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.
The EPSB brings together the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Limited (WPBSA), World Billiards Limited (WBL), World Women’s Snooker Limited (WWS) and World Disability Billiards and Snooker Limited (WDBS).
Building on existing programmes such as Cue Zone into Schools the partnership will educate through cuesports whilst encouraging a new generation to take up snooker and billiards. By creating a clear pathway from beginner to elite professional and developing a structured coaching environment, the partnership will inspire all regardless of gender, ability or ethnicity to fulfil potential.
The 147 Club was launched by the EPSB in November 2017 and is the first club affiliation scheme of its kind for snooker clubs in England.
The scheme aims to promote a modern, positive and progressive perception of clubs by improving standards, boosting the junior game and encouraging new players from all backgrounds into the sport.
With the support and guidance of the EPSB, participating clubs will be required to meet set criteria around player welfare, insurance cover and coaching provision, with the aim of improving the club environment for all.
At the same time, the clubs can gain substantial membership benefits by joining the 147 Club, such as inclusion on an official online club finder map, links into amateur competitions, training support and cost-saving advantages. The scheme also offers a bespoke insurance package for clubs of any shape or size.
On 25 April 2016 the EPSB announced its Sports Development Plan in England, bringing together professional, amateur, women’s and disability snooker, as well as successful projects including the Cue Zone into Schools programme.
The Sport Development Plan is the first phase of a series of projects which will underpin the continued increase in participation in snooker and billiards in England. It will encourage a wider diversity of people to take up the sport, increase female and disabled participation and create a clear pathway for promising talent.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said:
“Snooker is a booming, worldwide sport and as a governing body it is our responsibility to provide a framework for sound sports development. The Sport Development Plan is exactly that for England.
Our ambition is to provide equal opportunities for all and ensure safe and clean environments for participation. It will also align our sport in the creation of elite sportsperson development.”
Join The 147 Club today
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.