Later this month, Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy will host the first event to be staged by the new World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) body.
The WDBS has been created by the WPBSA, with the help of the English Federation of Disability Sport and aims to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in cue sports.
The first event, known as the 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship, will run on the weekend of 28-29 November 2015 and feature five different disability classification groups.
There will also be a free open day at the venue on Friday 27th November 2015, with coaching provided by Tim Squires from 2pm and an evening appearance by ITV daytime star Jeremy Kyle.
Although the event will be the first under the organisation of the WDBS, it may surprise some to read that there has been a long history of disability cue sports, with snooker being a part of the Paralympic Games as recently as 1988.
With the exception of 1980, snooker was in fact a part of the event every year from the inaugural Games held in Rome back in 1960, to the last occasion in Seoul where Great Britain’s Mike Langley defeated Ireland’s Michael White to take the gold medal.
Whether potential entrants in Gloucester might be aspiring Paralympians or simply find enjoyment from being able to play snooker and would like to do so with like-minded people, all are welcome and encouraged to come along to Gloucester at the end of the month.
For more information about the event including how to enter, click here to visit the new WDBS website.
You can also keep a track of news and information via Twitter, by following @wdbsofficial