The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is delighted at the response of clubs, coaches, young leaders and local schools over the past seven weeks as its junior snooker summer clubs returned for 2021.
A collaboration between the EPSB, Sport England, PowerGlide Cues and the 147 Club network, the project connects school sport partnerships around the country to selected clubs, encouraging new players aged 6-16 to take up the sport through fun and engaging sessions.
Holiday clubs have taken place across six locations this summer, from Cousins Snooker Club and Waterlooville Sports Bar in the south, Stratford-upon-Avon Sports Club and Breakers Snooker Club in the Midlands, through to Maltings Q Club in the east of England and Lincoln Snooker Club in the north-east.
WPBSA coaches have each been supported by two Young Leaders aged 14-16 who have inspired younger players to take part, while at the same time undertaking online ‘skills modules’ to learn about running exciting activities and to add to their CVs.
Over 90 players new to the sport have taken part in this summer’s second year of the programme, each receiving an EPSB polo top, some EPSB goodies and a cue and case from PowerGlide Cues, which will set them up for a long association with snooker.
Speaking on behalf of the EPSB, the WPBSA’s Club and Facilities Manager Bob Hill said:
“We’re thrilled that so many young people have chosen to step into a snooker club for the first time this summer.
“School sport partnerships across the country are recognising that snooker offers a positive, fun and sociable experience for young people, who will learn new skills, gain physical and mental health benefits and develop an aptitude for our sport that will last a lifetime.
“It’s a bigger ambition for this project to highlight the positive contribution that snooker and billiards can make to the lives of young people, so we’re very pleased to see the enjoyment among the players and the excellent support of the Young Leaders involved.
“A big thank-you goes to the host clubs and coaches, who have delivered fantastic sessions.”
Learn more about the EPSB’s junior development initiatives.