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DSActive Workshop – February 2020

Improve your skills working with players with Down’s syndrome and other learning disabilities

Snooker coaches and referees, volunteers, officials, board members and players are all invited to a free workshop to develop skills and knowledge to work with players with learning disabilities.

DSActive – a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association – will host the evening session on Thursday 20 February, 6pm – 8pm, at West Herts College in Watford. Full details are contained in the attached poster.

All confirmed attendees will also be offered a free ticket to that day’s afternoon session of the BetVictor Snooker Shoot Out at Watford Colosseum, just around the corner.

It will be the second workshop of its kind, following a very successful session in Stockport earlier this year.

The workshop is provided as part of a partnership between WPBSA and DSActive, which aims to develop pathways into our sport for people with Down’s syndrome to become players and coaches.

For more information or to book your place please email bob.hill@wpbsa.com or call the WPBSA on 0117 317 8203.

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.


WDBS director Bob Hill

The recent WDBS Woking Open was the first world disability snooker competition open to people with learning disabilities. Many of the players who took part were part of a coaching group organised by WDBS director Bob Hill, a leading snooker coach in the Bristol area who recognises benefits of snooker for people with learning disabilities, including the creation of new social opportunities.

“I really believe snooker is an ideal sport for players with learning disabilities,” said Hill. “It involves an intuitive set of ideas, such as potting balls and taking it in turns; it’s interactive, giving players the chance to socialise while taking part; and it requires focus while not being over-complicated.

And the rewards do not only extend to the players themselves, but also to coaches such as himself and fellow WDBS director Tim Squires, who also coaches learning disability groups.


WPBSA World Snooker coach Danielle Findlay in Woking

“Coaching players with learning disabilities is the best part of the coaching I do because the players involved gain the most rewards from it,” continued Hill. “It’s not only about improving skill, but about players gaining confidence and social skills. One player in my group barely spoke during his first three sessions, but he has gradually made friends. He recently competed in the Woking Open tournament and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I would encourage other coaches to develop snooker groups for players with learning disabilities – there are lots of skills and enjoyment to be gained from it. You will have a really positive impact on those who attend.

“I would also urge community organisations supporting people with learning disabilities to look at what snooker provision exists near them and give it a go. Or else contact the WDBS to find out how to get started.”

For more information and to support Learning Disability week please visit MENCAP’s website and tweet using the hashtag #LDWeek16