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 May 2017 at the Cueball Derby. As with the previous events held in Woking and Hull last year, the main two-day tournament will be open to players with visual and hearing impairments, with people with any disabilities encouraged to attend our Friday open day beforehand.
The Paul Hunter Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of three-time Masters champion Paul Hunter with the specific aim of giving disadvantaged, able bodied and disabled youngsters an opportunity to play snooker. Over the past decade, the Foundation has raised over £550,000, delivering over 580 live roadshows to over 10,000 children across 160 different communities within the UK. It has also donated over 2,750 cased cues, installed 12 full-size snooker tables into the community and repaired over 100 tables.
A spokesman for the Paul Hunter Foundation said: “We are delighted to support the great work being carried out by the WDBS in providing opportunities for people with disabilities to be able to try snooker and play the sport in a competitive environment. As the Paul Hunter Foundation has worked tirelessly to help children from all backgrounds, including with disabilities to be able to play snooker over the past 10 years, our objectives align perfectly with those of the WDBS and we look forward to what will be a fantastic weekend of snooker in Derby!”
The entry pack for the tournament is now available to download here.
The Paul Hunter Disability Classic will be the second of at least five tournaments to be staged by the WDBS in 2017, following the recent announcement of the full calendar.
The Cueball Derby has 14 full-size snooker tables and has also previously hosted World Ladies Billiards and Snooker events as recently as January 2017.
As with previous events, with the support of the Paul Hunter Foundation, prize money will be available at the tournament, with further details to be released closer to the event.