The 103rd English Amateur Snooker Championship begins this Saturday with regional heats at the Landywood Snooker Club, Northern Snooker Centre and Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon.
Due to the generous title sponsorship of Midlands and Finals Weekend venue Landywood SC and the number of entries, total prize money for this season’s Championship has significantly risen to £6,200, with the winner now collecting £2,000. As well as claiming snooker’s most decorated amateur title, the champion in March will secure a spot at the 2025 EBSA European Amateur Snooker Championship (if eligible) which offers a pathway to the professional World Snooker Tour.
Entries are on the up too, with an increase of over 20% on last season’s playing numbers.
Previous Champions and Big Names Involved
Defending champion Paul Deaville was the youngest winner of the English Amateur Snooker Championship since 2003 when he lifted the iconic trophy back in the spring. The 18-year-old is aiming to become the first player since Terry Griffiths in 1978 to retain the title.
Deaville is set to feature in the Midlands, a heat which also has 1986 champion Anthony Harris and 1989 champion Nigel Bond on the entry list.
The biggest field in this phase comes at the Northern SC in Leeds which has 75 entries. Jamie Curtis-Barrett won the Championship at this venue in 2022 when he defeated John Welsh in the final, and both players are back again this time around. 1996 runner-up Peter Lines, and recent EPSB title winners Steven Hallworth and Craig Steadman are also involved.
In London in the South heat, the experienced Gerard Greene is one of the star names scheduled to compete. English Amateur Snooker Tour number one a couple of seasons ago Sydney Wilson, and 2016 finalist Wayne Townsend will also begin their campaigns, as too does recent Junior Tour event winner Oliver Sykes.
Draws and Format
Only 16 players will emerge from this opening regional phase, all of whom will qualify for the Finals Weekend at the Landywood SC on March 2 & 3, 2024.
Due to the varying number of entries in each region, the pro-rata qualification system is once again in use. The number of qualifiers from each heat are:
- North: 7 qualifiers
- Midlands: 4 qualifiers
- South: 5 qualifiers
The tournament is straight knockout throughout. All matches in these regional heats are the best of seven frames.
Please note, it is now expected that all three heats will be completed on Saturday.
The draws and schedules for each region are now on snookerscores.net (links below). Please arrive at the venue and register with the Tournament Director at least 15 minutes before your first scheduled match.
Each region is divided into the pro-rata sections. The winner of each section will qualify for Finals Weekend.
North Draw | Midlands Draw | South Draw
The EPSB is delighted to announce that the prize money has increased since our initial advertisement of the Championship. The new breakdown is below:
- Winner: £2,000
- Runner-up: £1,000
- Semi-finalists: £500
- Quarter-finalists: £250
- Last 16: £125
- Highest break: £200
Total prize fund: £6,200
The dress code for these regional heats is Level 2 which means a minimum of:
- Formal shoes
- Formal trousers
- Smart, appropriate collared shirt or polo shirt (can be either long or short sleeved)
Please note, the dress code for Finals Weekend will be different to the above.