There’s a big autumn in store for the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB).
The EPSB is an umbrella organisation which brings together key affiliated bodies including the WPBSA to create projects to inspire and drive awareness of snooker and billiards to new participants in England. It is currently looking to receive national governing body status approval from Sport England and this autumn is now set to launch a new club affiliation scheme.
The scheme will improve standards in the club environment by asking clubs to meet criteria around player welfare, insurance cover and coaching provision.
At the same time, clubs can gain membership benefits through being a part of the scheme, such as inclusion on an official club finder map, links into amateur competitions, training support and cost-saving offers.
The aim of the new scheme is to promote a positive image of snooker clubs, boost the junior game, create links into schools and community groups, and support the player pathway from beginner to professional.
WPBSA Club and Facilities Manager Bob Hill said: “During recent months I’ve visited 50 English snooker clubs to gain an insight into the challenges they face and the support they need. This new scheme will reflect the feedback from clubs, recognising the improvements required to modernise the club environment and showcasing the best places to play our sport.
“This scheme will be open to all types of facility where snooker is played, including commercial clubs, social clubs, village halls and leisure centres. We want to demonstrate that snooker can be played in safe, clean and modern environments that are open to everyone.”
The new initiative aims to become a proven model which will extend to other National Federations in our sport.
The EPSB affiliation scheme will be launched in November, with details available on this website soon.
To find out more details or to express an interest in the scheme please contact us using our contact form.