Please see below an open letter from the Board of Directors of the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards concerning the recent developments relating to snooker and billiards in England…

21st June 2019

Dear players, officials and all interested parties,

We write following the recent announcement that the members of the English Association of Snooker and Billiards (EASB) have voted for the transfer of the operations and assets of the EASB to the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB).

We can today confirm that this means that the EPSB will proudly take responsibility for the organisation and development of snooker and billiards in England at all levels. We would like to place on record our thanks to the EASB membership who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the transfer by 180-4.

The board

We would like to introduce the board of the EPSB as follows:

  • Jason Ferguson
  • Nigel Mawer
  • Mandy Fisher
  • Phil Mumford
  • Jeff Robinson
  • Simon Berrisford

As a team, we aim to make the transition as seamless as possible and are in close contact with the current EASB team to ensure that players will not suffer as a consequence of the changes.

We would once again like to place on record our thanks to all of the EASB officials and volunteers who have tirelessly served the association across the decades. From recognised champions to aspiring young players hoping to emulate their idols, there are many who have been helped along the way by the EASB over the years.

The future

In order for snooker and billiards to continue to prosper in the future however, we believe that our sport must adapt to the current climate and that change is necessary to take our sport forward.

This is a new, exciting dawn for amateur snooker in England and all of us at the EPSB are united in wanting to make snooker in this country more aspirational, inspiring and appealing to all. We have plans to dramatically increase our membership base; we want to reach out to new players and bring back those who may have left. We aim to create a new and clear framework which will reinvigorate the sport in this country at grassroots level.

Work will continue to take place behind the scenes over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition and to confirm our plans for the upcoming 2019/20 season. We have big ambitions for the future of English snooker but also understand that short term stability is crucial, whilst working to set up attainable long-term goals.

We understand that there may be uncertainty amongst players and officials during this period and are grateful for your patience and understanding during this transitional period. Further updates and correspondence will initially be published via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter, but our door is open and should you want to contact us directly you can do so by the following email addresses:

Players@epsb.co.uk

Referees@epsb.co.uk

This is your sport; we want to hear your opinions on how we should shape the future of it.

We look forward to working with you all.

English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards Board