Category: Events

Entry Open for Belgian Open 2019

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Belgian Open which returns to The Trickshot, Bruges following a successful first staging of the event last March.

The event will run from 8-10 March and begin with a practice day for people with any disabilities to come and try snooker, prior to a two-day tournament for people with physical disabilities (ambulant and wheelchair groups 1-5).

The venue is fully accessible and based in the centre of the historic city of Bruges. We would once again like to extend our thanks to owner Olivier Vandenbohede and his team for their hospitality and support with the event.

Velotel Hotel exterior

Hotel Velotel

As was the case in 2018 we have agreed a special rate with the Hotel Velotel Bruges for people who will be competing in the event as follows:

  • Single room incl. breakfast €65.00 (+ €2.12 city tax per night)
  • Double room incl. breakfast €75.00 (+ €2.12 city tax per night)
  • Upgrade to superior room: + €25.00 Free pa

The rate will be available from 07/03/2019 – 11/03/2019 and to reserve a room players should contact George Edwards and confirm:

  1. Which nights are required
  2. Whether a double or twin room is required
  3. If an accessible room is required

Please note that rooms are limited, so interested players are urged to contact George as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Learn more about the hotel at their website.

Northern Classic 2019: Enter Now!

Entries are now open for the Northern Classic 2019 which will be held for the first time at the Hazel Grove Snooker Club from 8-10 February.

The event is the first World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) event of the New Year and will include full two-day tournaments for people with physical and learning disabilities, with Group 6 to join players from Groups 1-5.

The weekend will begin with our regular Friday Open Day, to include the Go Green Energy Coaching Zone at which people of any level of experience are encouraged to participate in snooker.

Parris Cues Champion of Champions 2018: Live Stream

Watch our live stream from the Parris Cues Champions of Champions 2018 at the South West Snooker Academy below:

Streaming schedule:

Saturday 20th October

  • Dan Harwood v Leroy Williams (G6)
  • William Thomson v Daniel Blunn (G3)
  • Nick Neale v Mike Gillespie (G7)

Sunday 21st October

  • TBC
  • FINAL TBC

Northampton Set For Fizz Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) heads to Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton next weekend for what is set to be its biggest disability snooker tournament yet.

The Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship will include competitive tournaments for players from all eight WDBS classification groups encompassing physical, learning and sensory disabilities. Over 80 players have confirmed their entry, smashing the previous record of 55 entries received at the Welsh Open earlier this year. The field includes players travelling from as far as Hong Kong, Poland and India.

As well as the serious competition, there will also be a free Friday Open Day for people with any disabilities to be able to come and pick up a cue under the guidance of accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches. Joining us on the day will be international Paralympic broadcaster and snooker Master of Ceremonies Rob Walker who became a WDBS Ambassador earlier this year, as well as local MP Michael Ellis and Mayor of Northampton Councillor Tony Ansell.

There will also be a special photo shoot held on Saturday with all WDBS players encouraged to participate at a convenient time between their matches.

The event will be sponsored once again by the fantastic FizzThinks360, following their sponsorship of the successful Welsh Open and Humber Classic events earlier this season. Supporting sponsorship will be provided by BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express.

All of the action will take place at Barratts Snooker Club, the home of two-time ranking event winner Kyren Wilson, the second WDBS event to take place at the venue this year following February’s UK Open. A venue of substantial size, the snooker area boasts an impressive 22 snooker tables with food served all day.

Further information in respect of the playing schedule and event formats will be issued to players shortly.

Draws and results for the tournament will be updated from next Saturday at MySnookerStats.

 

Hull Open Finalists to Receive Bonus Prize

There will be a special bonus prize on offer for the finalists of both the Group 7 and 8 events at the WDBS Hull Open 2018 this November.

To be held at the Tradewell Snooker Club for a third successive year, the event will once again include a two-day tournament for deaf players and those with visual impairments.

Courtesy of our hosts at the club, the both the winners and runner-ups in both events will be invited to share a VIP table at an upcoming Jimmy White exhibition in Lincoln on Friday 11 January 2019. There will also be a BSL interpreter completing the table to ensure that both deaf finalists are able to enjoy the evening fully.

As an extra special incentive, the player of the four who has the highest break of the weekend at the WDBS Hull Open 2018 will also need to bring their cue as they will be selected to play a frame against Jimmy White on the evening!

Our thanks go to the owners at the Tradewell Snooker Club for generously donating this incredible prize to our players. We would also like to thank event organiser Nigel Coton who once again plans to donate surplus funds from the exhibition to World Disability Billiards and Snooker.

Further Sponsors Confirmed for Northampton

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced two further sponsors for the upcoming Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship.

First held back in 2015, the event is one of our most prestigious titles and this year will welcome by far our largest field of competitors to date to the tournament.

The event will now be supported by BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express, in addition to event title sponsor FizzThinks360.

BB Scaffolding is a Manchester-based company, offering a fast, reliable and safe scaffolding service to both the construction industry and private sector. Run by experienced scaffolders Bradley Wosahlo and Brett Downs, the company offers a wide-range of services and an emergency 24 hour call out service.

Cashflow Express is an independent, owner managed, specialist cash flow solution provider operating throughout the UK. The company offers services including factoring, invoice discounting, bad debt protection, asset based lending, trade finance, purchase order finance, stock finance and business recovery.

Entry for the event remains open until 21 September 2018. Please click HERE for more information and to enter online.

Learn more about BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express at their websites:

www.bbscaffolding.co.uk

www.cashflow-express.co.uk

FizzThinks360 to Sponsor Open Disability Snooker Championship

We are today excited to announce that our next tournament at Barratts Snooker Club, Northampton will be sponsored by FizzThinks360.

The event, which will now be known as the Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship, takes place on 28-30 September 2018 and is open to players of all eight disability classification groups including physical, learning and sensory disabilities.

This will be the third consecutive World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) to be sponsored by FizzThinks360, a successful talent management and promotion agency founded by the charismatic Jonny Welch who has attended recent events in Cwmbran and Hull.

The action will begin with our regular Friday Open Day on 28 September, prior to two days of competitive action with another record-breaking field of entrants expected.

Learn more about the weekend and the extra activities that will be hosted during the event here.

Enter now – limited availability

There has been extremely high demand for this event and at the time of writing there are just 20 places remaining in the competition. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are intending to play in the event but have not yet completed your entry, we therefore strongly recommend that you do not delay so as not to avoid potential disappointment.

You can enter online here, or download our paper application form here.

Geronimo Wins Humber Classic

Peter Geronimo defeated Leroy Williams 3-1 to win the inaugural World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Humber Classic yesterday.

Held at the Tradewell Snooker Club in Hull, the event was the first full-weekend tournament staged exclusively for people with learning disabilities. Based upon the nature of their learning disability players were classified as either 6A or 6B, with 6A players receiving a points start when playing 6B players.

Competing in his first WDBS event, London-based Geronimo progressed from Saturday’s group stages to a last eight meeting with fellow debutant Oliver Hanson. Following a 3-0 victory he then added the scalp of Preston’s Jordan Crossey with a 3-1 success to secure his place in the final.

He came up against reigning Northern Classic champion Leroy Williams in the decisive match after the Liverpudlian had made smooth progress through the draw without the loss of a frame.

It was Williams who made the faster start to the final, making a tournament high break of 46 on his way to taking the opening frame. Geronimo however had shown impressive tactical nous throughout the event and took a lengthy second frame to draw level, before adding the third to move one away from the title.

For much of the fourth frame it appeared as though the final was destined for a decider as Williams held the advantage, but it was Geronimo who was the stronger player on the colours and eventually potted the black to clinch a comeback victory. He subsequently described the victory as the ‘best of his life’ and accepted his gold medal from fellow competitor and British television actor Liam Bairstow.

As both the tournament winner and high break prizes were won by players from classification Group 6B, there was also an additional prize for the best performing player from Group 6A which was won by semi-finalist Michael Farrell. The Group 6A high break prize was claimed by local player Michael Greenheld following a run of 19 against Farrell during their quarter-final encounter.

Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup for competitors who did not progress to the knockout rounds of the main tournament was won by regular player Alexandra Mendham.

It was a weekend to remember for Mendham who was impressive throughout and signed off with a 2-0 victory against first-timer Paul Wilshaw to earn her first gold medal.

Open day success

The weekend began with a busy open day on Friday which welcomed groups from Sheffield, Goole, Blackburn and Hull, as well as other people with disabilities. With opportunities available to participate in fun games, receive snooker coaching from WPBSA World Snooker coaches and to practice ahead of the weekend, it was a fantastic day for everybody involved and we look forward to seeing everybody again at future events.

As with the recent Welsh Open, the event was kindly supported by FizzThinks360, with company founder Jonny ‘Fizz’ Welch in attendance during the weekend.

WDBS would like to thank everyone at the Tradewell Snooker Club for their continued support of disability snooker. Already we are looking forward to returning this November for our third Hull Open competition for our Group 6-8 players.

We would also like to thank not only all of the players, but their families and supporters who travelled to the event and without whom the event would not have been possible.

View full tournament results from the main competition via MySnookerStats here.

View event photos at our Facebook page here.

View the updated WDBS Roll of Honour here.

Open Disability Snooker Championship 2018: Enter Now

Entries are now open for the Open Disability Snooker Championship 2018 which will be held on 28-30 September.

To be held for the first time at Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton, this year marks the fourth staging of the event by World Disability Billiards and Snooker since its first edition back in 2015.

This year however the event returns with a fresh new twist as for the first time players from ALL EIGHT classification groups will be eligible to enter the competition, with Groups 7-8 joining the competition. In a significant difference to the recent Welsh Open, players will compete within their own disability classification groups with matches to be played under the full 15-Red format of the game.

Barratts is the home of former Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson and previously hosted the WDBS UK Open back in February which saw victories for Paul Smith, Shabir Ahmed and Daniel Harwood. The venue boasts an impressive 22 snooker tables with food served all day.

Format

The weekend will begin with a Friday Open Day, at which people with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available.

The open day will be attended by Paralympic broadcaster and snooker Master of Ceremonies Rob Walker, who earlier this year agreed to become an ambassador for WDBS.

In another first, there will also be an opportunity for players to receive English Billiards coaching during the Friday, with a competition to be organised subject to there being sufficient interest on the day.

The weekend will then see two days of competitive snooker, with group matches set to be played on Saturday and knockout rounds played to a conclusion on Sunday. There will once again be a Challenge Cup competition held on Sunday for players who do not progress to the knockout stages.

We also plan to hold a special photoshoot for WDBS players during the Saturday, with all players encouraged to take part. Photographs will be used for future WDBS promotional material and you will be sent your photos for your own use.

Enter online

In a change from the normal entry process you can now enter the main competition online HERE.

To enter, please complete the fields requested and click ‘Enter & Pay’, following which you will be redirected to PayPal and have the option to either log in and pay by PayPal, or to checkout as a guest and pay by credit or debit card.

Regular players are also reminded of the recent changes announced to the dress code and WDBS classification system as explained HERE.

If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Simon Berridford and Liam Bairstow smiling

Corrie’s Bairstow to play at Humber Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is delighted to confirm that British soap star Liam Bairstow will be among the players competing at next month’s Humber Classic tournament in Hull.

Liam is best known for his role as Alex Warner in ITV’s Coronation Street, after he famously became the first actor with Down’s Syndrome to be cast in the world’s longest running soap opera just over three years ago.

Away from the studios Liam is also a keen snooker fan and first met the WDBS team last May when he visited the World Championship to watch Mark Selby take on John Higgins on final day. Having kept in touch ever since, we are now looking forward to welcoming Liam to what will be our first-ever weekend competition exclusively for players with learning disabilities.

“I am really looking forward to this event,” said the Bradford-based actor. “I have been a fan of snooker since I have been watching Ronnie O’Sullivan who is my favourite.

“It was amazing to visit the Crucible last year because so many people were there. It was really exciting to meet legends like Stephen Hendry and John Parrott who I remember watching play.

“It was also a lot of fun as we had a challenge in the Cue Zone where if a boy beat me he would get a tour of Coronation Street and he did, so I was able to take him round the set.”

As well as being able to pick up a cue for himself, Liam is looking forward to being able to meet new people during the event which will be held at Hull’s Tradewell Snooker Centre from 17-19 August.

“I love socialising and meeting new people,” added Bairstow. “It’s so nice to be able to talk to different people and then keep in touch through social media. I love Facebook and Twitter to be able to let my friends know when I will be on TV.”

Of his fellow cast members at Corrie, Liam identifies Charlie de Melo, who plays lawyer Imran Habeeb in the soap as a talented snooker player on a set which has welcomed the ‘Weatherfield Snooker Hall’ as a recent addition to the iconic street.

As for his own hopes in Hull, Liam is keeping his cards close to his chest but says that it would give him ‘a very warm feeling’ if he is able to take home a medal from the event.

Entries for the Humber Classic remain open with players with all disabilities welcomed to our free Friday Open Day, ahead of the two-day tournament for our Group 6 players.

Download the entry form now: https://www.wdbs.info/event/humber-classic-2018-group-6/