The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has hailed the success of a new summer schools initiative organised as part of a drive to introduce more young people to snooker in England.
Launched earlier this year as a collaboration between the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB), Sport England and Sport Structures, the scheme has seen over 100 junior players all new to snooker and billiards taking part at officially recognised clubs across England
Participants included girls and boys across all age groups and as part of the programme, sessions have also seen the development of ‘young leaders’ aged 14-16 who have assisted accredited coaches and those taking part.
Bob Hill, Club and Facilities Manager for the WPBSA said: “The launch of the EPSB junior holiday clubs has been incredible. The clubs, coaches and local school networks have really bought in to the initiative. It has been superb to follow the groups as they’ve grown over the summer and see new junior snooker communities established.”
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “The WPBSA as snooker’s world governing body is constantly driving new initiatives to increase participation globally."
Sport structures put together the young leaders’ programme element of this project, the six modules were:
• Club Experience
• Safe Sport
• Club Structure
• Snooker Pathways
Young people on the programme were sent a link to complete these surveys online over a 6-month period, we supported WPBSA with 1:1 calls with the young leaders and club representatives in order to support with the learning process.
The summer schools initiative has proven to be a great extension to our Cue Zone project around the world and goes hand in hand with the increased opportunities for juniors to enter competitive tournaments hosted by the EPSB during this season as part of our commitment to the future of English snooker.”
From a young leader perspective, 8 young leaders graduated from the programme in January 2020 with another 12 starting the programme again in June 2020.