About the EPSB
The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is an umbrella organisation that aligns the interests of its affiliated bodies and creates projects to inspire and drive awareness of snooker and billiards to new participants in England. Its objectives are to increase participation, improve facilities and promote cue sports with an inclusive approach providing an opportunity for all.
Since June 2019 the EPSB has also been responsible for the governance of amateur snooker in England since a resolution was passed by the previous governing body, the English Association of Snooker and Billiards, in favour of the transfer of its operations to the EPSB.
At the time of writing (August 2019) it is unclear as to whether or not the EPSB will manage to gain recognition by Sport England as the National Governing Body for snooker and billiards in England due to there being no English snooker organisation within the partnership.
The EPSB is controlled by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and Sport England might not be completely happy with that.
Another organisation, following the demise of the EASB, may have to be created or recruited to take over the mantle of NGB. They can then be brought under the umbrella of the EPSB.
The 147 Club
The flagship of the EPSB has got to be the 147 Club. This could well be the major influence to amateur snooker in England in the near future.
The 147 Club aims to bring a new standard to snooker clubs and make them more inclusive and family-friendly. Hopefully, this will help to halt the decline in the number of snooker clubs in England.
By affiliating your club with the English Partnership for Billiards and Snooker you will be in a stronger position to support snooker provision through the benefits and opportunities the scheme provides.
Events for 2019/20
Please see the EPSB ‘Tournaments’ page at: https://www.epsb.co.uk/tournaments/
Why join the EPSB?
A major change from the EASB is that one has to join the EPSB in order to enter any event. Previously one could enter some of the events with an increased entry fee without paying the membership fee.
One of the main reasons that amateur snooker players used to join the EASB was to be considered for International Selection.
The International Selection Criteria was always published by the EASB so that players knew what they were aiming at. The EPSB appear to have a different system which, as at 28 December 2019, hasn’t been made public.
On 8 January 2020 the EPSB made an announcement regarding qualification for the 2020 European Amateur Championships. The announcement can be read here: https://www.epsb.co.uk/2020-european-amateur-championships-epsb-invitations-announcement/
Following criticism of the selection criteria whereby players from the Under 21 Premier Development Tour had been passed over for the Under 18 Championship, and an announcement from EBSA that the EPSB “…have been given additional places for the Under-18, Under-21 and 6-Red Championships”, the extra places for the Under 18 have been allocated to players on the Under 21 Premier Development Tour.
How to join the EPSB
Visit the EPSB website to register your details and then purchase the required membership.