonight! I have slept really well throughout the tournament and that is important. I believe I can be a multiple World Champion – hopefully the first one is the hardest to win.”

Jones said: “I left myself with too much to do from 7-0. After my semi-final on Saturday night I didn’t get back to the hotel until 1am, and didn’t sleep at all that night. I felt flat yesterday in the first session, though Kyren came out flying and would probably have beaten me anyway. If I could have got to 17-15 tonight I might have had a chance, he might have started twitching. But I was just too far behind.

“I am proud to have got this far without playing that well, it has been my B or C game most of the time. So to beat some of the best players and get so close to the title gives me a lot of confidence. I have learned a lot about how to handle this event and I believe I can come back and win it. Being in the top 16 now is a major plus and I want to build on that.”

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WPBSA Snooker Podcast | Tales From Wales

For many years Wales has been a hotbed of talent for the World Snooker Tour and in the latest episode of the WPBSA Snooker Podcast we discuss just a few of the stars from the valleys to have made their imprint upon our sport.

Host Michael McMullan is joined by Wayne Griffiths, son of 1979 world champion Terry Griffiths and leading snooker coach in his own right, as well as WPBSA Player Relations Manager and former Tour player Neil Tomkins to recount their own fascinating experiences of growing up in Wales and the snooker scene in the country.

Among the topics discussed are of course Griffiths’ memories of his father’s world title triumph, as well as stories of iconic names including Ray Reardon, Doug Mountjoy and many more. The pair also discuss the many events that took place regularly throughout the country, from pro-ams and night flyers, to the Welsh Amateur Championship and much more.

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New Global WPBSA Online Course Trains 30 New Coaches in Australia and the Americas

Two WPBSA Level 1 coaching courses have been staged remotely during the Cazoo World Snooker Championship for 30 new coaches in Australia and the Americas.

Led by Head of Coaching Chris Lovell and qualified Level 3 advanced coaches Andrew Highfield and Nigel Bond, the sessions were staged online and at Ding Junhui’s Snooker Academy in Sheffield with participants from the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council (ABSC) and Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (PABSA) calling in remotely to  attend  the course and question the experts.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson attended the face-to-face aspect of the course to offer his congratulations and support to those partaking as they take first steps into becoming officially recognised WPBSA Snooker coaches with the governing body.

The Level 1 course is the first of three in the WPBSA coaching programme and aims to increase participation in the sport by offering an introduction on how safeguarding and protecting children, how to coach the basics of the game to players of all abilities while also providing an overview of the how the WPBSA supports grassroots development of the sport globally.

WPBSA’s Head of Coaching and Training Development Manager Lovell said: “We are delighted to continue the WPBSA’s worldwide coaching development programme supporting officially recognised national governing bodies around the world with a blend of online and face-to-face. Congratulations to all of our new coaches!

“I would like to offer my thanks to Andrew and Nigel, the team at Ding Junhui’s Snooker Academy and everyone at both the ABSC and PABSA for their support in ensuring that these sessions go ahead smoothly and successfully.”

Information on further courses across all levels will be released in due course. Learn more about the WPBSA Coaching Programme.


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WPBSA Hosts First Sensory Snooker Sessions

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) hosted one of its first ‘sensory snooker’ sessions this week in support of the charity Sense.

First announced back in March, the sessions aim to reinvent and create simpler versions of popular sports, including snooker, for people with complex disabilities.

One of the pilot ‘sensory snooker’ sessions was held on Monday at Leeds’ Northern Snooker Centre and hosted by qualified WPBSA coaches Andrew Highfield and Mark Peevers.

BBC journalist Tom Ingle and his team were also in attendance at the session to cover the scheme for regional television news service Look North, capturing the various sensory activities and speaking to some of the participants.

Six participants took part in the session in Leeds, partaking in a number of different activities which have been specifically designed with support from Sense to create a version of ‘sensory snooker’ that all can enjoy.

WPBSA’s Head of Coaching and Training Development Manager Chris Lovell, who awarded the participants with medals at the conclusion of the session, said: “We are delighted to host one of the first ‘sensory snooker’ sessions in support of the charity Sense.

“The participants and coaches alike have spoken highly of the event and it has been a privilege to see everybody enjoying themselves and getting involved in snooker as we continue to prove the inclusivity of our sport.

“I would like to thank Andrew Highfield and Mark Peevers for running the session, our hosts at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, the BBC Look North team for providing vital coverage of the scheme and Sense for their vital support – we look forward to working together to continue to develop the scheme and put on further sessions in the future.”

Further details of future sessions and information on how WPBSA coaches and affiliated clubs can get involved will be release in due course. Sense and WPBSA will work together to provide training for anyone who would like to get involved.


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