English Under-16 Championship

The English Under-16 Championship is the national snooker championship for players aged under 16 and has been won by several future professionals during its history.


The provisional dates for the 2021/22 English Under-16 Championship have now been announced:

  • North Qualifier – 25 September 2021
  • South Qualifier – 25 September 2021
  • North Last 16 – 6 March 2022
  • South Last 16 – 6 March 2022
  • Finals Weekend – 4-5 June 2022

Further information about the entry process and 2021/22 membership will be released closer to the time.

2019 English Under-16 champion Paul Deaville

Key Facts (2019/20)

  • The opening stage of these tournaments will consist of three qualifying events (North, Midlands, South).
  • Entry fee £10
  • Players may enter whichever region they choose, regardless of their location.
  • These qualifiers will generate the last 16 of each tournament. Each venue will have at least five qualifiers for the last 16, although the venue with the most entries will gain an additional spot (6,5,5). Should venues have equal number of entries, the EPSB will determine at the time which venue should be allocated the additional qualifying spot.
  • Qualifying events will initially be played in round robin groups (best of three frames) with qualification into a subsequent knockout phase (best of three frames).
  • When determining qualification places for the national last 16, where players don’t qualify ‘outright’ through a knockout phase, the ‘next best’ qualifiers will be determined by their Frame Average in the preceding groups phase. Frame Average (FA) is Frames Won (FW) –Frames Lost (FL) / Matches Played (MP).
  • The national last 16 will be played at one venue in the second half of the season (in 2020). The last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals will be completed there. Qualifying event winners will be seeded in the national last 16.
  • The formats for this is – seeded with the three regional event winners.  Remaining 13 qualifiers drawn at random.  Straight knock-out best-of-5s.  Play up to final – finalists go through to Finals Weekend
  • The national final will be the best of 11 frames.

Prize Money

Winner £300

Runner-up £150

Semi-finalist £75

Quarter-finalist £40

Highest Break £50 (Shared if equal high breaks are made. If a player makes the same high break more than once, each break will count towards an individual share of the prize)

Previous Winners

2019 – Paul Deaville

2018 – Ryan Davies

2017 – Hamim Hussain

2016 – Taylor Fish

2015 – Mark Lloyd

2014 – Lewis Gillen

2013 – Nico Elton

2012 – Shane Castle

2011 – Liam Clark

2010 – Joel Walker

2009 – Sam Craigie

2008 – Sam Craigie

2007 – Jack Lisowski

2002 – Gary Wilson