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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. Enter now with our online entry system 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 […]

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Landmark Open Day Held in China

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) staged an Open Day at the WPBSA-CBSA World Snooker Academy in Beijing on Tuesday. The event was attended by Nigel Mawer QPM, Chairman of the WDBS, Chris Hornby, Sports Development Manger of the WPBSA, as well as professional snooker coaches, disabled snooker fans and players. The event was hosted […]

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WDBS Player Update – August 2018

All players please see below letter from our chairman Nigel Mawer QPM regarding the latest developments at World Disability Billiards and Snooker which will affect players from all eight classification groups:   Dear Players, As we celebrate our third ‘birthday’ as an organisation I am writing to you to thank you for your continued support […]

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FizzThinks360 to Sponsor Humber Classic

We are today delighted to announce that next month’s Humber Classic will be sponsored by FizzThinks360. Having recently supported the Welsh Open earlier this month, the talent management agency has pledged its support to the latest event to be run by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS). The Humber Classic will be our first to […]

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Disability Snooker Welcomed in China

Officials from World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) recently visited the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (CASPD) to explore future partnership opportunities. Nigel Mawer QPM, chairman of WDBS and WPBSA Sport Development Manager Chris Hornby met with Mr Wu Secretary of the Party Committee for CASPD and his team at the Chinese […]

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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 […]

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WDBS to Stage Landmark Group 6 Event

We are today excited to announce the first staging of the Humber Classic – the first-ever World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) event which will include a weekend Group 6 tournament exclusively for players with learning disabilities. Download the entry form Download the easy read entry form The landmark event will run from 17-19 August […]

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Watch: New WDBS Video

Watch our new video as we hear from some of our World Disability Billiards and Snooker players about their stories and their experiences at WDBS events. The video features Mickey Chambers, Robert Craft, Kal Mattu, Niteshk Chavda, Lee Finbow, Lewis Knowles, Christof Niklaus, William Thomson and interpreter Yvonne Thomas. Thank you to Jamie Hyde for […]

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Daniel Lee Wins in Wales

Daniel Lee emerged victorious from a record-breaking field of 55 players to win this year’s Welsh Open in Cwmbran last weekend following a 2-1 victory against Aslam Abubaker. Organised by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), the event returned to Redz Snooker Club following a successful first staging a year ago and once again welcomed […]

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Welsh Open 2018: Follow Here

Our two-day tournament at the 2018 Welsh Open in association with FizzThinks360 and RBF Comms runs from 30 June – 1 July 2018. Follow all of the latest action via the following links: Draw and results (via MySnookerStats) WDBS Facebook WDBS Twitter

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RR Cue Cases to Provide Player of the Season Prize

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce its new ‘WDBS Player of the Season’ award with the winner to receive a unique prize courtesy of RR Cue Cases Ltd. The first winner of the prestigious new award will be decided following the Southern Classic next March, with the 2018/19 season set […]

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New Sponsors announced for Welsh Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Welsh Open will be sponsored by FizzThinks360 and RBF Comms. To be staged at Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran from 29 June – 1 July, the unique event will once again see players from all eight disability classification groups compete against each […]

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Welsh Open 2018 – Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for the Welsh Open 2018 which will return to Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran on 29 June – 1 July 2018. Entry pack (Word) Entry pack (PDF) As in 2017, the competition will once again be open to players from all eight disability classification groups and all matches will be played […]

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Derby Success for Neale and Ahmed

The Paul Hunter Disability Classic successfully returned to the Cueball Derby last weekend as World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) staged its latest event for players with learning and sensory disabilities. View images from the weekend at our Facebook page View the final results and standings from Derby The final event of the 2017/18 season, […]

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Golden Galley Makes Dream Debut

Andrew Galley announced himself on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker circuit by claiming the 2018 Paul Hunter Disability Classic Group 6 title on debut. The fourth stop on this year’s WDBS calendar saw a welcome return to the Cueball Derby for the second edition of the Paul Hunter Disability Classic. With healthy numbers across […]

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New Ambassadors for WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has recently announced that leading professional snooker star Shaun Murphy and Olympic/Paralympic broadcaster Rob Walker have both agreed to become WDBS ambassadors ahead of the 2018/19 season. Former world number three Murphy is one of the most recognisable players in the sport and one of only ten players ever […]

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Cueball Derby Set for Paul Hunter Disability Classic

This weekend’s Paul Hunter Disability Classic is set to be one of the biggest events staged by World Disability Billiards and Snooker to date. To be staged for a second time following a successful competition in 2017, the three-day event has received a bumper 48 entries from players with a range of disabilities including learning […]

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Mickey Chambers Interview

Reigning WDBS Northern Classic (Group 4-5) champion Mickey Chambers was recently interviewed by BBC Lancashire Sport during World Snooker Disability Day in Sheffield. Listen to the interview here: https://audioboom.com/posts/6856528-leyland-amputee-footballer-mickey-chambers-talks-about-adding-snooker-success-to-his-cv-with-a-title-at-his-first-event

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WDBS Coaching Zone to be Sponsored by Go Green Energy

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced an innovative new sponsorship deal with independent renewable energy company Go Green Energy for the 2018/19 season. Beginning with the WDBS Welsh Open in June, each Friday open day staged by WDBS will now incorporate a new ‘Coaching Zone’ at which people with disabilities can receive […]

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World Snooker Disability Day 2018

World Snooker Disability Day will once again be staged during the Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on Wednesday 25th April 2018. With activities to run throughout the day at the ‘Cue Zone’ situated at the Winter Garden, close to the Crucible Theatre, the event aims to raise awareness of disability snooker and encourage people […]

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Belgium Hosts Landmark WDBS Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) successfully staged its first-ever event outside of the UK last weekend in Belgium. Held at The Trickshot in Bruges, the competition saw a mix of established WDBS players and local challengers come together for an event which represented another significant milestone for disability snooker globally. There was a home […]

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Paul Hunter Disability Classic 2018: Entry Forms Released

Entries are now open for the second staging of the 2018 Paul Hunter Disability Classic, to be held at the Cueball Derby on the weekend of 18-20 May 2018. Download the Group 7 entry form Download the Group 8 entry form The main two-day competition will see tournaments staged for deaf players and those with […]

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Belgian Open to be sponsored by 888lcd.co.uk

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is pleased to announce that this weekend’s Belgian Open will be sponsored by 888lcd.co.uk The event will be the first WDBS competition to be held outside of the UK and will include competitions for players with physical (Groups 1-5) and learning disabilities (Group 6). Like previous events, the programme […]

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2018/2019 UK Calendar Announced

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce its provisional calendar of UK events for the 2018/19 season. Click HERE to view the calendar Having previously announced events on an individual basis, for the first time were are able to confirm a full schedule of seven UK events for the season ahead, […]

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Disability Snooker Success at Parris Cues UK Open

A trio of former winners on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) circuit claimed more silverware at the Parris Cues UK Open at Barratts Snooker and Sports Club, Northampton, last weekend The event was the second WDBS event of 2018 following the Northern Classic earlier in the month and saw players with both sensory […]

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WDBS Success at Northern Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) held the J&S Trading Northern Classic, its first event of 2018 in Preston, England last weekend. Open to players from six disability groups covering a range of physical and learning disabilities, the event ran for three days at the Elite Snooker Club, owned and run by former professional players […]

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Leroy Joy in Preston

Leroy Jay Williams won his first World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) competition on Friday at the J&S Trading Northern Classic in Preston. Competing in the Group 6 classification for people with learning disabilities, Williams came through a strong field to eventual claim the title by defeating Ryan Ryding in the final. Having finished as […]

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Berrisford Joins WDBS Board

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce that Simon Berrisford has been elected to the Board of Directors with immediate effect. Simon joins the existing board of Nigel Mawer QPM (chairman), Clive Brown and Bob Hill, bringing his wealth of commercial experience and unquestionable enthusiasm for the role to the WDBS […]

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WDBS Calendar 2018

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today confirmed its calendar of events for the first half of 2018. Last year saw five competitive snooker events staged for people falling under up to 36 different disability profiles, a total which is set to be equalled within the first six months of 2018 alone. With interest […]

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Parris Cues to Sponsor UK Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has announced that world renowned cue makers Parris Cues will become the headline sponsor of next month’s UK Open event in Northampton. An expert at his craft for over 25 years John Parris, the eponymous founder of the London based company, has worked successfully with many of snooker’s top […]

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Tony Southern Q&A

A name who will be familiar to most with an interest in disability cue sports, Tony Southern will be among those in action at next month’s J&S Trading Northern Classic, to be held at Preston’s Elite Snooker Club for the first time. We caught up with Tony recently to preview the tournament and look back […]

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UK Open Announced

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce the UK Open, a new event to take place at Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton next month. The three-day event will run from 16-18 February 2018 and will be the first competition of the new year for players with visual (Group 7) and hearing […]

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Belgian Open – Entry Forms Available

The entry forms are now available for the WDBS Belgian Open next March. Download the entry form (Groups 1-5) Download the entry form (Group 6) The first WDBS event to be held outside of the UK will take place at The Trickshot, a fully accessible venue close to the centre of the historic city of […]

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Disability Classic Returns to Derby

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will return to Derby in 2018 for the second staging of the Paul Hunter Disability Classic. To be held at the 14-table Cueball Derby following a successful event at the venue earlier this year, the 2018 edition will run from 18-20 May 2018 and include tournaments for deaf and […]

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Hotel Velotel Supports Belgian Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Hotel Velotel Bruges to provide a special rate for players competing at the WDBS Belgian Open tournament next spring. The tournament will be held at The Trickshot, located close to the city centre in Bruges, from […]

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New Champions Crowned at Hull Open

The 888lcd.co.uk Hull Open saw new winners this evening in both the Group 7 and 8 competitions staged at the Tradewell Snooker Club. Returning to the East Yorkshire venue for a second successive year, the event proved to be the biggest yet staged by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), with a record 49 players […]

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Hull Win For Harwood

Daniel Harwood claimed his second WDBS title with a 2-1 victory against Leroy Jay Williams at the 888lcd.co.uk Hull Open this evening. The opening day of the tournament at the Tradewell Snooker Club saw the Group 6 competition played to a conclusion, alongside our regular open day for people with any disabilities. As at the […]

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Preston to Host J&S Trading Northern Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today pleased to announce the staging of the inaugural J&S Trading Northern Classic, to be held for the first time in Preston, Lancashire. The event is set to be the first WDBS competition of the new year and will run from from 2-4 February 2018 at the Elite […]

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Neale Celebrates 147 Break

Last month WDBS player Nick Neale achieved a special milestone as he made a maximum 147 break for the first time in his career during practice. The Birmingham potter, who competes as a Group 7 player at WDBS events following the loss of his sight in one eye at the age of 15, has stepped […]

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Wolverhampton On Cue For WDBS

The 2017 Open Disability Snooker Championship was successfully hosted last weekend in Wolverhampton by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS). View all results from the event Held at the Golden Cue Snooker Club, the event saw players with a range of physical and learning disabilities battle it out to become champions in their respective categories […]

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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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