There are two weeks to go until the first event of the all-new EPSB English Junior Tour and we are today delighted to announce additional backing from Parris Cues and John Cox Health & Sports Therapy Practice, who will both sponsor the linked Elite Junior Performance Programme during the 2023/24 season.
As announced last month, the English Junior Tour will replace the previous Under-21 Premier Development Tour and will provide opportunities for all junior players to hone their craft and progress in our sport.
In addition, for the first time the Tour will also incorporate the EPSB Junior Elite Performance Programme, which will be sponsored by world renowned cuemakers Parris Cues and John Cox Health & Sports Therapy Practice, who have previously assisted professional and amateur snooker players.
With their support, the Programme will provide additional benefits to our country’s elite junior players, who have been selected based upon the final 2022/23 Under-21 Premier Development Tour rankings. The confirmed players who have accepted their places are as follows:
- Oliver Sykes
- Samuel Lee Stevens
- Paul Deaville
- Jamie Wilson
- Mitchell Berry
- Daniel Boyes
- Aidan Murphy
- Jake Crofts
These players will be joined as part of the Programme by up to four additional selections, based upon promoting inclusivity and equality, as well as performance in elite junior competitions nationally.
In recognition of their elite performances, the top eight named players will be seeded through to the last 16 stage of each Junior Tour event, maintaining a key incentive for junior players who will aim to qualify for this group in future seasons.
Additionally, these players will also be invited to participate in at least two bespoke activity days during the 2023/24 season, during which they will receive practical advice on and off the table from leading figures within our sport. This is likely to include elite practice, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics linked to snooker injury management & rehabilitation and media training.
This new programme will continue to grow year on year and provide meaningful benefits to England’s best young players who will be targeting a career in professional snooker.
Nigel Mawer QPM, EPSB Chairman said: “We are excited today to be able to announce more details about our new developments for junior snooker this season. I would like to thank both John Parris and John Cox for their valuable support, which will enable us to provide key benefits and guidance for our next generation of potential stars.”
John Parris, Parris Cues said: “We are delighted to be able to support our stars of tomorrow through this exciting new initiative by the EPSB. There are so many aspects to becoming a successful snooker player on the professional tour and this Programme will help to prepare these players for hopefully a long career in our sport.”
John Cox, John Cox Health & Sports Therapy Practice said: “I believe that the EPSB’s Junior Elite Performance Programme will quickly become an essential element of its junior competition structure.
“In particular, I am looking forward to contribute with information relating to nutrition and biomechanics, which has been recognised and delivered through the WPBSA’s official Coaching Programme.”
Full information about the Tour can be found at our Tournament page, while each of the five events remain open for entry via WPBSA SnookerScores, with the entry deadline for Event 1 set to fall on Friday 1 September at 12pm.