Woking Parkinson’s community given the cue to start playing snooker 

Posted on: 29 April 2024

Last edited on: 29 April 2024

People living with Parkinson’s in Woking and the surrounding areas are being invited to try a new local snooker pilot which is launching in May.

The free snooker sessions start on Thursday 9 May and are being held from 11am at the Woking Snooker Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9AA.

Participants are recommended to book their free place as classes are hosted on a first come first served basis and spaces are limited. The Woking snooker pilot will include 4 lessons happening on the following dates:

● Thursday 9 May
● Thursday 16 May
● Thursday 23 May
● Thursday 30 May


Parkinson’s UK and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) are working together to deliver the new sessions which are taking place at 8 snooker clubs across England and Wales.
Grant funding from Parkinson’s UK is helping the WPBSA to run the sessions with specially trained local snooker coaches delivering the classes, and it is hoped that the sessions will help to reduce social isolation and improve physical and mental wellbeing for people living in these areas.

Tim Morton, Physical Activity Programme Lead for Parkinson’s UK, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the WPBSA and we hope the new grant funding will allow more people with Parkinson’s to try something new and stay active.
“The WPBSA is offering an innovative pilot of in-person snooker sessions for the local Parkinson’s community and the grant funding represents a fantastic opportunity for more people to get involved and begin their physical activity journey in a fun and social way.
“Being active is so important for people with Parkinson’s as it can help manage symptoms, maintain health and lift your mood. It can make you feel good inside and out. The more physically active you are, the easier it is to live well with Parkinson’s.”

Dave Harwood, WPBSA snooker coach, said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to represent the WPBSA in collaboration with Parkinson’s UK and these coaching sessions will allow people with Parkinson’s to learn the basics of the game in a fun and social environment, where relatives and carers can also join in. There are so many physical, social and mental wellbeing benefits for a person when they play snooker, particularly when it is in a controlled, friendly and fun environment.”

For more information about the Woking snooker sessions, contact Dave Harwood on daveharwood1@hotmail.co.uk or call 07824 365 083.


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