The EPSB is committed to nurturing elite talent within English snooker and giving every player the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Through our inclusive competition structure encompassing national championships and national tours at all levels, our goal is to support the development of the next generation of players who will go on to compete as professionals at the very highest level.
To date, ten individual players from England to have won the World Championship during the modern era, including multiple champions Steve Davis, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby. It is our ongoing objective to help those aspiring players with the commitment, ambition and talent to follow in their footsteps to ultimately achieve their dreams.
A key element of our national competitions is to provide opportunities for the most successful players to compete internationally and represent the England Team in prestigious competitions around the world.
World Snooker Federation
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) brings together both amateur and professional snooker and provides direct access to the World Snooker Tour through the staging of major international competitions.
In 2020, Ashley Hugill became the first English winner of the WSF Open and in doing so secured a two-year professional tour card from the start of the following season.
Three years later, Stan Moody lifted the WSF Junior Championship to secure his own place on the World Snooker Tour for the first time in his career.
European Billiards and Snooker Association
The European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) has staged international competitions for over 30 years at which English players have achieved significant success.
As of 2023, nine players from England have won the leading mixed gender European Championship event, from Stefan Mazrocis in 1988 to Oliver Brown (pictured above) in 2021. Both this competition and the European Under-21 Championship offer World Snooker Tour cards for their respective winners.
The Home Internationals has seen teams compete for the prestigious Prince of Wales Shield since 1969 when the trophy was first won by the English team of the day. Over 50 years on the Home Internationals continues to be contested by teams from the UK and Ireland.
Photo from the 2007 Home Internationals by Janie Watkins.
World Snooker Tour
Through its links to snooker’s world governing body the WPBSA and snooker’s commercial arm the World Snooker Tour, the EPSB provides direct access to professional tournaments with nominations for ranking events including the English Open.
In recent seasons, the WPBSA has also invited selected players to compete at the UK Championship and Shoot Out.