The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards is delighted to announce that it will be launching a new national Women’s Snooker Tour this season, with the opening events due to take place at Scotties in Liverpool on the 2nd and 3rd October.
The EPSB is committed to providing opportunities for all players in England, and following the successes of the revived English national women’s championship last season and the EPSB Women’s Open a few weeks ago, there is a clear desire amongst the women’s playing community for further events.
Consisting of six one-day events – played across three weekends in October, December and January – the EPSB Women’s Tour also hopes to attract new cueists to the sport and welcome back those who may have been absent from it.
There will be a ranking list attached to the Tour, with the best performing players at the end of the season being considered for major international competitions such as the EBSA European Snooker Championships.
Full event information – including format and prize money details – can be found on the tournament page. Players are required to be members of the EPSB in order to join the tour and they can take advantage of the free women’s memberships that the EPSB is offering this season.
EPSB Women’s Inclusion Director and former Women’s World Champion Mandy Fisher is excited about the new concept:
“The EPSB Women’s Tour is another big step forwards in our development; after the national championship and the Women’s Open, this is a natural progression to supply women players yet more consistent competitive opportunities.
“All EPSB events are open to women players, but by having their own circuit too, we hope to see the standard continue to rise, as well as the numbers of those taking part.”
The Women’s Tour is the latest in a series of new and rejuvenated events that the EPSB has introduced since taking over control of national snooker events last season. Other tournaments include the English Under-14 Snooker Championship, the national Billiards tours and championship, and the EPSB Open Series.