The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is thrilled to announce its national club scheme has hit a century!
Over the past four years, the 147 Club scheme has consistently grown to become a substantial network of high-quality snooker clubs across the country.
A wide variety of clubs have joined up along the way to take advantage of the growing benefits on offer, including:
- Policies and practices to demonstrate a well-run, safe and modern club, open to the whole community
- A supply partner initiative to enable clubs to identify excellent goods and services, save on costs and access exclusive deals
- The chance to host events, through the EPSB calendar, Open Series, junior qualifiers, or via partner competitions, such as WPBSA Q Tour, World Women’s Snooker or World Disability Billiards and Snooker. The EPSB oversaw more than 130 events last season
- A club profile on the WPBSA Club Finder – now a worldwide database of places to play snooker
- The opportunity to access funding and guidance to develop junior snooker, including the EPSB’s junior snooker summer holiday clubs programme, part-funded by Sport England
- Advice, support and protocols during the national lockdowns and subsequent re-openings, including the chance to join an ongoing club owners’ and managers’ forum to share good practice.
Among the variety of snooker venues to join the 147 Club, there has been a regular trend for clubs under new ownership or going through a major refurbishment to sign up.
And this is the case for the club bringing the network to the magic 100!
Potters Snooker & Pool Club, Swadlincote
The South Derbyshire club has been taken over by a trio of long-time friends that includes professional player David Gilbert.
The changes are significant, with extensive work already completed in a matter of weeks.
New lighting, a complete re-fit of its 10 snooker tables and the addition of a Star & Riley Aristocrat table mean that the facilities have been brought up to a superb standard.
Moreover, the whole venue has been re-painted, re-branded and is full of snooker memorabilia, giving it both a modern and authentic feel for an environment perfect for enjoying the sport.
And people in the area have already taken notice, with membership having increased from 170 members to 600 in a few weeks!
Phil Dayton is one of the three business partners to relaunch the club and he’s excited about where the club is going, saying: ‘’Changes and improvements have been remarkable over the last 6 weeks. And we have been so well supported by all of our members both old and new. As we move forward as a 147 club our playing conditions will continue to be maintained and even improved further with some prospects of holding both amateur and professional events in the coming months and years to come. All 3 owners are extremely keen snooker players so we know what good looks like and we know how important it is to sustain high playing standards. This is a MUST at Potters and we cant wait to welcome new members and visitors to our club “
Join the 147 Club
It’s never been a better time to join the 147 Club – learn more and join up online!