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WDBS Heads to Belgium

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce the 2018 Belgian Open, the first WDBS competition to be held outside of the UK. The landmark event will be staged at The Trickshot, a fully accessible venue home to 11 full-size snooker tables and located close to the centre of the historic city […]

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Hudgell Solicitors Support Hull Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce that Hudgell Solicitors have renewed their support for the 888lcd.co.uk WDBS Hull Open, which returns to the UK City of Culture 2017 this November. Download the entry form for the 888lcd.co.uk Hull Open Hudgell Solicitors are a Hull-based legal services provider, operating nationally with […]

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888lcd.co.uk to Sponsor Hull Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce 888lcd.co.uk as title sponsors of this November’s Hull Open. Download the entry form (Groups 7-8) Download the entry form (Group 6) Owned by regular event sponsor Simon Berrisford of J&S Trading, 888lcd.co.uk supply mobile phone screens to a customer base of approximately 5,500 across […]

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The Snowdrop Cakery to Sponsor Wolverhampton Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce that this month’s WDBS Open Disability Snooker Championship 2017 will be sponsored by The Snowdrop Cakery. The Snowdrop Cakery is an exclusive cake design business specialising in high-end bespoke cakes, including wedding cakes and in sugar floristry. The business is run by Angela Baggaley […]

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David Church Q&A

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has welcomed new players from across the country to events in 2017, including Norwich cueist David Church. Having so far competed in both the Manchester Classic and Welsh Open since joining the WDBS field, Church is now preparing for an assault on this year’s Open Disability Snooker Championship, as […]

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Wolverhampton Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for the 2017 Open Disability Snooker Championship, which for the first time will be staged at the Golden Cue Snooker Club in Bilston, Wolverhampton. Download the event entry form (Word) Download the event entry form (PDF) The latest event on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) calendar will run from […]

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Blunn Conquers Cwmbran

Daniel Blunn claimed his third World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) title at the inaugural Welsh Open in Cwmbran last weekend. Held at Redz Snooker Club, the tournament was the first open to players from all eight disability classification groups, including players with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Over 48 players competed across 12 groups, […]

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Gary Gallacher Q&A

This week World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) heads to Cwmbran for the first ever WDBS Welsh Open, featuring a record 45 players from all classification groups. Among those in action will be Gary Gallacher, a player who has been with us since our first Group 7 event in Woking over a year ago and […]

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Welsh Open – Updated Format

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced the final format for the main competition at the inaugural Welsh Open this weekend in Cwmbran. As at previous competitions, the tournament will begin with group stages which will be played on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s knockout rounds. Group Numbers The WDBS Welsh Open has accepted […]

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Record Entries for Welsh Open

The inaugural World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Welsh Open has seen entries from a record 40 players, more than a week prior to the original entry deadline. Since its inaugural event staged back in November 2015, the WDBS has seen consistent growth in player numbers at tournaments staged for people with a wide-range of […]

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Welsh Open 2017: Tournament Information

World Disability Billiards and Snooker has today announced further information as to the tournament format and prize fund for the upcoming WDBS Welsh Open. The new event will run from 30 June – 2 July 2017 at Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran and for the first time will be open to players from all eight […]

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Phillip Murphy Q&A

The recent Paul Hunter Disability Classic at the Cueball Derby saw its strongest field yet for players with visual and hearing disabilities, including Pontypridd’s Phillip Murphy who was competing at a WDBS event for the first time. With our next tournament set to be held in Cwmbran, Wales later this month, we caught up with […]

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Top Coach Backs WDBS

Leading professional snooker coach Andrew Highfield will be among those supporting the WDBS Open Disability Snooker Championship 2017 in Wolverhampton this September. Highfield, a renowned WPBSA World Snooker coach who has coached players at all levels for nearly 20 years, has pledged £250 to the overall prize fund at the event which will be held […]

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New Champions Crowned at Paul Hunter Disability Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) held its largest snooker event to date for people with hearing and visual impairments last weekend at the Cueball in Derby. Following previous competitions in Woking and Hull, the Paul Hunter Disability Classic saw a significant increase in entries from Group 7-8 classifications, with new players from across the […]

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Derby Welcomes WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage its second event of 2017 this weekend at the Cueball Derby, England. The WDBS Paul Hunter Disability Classic is set to see a record number of entrants in both its Group 7 (visual impairments) and Group 8 (hearing impairments), building upon the successful Hull Open held for those […]

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Money Raised For WDBS

Over £1,000 was raised for World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) last Friday an exhibition event held in Lincoln by Snooker Legends. Featuring five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and BBC commentator John Virgo, the event was organised by former WDBS event winner Nigel Coton and saw the Rocket in top form as he made seven […]

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WDBS Statement: Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams, who has served as a founding director and ambassador for World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) since its formation in 2015, has stepped down from his role as a director. Jonathan is a successful athlete who competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympics in the shot put and also has a long-standing […]

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WDBS Statement: Tim Squires

Tim Squires, who has served as a founding director and coach for World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) since its formation in July 2015, has left the board. Tim is the founder of TJS-Snookerbility an organisation where he coaches people with special needs in Suffolk. He is now a specialist snooker coach for people with […]

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Welsh Open to be Held in Cwmbran

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will stage its first event in Wales this summer in Cwmbran. The WDBS Welsh Open will be held at Redz Snooker Club from 30 June – 2 July 2017 and for the first time will be open to players from ALL eight disability classification groups and will be played […]

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Snooker Legends Auction Raises Money for WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will benefit from a Snooker Legends exhibition featuring Ronnie O’Sullivan to take place in Lincoln on Friday 5th May 2017. Thanks to local player Nigel Coton, who won his category at last year’s Open Disability Snooker Championship and has helped to organise the event, it has been agreed that […]

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World Disability Day Returns Thursday

World Disability Day returns to Sheffield this Thursday (20th April) at the ‘Cue Zone’ as part of this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship. As during previous years, the Cue Zone is situated at the Winter Garden, close to the Crucible Theatre. World Disability Snooker Day, hosted by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), in conjunction […]

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WDBS Enjoys Successful Manchester Return

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) enjoyed a successful return to Manchester with the staging of the J&S Trading Manchester Classic 2017 last weekend. With a field over double in size compared to the inaugural competition at Q’s Sports Bar a year ago, players from across six categories including physical and learning disabilities enjoyed a […]

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Paul Hunter Foundation Supports WDBS Derby

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced a new agreement with the Paul Hunter Foundation for the title sponsorship of the next WDBS event for Group 7-8 players in Derby. The event, previously announced as the Derby Open, will now become the WDBS Paul Hunter Disability Classic and will be held on 12-14 […]

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J&S Trading to Sponsor Manchester Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is delighted to announce that the upcoming Manchester Classic will be supported by J&S Trading, as the headline sponsor for the event. J&S Trading is a company based in St Helens that specialises in recycling mobile phone parts and accessories. Operating for over 20 years, the business has worked […]

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Group 6 Event Added to Manchester Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has announced that the upcoming 2017 Manchester Classic has been expanded to include a Learning Disability Snooker Day for Group 6 players. In addition to the previously announced two-day competition for players from Groups 1-5, the Learning Disability Snooker Day will run alongside the regular open day on Friday […]

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PHMG Foundation to Support Manchester Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is pleased to announce that next month’s 2017 Manchester Classic will be supported by the PHMG Foundation as prize fund sponsors. PHMG Worldwide is a provider of audio branding services, with major offices in London, England, Manchester, England and Chicago. In 2013 they established the PHMG Foundation with the […]

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WDBS Announces 2017 Events Calendar

World Disability Billiards and Snooker has today announced its calendar for 2017, which will see at least a record five snooker events held for people with disabilities during the year. As in 2016, there will be multiple events staged for players with physical and sensory disabilities, including return visits to Hull and Manchester, as well […]

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WPBSA Launches ‘Six Red Nose Day’ Challenge

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has today launched the Six Red Nose Day Challenge, a fresh and exciting way for people of any level of snooker experience to support Comic Relief, just by playing snooker at your local club! Download and print your Challenge leaderboard (pdf) Originally founded in 1985 by Richard […]

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Manchester Classic 2017: Entry Pack Available

The entry pack for the WDBS Manchester Classic 2017, to be staged at Q’s Sports and Entertainment Bar on 10-12 March 2017 is now available. Download the entry pack here View images from the 2016 Manchester Classic The closing date for entries is the 3 March 2017. Should you have any questions please contact us.

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Companies Back WDBS

For the first time, recent World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) events held in Gloucester and Kingston upon Hull have both carried prize money for competitors reaching the final stages. This has been possible thanks to the support of a variety of national businesses, who have become involved with WDBS events as prize money sponsors. […]

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Selby Mencap Welcomed at Hull Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker welcomed members from the Selby Gateway Leisure Mencap Society to its latest open day at this month’s Hull Open. Led by Martin Waterhouse, who is a trustee and volunteer support worker of Selby District Mencap, the attendees were given the opportunity to practice snooker and receive coaching from WPBSA World […]

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Hull Stages World Disability Snooker Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) held its second event for players with sensory disabilities last weekend at the Tradewell Snooker Centre in Kingston upon Hull. The inaugural Hull Open welcomed players from classification Groups 7-8, including players who have either hearing or visual disabilities and saw entries more than double from the previous event […]

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Hull to Host WDBS Event

This weekend World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) heads to East Yorkshire for its final event of 2016, the WDBS Hull Open at the Tradewell Snooker Centre on 11-13 November. The WDBS has seen sustained growth following its first event held just under a year ago in Gloucester and its visit to the UK City […]

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WDBS Welcomes Leonard Cheshire

The WDBS was delighted to welcome residents from Leonard Cheshire Disability to the recent Open Disability Snooker Championship at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester. A major charity supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world, Leonard Cheshire Disability helps provide the opportunity and support to live independently. Earlier this year, they […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Eight

In the final part of our series of articles examining the WDBS classification system, today we look at the second of the sensory groups, Group 8, which includes players who have a hearing impairment. Check out our group explanations so far: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Seven

Today we reach the penultimate part of our guide through the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in WDBS events. We now turn to the first of our two sensory groups, Group 7, which includes players who have a visual disability. Check out our […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Six

Today we resume our journey through the World Disability Billiards and Snooker classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in each of our events. This week we look at the Group 6 profile, which includes players who have a learning disability. Check out our group explanations so far: Group 1 Group […]

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Record Event for WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) staged its biggest event to date last weekend at the South West Snooker Centre, Gloucester. The second Open Disability Snooker Championship following last year’s inaugural event saw entries almost double in number across five disability classification groups (groups 1-5) from a year ago. As in 2015, three main competitions […]

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Gloucester Draws Available

The draws have been made for the 2016 WDBS Open Disability Snooker Championship – with the Group 1-5 tournaments set to get underway on Saturday 15 October at 10am. Group 1/2 draw: https://www.mysnookerstats.com/tournament/trn482/ Group 3 draw: https://www.mysnookerstats.com/tournament/trn483/ Group 4/5 draw: https://www.mysnookerstats.com/tournament/trn484/ Scores will be updated throughout the competition and so players are encouraged to share […]

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World Sight Day 2016

The WDBS is today pleased to support World Sight Day 2016, a key date highlighting the impact of eye health in people’s lives. Focusing on the theme of ‘Stronger Together’ the day is a reminder of the respective roles of different groups, from key decision makers and government officials, to patients and the wider health […]

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WDBS Returns to Manchester

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will return to Manchester in 2017 for the second WDBS Manchester Classic. The event will be staged from 10-12 March 2017 and as was the case earlier this year, will be held at Q’s Sports and Entertainment Bar, Manchester. The main two-day competition will again be open to players […]

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Think Telecom to Support Hull Open

The WDBS is today delighted to announce that Think Telecom Ltd will support next month’s Hull Open event. Based in Maidstone, Think Telecom are a telecoms wholesaler on the open reach network, specialising in offering bespoke telecommunications solutions including line rental, calls, broadband and merchant services to businesses within the UK. Think Telecom join the […]

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Gloucester Geared for WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is set to stage its fourth ever event this weekend with the 2016 Open Disability Snooker Championship in Gloucester. The WDBS will return to the South West Snooker Academy, the venue which hosted the very first WDBS event last November. As in 2015, the action will begin with a […]

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Hudgell Backing for Hull Open

The 2016 WDBS Hull Open will be supported by Hudgell Solicitors, a Hull-based legal services provider, operating nationally with further offices in London, Leeds and Bristol. Hudgell Solicitors specialise in advising on personal injury and medical negligence compensation claims. Their managing director Neil Hudgell founded the company in 1997 and himself is no stranger to […]

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2016

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families in more than 50 countries, which this year takes place today on Wednesday 5th October 2016. Held since 2012, originally as the ‘Change My World in 1 Minute’ campaign, the day is held on the first Wednesday of each October […]

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Renishaw to Support Open Disability Snooker Championship

Next month’s 2016 WDBS Open Disability Snooker Championship will be supported by Gloucester-based Renishaw plc, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies. As in 2015, the event will be held at the South West Snooker Academy and it promises to be the biggest staged by the WDBS to date, with a record […]

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Swail Supports WDBS

Two-time World Championship semi-finalist Joe Swail has offered his support to World Disability Billiards and Snooker and encouraged players to take part in upcoming events in Gloucester and Hull. The Northern Irishman, who reached a career-high world ranking of number 10 during the 2001/02 season, was born partially deaf in both ears and says that […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Five

Today resume our look at the World Disability Billiards and Snooker classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in each of our events. This week our attention turns to the group five profile, the final group of the three encompassing ambulant players who have a physical disability. Group one classification explained […]

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WDBS Partners With Special Olympics Network

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce a new partnership with Special Olympics Gloucestershire. Special Olympics is an international organisation providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. WDBS is a subsidiary body of the World Professional Billiards and […]

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Hull to Stage WDBS Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November. Click HERE to download the entry pack for the WDBS Hull Open 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 […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Four

Today we continue to explore the World Disability Billiards and Snooker classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in each of our events. This week we look at the group four profiles, the second of three groups relating to ambulant players who have a physical disability. Group one classification explained Group […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Three

Today we continue our journey through the World Disability Billiards and Snooker classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in each WDBS event. This week we look at the group three profiles, the first group which includes ambulant players who have a physical disability. Group one classification explained Group two classification […]

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WDBS – A Year On

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) recently celebrated its first anniversary following its creation in July 2015. A subsidiary company of the WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body, WDBS was created to run tournaments and other cue sports activities for people with disabilities. During its first 12 months, the WDBS has overseen events staged in Gloucester, […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group Two

Last week we started our look at the World Disability Billiards and Snooker events classification system, used to determine which players are eligible to play in each WDBS event. This week we explain the group two profiles, the second group available to wheelchair players. Read our explanation of our group one classification WDBS Disability Classification […]

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WDBS Classification Guide: Group One

World Disability Billiards and Snooker events are open to players with a wide range of disabilities, but how do we decide which players will play in each event and who they will play? To explain, starting from this week we take a look at the WDBS classification system and hear from some of the players […]

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New Campaign Encourages More Disabled People to be Active

A new national campaign has launched today to encourage and support disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active. The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People […]

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Insight Survey Results

The WPBSA has today published the results of its Snooker Insight Survey carried out earlier in 2016. The survey was devised with the aim of learning more about participation in snooker including why people play snooker and what benefits exist for players at all levels. Equally, the WPBSA is keen to better understand what barriers […]

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WDBS Supports Learning Disability Week

This week will see a series of events take place in support of people with learning disabilities, with a focus on the development of new friendships and relationships. Learning Disability Week runs from 20-26 June 2016 and is co-ordinated by MENCAP, the leading voice of learning disability. The recent WDBS Woking Open was the first […]

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Listen: Adams Hails WDBS Growth

Jonathan Adams has spoken of the ‘fantastic’ opportunities provided by the WDBS since its formation last summer. The WDBS director and British Paralympian has this week been featured on BBC Suffolk and Phoenix FM to discuss the progress made, following the successful staging of events in Gloucester, Manchester and Woking to date. “To see the […]

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WDBS Announces 2016 Calendar

The WDBS has today announced its 2016 calendar with new events to be held in Manchester, Woking and Gloucester this year. The announcement follows the successful staging of the 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship at the South West Snooker Academy last November, which was open to five of the eight different WDBS classification groups. The […]

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Bonnell Enjoys Masters Visit

The WDBS was pleased to welcome Graham Bonnell to the 2016 Dafabet Masters last week at the Alexandra Palace. Winner of the Group 1/2 event at the 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship in Gloucester last November, Bonnell was invited to see the matches between John Higgins and Liang Wenbo, and Neil Robertson and Marco Fu […]

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Success for first WDBS event

Success For First WDBS Event

The new World Disability Billiards and Snooker body staged its first event last weekend, attended by players from around the UK and beyond. The landmark event, called the 2015 Open Disability Snooker Championship, took place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester. The WDBS was launched in September with the intention to give more […]

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WDBS Winners To Receive Medals In York

Entries are still open for the first tournament staged by the new World Disability Billiards and Snooker body in Gloucester later this month, and the WDBS is delighted to announce that the winners will be invited to one of snooker’s biggest events to receive their medals. The medals will be presented at the York Barbican […]

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Entries Open For First WDBS Event

The first tournament staged by the new World Disability Billiards and Snooker body will take place in Gloucester in November. Online payment for entry is now available – find out more information Players must also fill out the entry pack, select the link below. Entry pack Open day details View flyer The WDBS was launched […]

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