Following last week’s exciting news about the new look for the English Under-14 Championship, we’re very pleased to announce some key measures to support the clubs hosting these events and to make it as easy as possible for new players to take part.

Entry fees and memberships

We’re lowering the entry fee for the Under-14 Championship to £1. We recognise that this age group represents many players who are taking their first steps into our sport and we want to eliminate cost as a barrier to competitive participation for these fledgling players.

We’re also cutting the price of membership for under-14s to just £1. We understand that the majority of these players may only take part in the club-based qualifier, and we want to fully support this opportunity to experience entry into a national competition. These fees align with our junior holiday club programme, which kicked off this summer, supported by Sport England funding to give young people across the country a taste of fun and engaging group sessions led by a WPBSA World Snooker Coach.

Please note, any under-14s who have already taken up a membership this season, or entry into the Under-14 Championship, will have their fees part-refunded to reflect these adjusted prices.

Club support

We’re equally keen to support our affiliated clubs to host and promote these events effectively.

By empowering many club coaches to run under-14 club-based qualifiers in conjunction with recruiting players from their existing junior sections and local area, we’re working together to achieve a significant growth in participation among young people.

To recognise the commitment these clubs are making to run and publicise this competition we will pay £50 to the lead coach/individual at each club operating an under-14 club-based qualifier.

We will also share marketing resources to support this promotion, aimed at encouraging young people at any level to take part.

 

Final list of confirmed events for Stage One of the English Under-14 Championship

The following under-14 club-based qualifiers can be entered now. Please use the EPSB MemberZone on our website HERE to do so.

Saturday 5th October – Cueball Derby, Derby

Saturday 5th October – The Winchester, Wigston

Sunday 6th October – Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon

Saturday 12th October – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds

Saturday 19th October – Mill Brow Snooker & Social Club, Widnes

Saturday 26th October – Oldham Snooker Academy

Saturday 26th October – Breakers Snooker Club, Leicester

Sunday 27th October – Legends Snooker Academy, London

Saturday 2nd November – South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester

Saturday 9th November – Sams Snooker & Pool, Hartlepool

Saturday 9th November – George Scott Snooker Club, Liverpool

Sunday 10th November – Lincoln Snooker Club, Lincoln

Sunday 10th November – Chandlers Ford Snooker Club, Eastleigh

Saturday 16th November – Elite Snooker Club, Preston

Saturday 16th November – Castle Snooker Club, Brighton

Saturday 23rd November – Club 147, Leicester

The EPSB will review the format at the end of the season, although feedback or any questions you may have are welcome by email to competitions@epsb.co.uk