World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November.
The WDBS Hull Open will be open to players of classification groups 7-8 and will be played at the Tradewell Snooker Club, located in the East Yorkshire city which has been named as the UK City of Culture for 2017.
The main two-day competition will be held on 12-13 November 2016 and will be the second WDBS event open to players with either visual or hearing impairments, following the Woking Open in May. At that event, Hull’s Lee Douglas finished as runner-up in the group eight tournament and was one of three players from the city to take part.
As at previous events, there will also be an open day held on Friday 11 November, at which people with any disability are encouraged to try snooker and receive free coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches.
Tradewell Snooker Centre features 14 full-size snooker tables (including one Star table), in addition to pool and darts facilities, with hot food served throughout the day.
WDBS Returns to Gloucester
The second WDBS Open Disability Snooker Championship will take place on 14-16 October 2016 at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.
As in 2015, the main two-day weekend competition will be open to classification groups 1-5 as set out within the WDBS classification system. This includes those who have physical disabilities and are either ambulant or wheelchair players.
For the first time there will also be a Learning Disability Snooker Festival held from 10:00am on Friday 14 October. At this session people with learning disabilities (classification group six) will be able to get involved with fun games and competitions, receive coaching and also take part in a formal six reds competition.
As at previous WDBS competitions, there will also be an open day at which people with any disability are encouraged enjoy free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches. This will start at 2:00pm, also on Friday 14 October.
One of the players looking forward to returning to Gloucester is Daniel Blunn, who won the Group 3 classification competition at the 2015 event.
“You could also see how well-run the event was and just what a great venue it was,” said Blunn “They have all been good but I remember that one in particular – and not just because I won! I could see that it was the start of something big.”
Players are to note that for a limited time only, a discounted room rate is available at the nearby Holiday Inn Express of £60.00 per night. To receive this rate, rooms must be booked no later than 30 days prior to the event.
The South West Snooker Academy provides world class practice and playing facilities, featuring Star tables fitted to World Snooker specifications. The venue is a WPBSA Accredited Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in Europe.