West of England Regional Snooker Group Totally Rewarded for their Community Work

Snooker Group Totally Rewarded for their Community Work

The West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation (WEBSF), a not-for- profit community group, is seeking people to get involved with their activities around the region. The organisation is run by a team of volunteers who have given thousands of voluntary hours since the group first started thirteen years ago. The main aim of the foundation is to develop and facilitate ‘Billiards and Snooker for All’ throughout the West of England by holding coaching sessions and tournaments as well as promoting the benefits of volunteering.
The foundation launched in 2004 and is proud to have six times World Champion, Ray Reardon MBE as their Patron. Over the years, volunteers have helped hundreds of participants enjoy the sport ranging from those who want to play just for fun, to the more serious players who have gone onto compete at International and Professional levels. The group also caters for players outside the region, where no similar organisation exists, and has regularly attracted players from Wales, West London and the Midlands in the past. Attendees are very diverse, from children through to retirees with both male and female participants across all abilities. In addition, players from China, Russia, Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland have also played when visiting the region.

This season, the foundation has been fortunate to attract sponsorship for three of its events from Totally Reward, Human Resource Consultants, who have offices in London and Bristol. The company is led by Silvia Mondello, Senior Specialist and recognised HR Professional, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate HR.

The sponsorship has been instrumental in allowing the foundation to enhance their activities around the region and in particular ‘The Bronze Open’, ‘The Gold Series’ and ‘Gold Masters’ tournaments. Co-founder of the WEBSF, Steve Canniford, said “We are extremely privileged to have been approached by sponsor, Totally Reward, and we see this funding opportunity as an acknowledgement of the continuing hard work undertaken by our volunteers in supporting the wider community to access the sports of billiards and snooker”.

The foundation also expressed gratitude to the multiple venues supporting tournaments and coaching activities this season which include Jesters Snooker Club and the 147 Snooker Club in Swindon, Top Q in Gloucester, the Plaza in Plymouth and Galaxy Centre in Torquay.
The WEBSF holds various billiards and snooker tournaments between September and May and prides itself on providing value for money as well as encouraging participants to use the events as a platform for personal development. Through regular coaching sessions, the WEBSF provides a safe and informative environment where players can form new friendships and learn new skills.
Using billiards and snooker as a tool for learning, coaching sessions not only concentrate on developing further knowledge about the game but also help to increase confidence, improve social skills and work on aspects of literacy and numeracy. Volunteering opportunities are another way to get involved and develop new skills as no prior knowledge or experience of the game is necessary.
There are many different ways people can volunteer their time including short or long-term research projects, digital marketing, administrative support, accounts management, funding applications or becoming a 1:1 befriender as well as opportunities to offer more technical expertise by becoming a coach or volunteering as an official.

If you would like to get involved either as a player or volunteer, please visit
http://websfsnooker.com or contact the WEBSF Champion, Steve Canniford, on mobile 07891940995 or email websf_uk@yahoo.co.uk.

Names in Photo, left to right – 
Dale Branton (WEBSF Ambassador & Marketing and Digital Media Officer),
Steve Canniford (WEBSF Champion and Co-Founder),
Deborah Branton (WEBSF Deputy Champion & Volunteer Co-ordinator),
Silvia Mondello (Totally Reward, Senior Specialist),
Steve Brookshaw (WEBSF Senior Coach),
Wayne Branton (WEBSF Tournament Director, Senior Players Representative & Coach),
Chris Coumbe (WEBSF Ambassador & Coach).
Not in photo but a member of the WEBSF Management Team, Darren Hall (WEBSF Coach & Community Inclusion Development Officer)

Weekend Preview

Snooker Weekend Preview

The Home Internationals started Friday 11th and go through to Friday 18th at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. Some of the UK’s finest amateur players will be in action.


There is the regular event at Chandlers ford and the ever popular pro-am at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre in the evening.


Sunday has the regular handicaps at Dunstable Snooker Centre, the Locarno in Edinburgh and at Breakers in Leicester. Then there is the pro-am at Pot Black Clacton and a special event at Oldham Snooker Academy where the two finalists win places in the UK Seniors Qualifier.

National County Championships (NCC)

A meeting has been set for Sunday 20th August at Plaza Snooker in Stoke-on-Trent inviting all interested counties to discuss proposals for the continuation of the newly named National County Championships (NCC)

For the NCC Facebook page see https://www.facebook.com/NCCSNOOKER/

The event is no longer organised by the EASB, but a number of counties that have been involved are determined for it to continue and they hope to make it to grow in strength with a better format to include more regionalised groups culminating in finals for both the elite amateur sides and B teams etc.

Please contact Tony Cook for more details on 07850030916

email: merseysnooker147@gmail.com

UK Seniors Championships kicks off

The Snooker Legends 2017/2018 World Seniors Tour starts today with day 1 of the UK Seniors Championship at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Newbury.

This is the first of four qualifying rounds and the winner of each will go on to face the eight “Snooker Legends” at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill for the top prize of £7500.

The first ever World Seniors Tour organised by snooker promoter Jason Francis in partnership with Stephen Hendry, gives all over 40s amateur snooker players the chance to play in some of the sport’s most iconic venues and against some of the sport’s legends.

The closing date to enter the next round, at Oldham Snooker Academy, is 11 August with the event taking place from 25-27 August.

For more information see snookerlegends.co.uk

WPBSA Statement regarding the IBSF

Click the link for the statement


So what does this mean for amateur snooker in general?

The main thing, obviously, is that there will be no more tour cards for IBSF tournament winners. But where will the cards go? Hopefully they will be allocated to the proposed Challenge Tour, which at the moment has only two cards on offer. Make it at least four in my opinion.

What will the amateur snooker world do about this? Will the EASB et al still send players to IBSF events? Hardly seems worth it when the World Amateur Snooker Champion doesn’t even earn himself a pro ticket. Which in turn begs the question, will the WPBSA give tour cards to an alternative World Amateur Championships?

We sure haven’t heard the last of this!

Sponsorship deal “breathing life” into the Scottish amateur game

Aramith & Strachan agree a new sponsorship deal with Scottish Counties Snooker

Stuart Gardiner, UK and Ireland Sales Manager for Aramith Balls, Simonis Cloth and Strachan Cloth, said: “Strachan Cloth and Aramith Balls are delighted to be supporting and working with the Scottish County Championship.

“The Simonis Group are proud to be supporting the development of the leagues in Scotland which are enjoying positive growth in participation and player numbers after all the hard work by the Scottish County Championships. The Counties Championships are fundamental to the development of the next generation of professionals to follow in the footsteps of Scottish world champions such as Hendry, Higgins and Dott.

“Our support and sponsorship shows our ongoing commitment to the Counties and ensures that the best conditions are there for the players. Aramith balls and Strachan cloth are essential to give that professional experience.”

Thomas Moran, the Tournament Director for the Scottish County Championships said, “It is a exciting start with new horizons, to breathe life back into the Scottish amateur game.
Grassroots snooker is without doubt the way forward. By putting a cue in the hands of a youngster that has never graced or have taken part in our great sport.
By raising expectations of today’s youngsters, giving them proper pathways of playing with proper match conditions that Aramith and Strachan offer.
Participation levels without doubt need to grow. For too long, we have been concentrated on the “elite” level.

With our new exciting sponsorship deal with Aramith, Strachan and Scott. The Scottish County Organisation hopes to strengthen participation numbers and get kids through the doors to the venues and bringing through the next generation.”

For further information please contact: Stuart Gardiner – Stuart.Gardiner@wsptextiles.com

Scottish Counties Snooker: www.countyteamchampionships.leaguerepublic.com

New dates

Lots of new dates coming soon!

New calendars are being released now, including the EASB on Monday 24 July

Please let us know via info@snookerhub.co.uk if we have missed anything

It’s not all grim up north!

Sunday 23 July is the second in the 2017 Pro-Am series at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

This series nicely compliments the other major Pro-Am series, the LiteTask series, and means that there are two top quality events in the city most months. At the last LiteTask event, young Sean Maddocks caused a bit of a stir by knocking in a 147. Claims are in for Sean to be the youngest player on record to achieve a max in an open aged tournament.

David Grace is the main man behind this series and is seen by many as the leading light in the amateur snooker scene at the moment. When asked on Twitter recently about dress code for the event, David replied “No dress code wear owt…”. No doubt this influenced many to turn up as there were, despite the sunshine, 87 entrants at the last event.

Entries are taken on the day but if you get stuck in traffic give the club a ring on 01132433015 to let them know you are on your way.

View the calendar page here

Dare to Dream!

August 11 is the closing date for the second event in the UK Seniors Championship. The winner of this event, and the winners of the other three, will battle it out with 8 “Snooker Legends” for a prize of £7500.

The final will take place from 24 – 26 October at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey.

See the full press release here or visit the Snooker Legends site here

LiteTask Series 2 Event 2

The Summer Winter Pro-Am Series

Event 2 – 6/7/2107

The second event of the LiteTask Summer Winter Pro-Am series was won by Jamie McArdle with a commendable performance finished off with a 3-2 victory over one of Northern Snooker Centre’s resident professionals and Event 1 winner, Peter Lines.

The day however belonged to young Sean Maddocks (pictured) who knocked in a 147 in the early rounds. Sean, at 15, is one of the youngest ever to complete the maximum break in tournament play. Sean was beaten in the quarters by Jamie but it is certainly not going to be a tournament Sean is likely to forget!

There was another fantastic turn out for the event especially with the hot weather and other events going on all over the country.

The next event in the series is Sunday 6 August