Tag: Nigel Mawer

Gloucester Winners to Qualify for WSF Championships

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is delighted to confirm that there will be an extra special incentive on offer for each of the six winners at this month’s inaugural Parris Cues Champion of Champions event in Gloucester.

The all-new invitational event will be played on 20-21 October 2018 and see the most successful four players from each of our six regular group events (1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7 and 8) dating back to 2015, compete to become the Champion of Champions in their classification group and be presented with the new Nick Oliver Trophy.

As first announced to the players at the recent Open Disability Snooker Championship, we can today confirm that courtesy of regular WDBS sponsor 360Fizz, our new champions will also be offered the incredible opportunity to compete at next year’s WSF Championships in the United Arab Emirates, organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

First staged in Malta earlier this year, the WSF Championships is an international event which provides the world’s best amateur players the chance to compete for a place on the World Snooker Tour and places at other prestigious international events. Next year’s event will be played at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time from 28 March – 7 April 2019 and will also incorporate a Seniors event and the World Women’s Snooker Championship.

Following an agreement reached with the WSF and the support of 360Fizz, WDBS will fund the entry of each of the six winners in Gloucester, together with the reasonable cost of flights and hotels for the duration of the period that the players are competing in the event.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer said: “I am thrilled to be able to make this announcement on what is a significant day in our journey. Since our formation in 2015 we have been committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to play snooker competitively, not only against each other but also in major able-bodied tournaments and through our membership of the WSF we are able to do just that.

“Already at this year’s WSF Championships in Malta we met players from Iceland and Israel who were competing with disabilities and today’s announcement is a fantastic incentive for each of our 24 players who will be competing in Gloucester this month to be able to join them in Dubai.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors 360Fizz who have been such strong supporters of disability snooker so far this season and we look forward to working with closely in the future.”

Jonny Welch of 360Fizz added: “I am proud to be able to play a part in helping these incredible players be able to compete at such an important international tournament as the WSF Championships. It has been a pleasure both for me personally and for 360Fizz to support WDBS so far this season and I would like to wish all of the players competing in Gloucester for these places in Gloucester the very best of luck!”

The Parris Cues Champion of Champions will take place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on 20-21 October 2018. Further information including confirmation of the 24 players who will be competing at the tournament will be released shortly.

Learn more about the WSF Championships: https://www.worldsnookerfederation.org/u-a-e-to-host-wsf-championships-2019/

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.

Nigel Mawer and Simon Berrisford

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer with Simon at the Crucible Theatre

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 as we look to build upon the progress made during the past two years.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer QPM said: “I am very pleased that Simon has agreed to join the WDBS Board. He has been a great advocate for disability snooker and the WDBS as well as a big supporter of our events.  As well as having a background in snooker, Simon will be an asset in taking forward the search for sponsors to support the work of the WDBS as it continues to grow.”

As a fully qualified Level 2 WPBSA World Snooker coach, Simon will continue to support WDBS coaching days, providing guidance and advice to people with all disabilities.

Simon is a fully qualified WPBSA World Snooker coach

Simon will also play an active role in attracting new partners to the WDBS. Through the event sponsorship provided by his existing companies including J&S Trading and 888lcd.co.uk, Simon has already contributed significantly to the running of tournaments for an extended period and this will continue to be the case going forwards.

Simon Berrisford said: “I am very proud to have been chosen to join the WDBS board of directors.  Since my first involvement in early 2017 I have been immensely impressed with this sector of the sport, in particularly with the competitors themselves.

“The WDBS is progressing at a phenomenal rate.  I hope that my inclusion within the board will push disability snooker to further levels and beyond.  There is no limit to what both the WDBS and its competitors can achieve.”

Simon and the rest of the team will be at this weekend’s J&S Trading Northern Classic, to be staged at the Elite Snooker Club in Preston this coming weekend of 2-4 February.

Learn more about the WDBS Board of Directors HERE.

WDBS Calendar 2018

2018 calendar of events graphic

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 continuing to grow both within the UK and internationally, we will continue to provide tournaments for players with physical, learning and sensory disabilities.

Physical disabilities

People with physical disabilities, including wheelchair and ambulant players (Groups 1-5) will have opportunities to play at two new venues in 2018 as we head to Preston and Bruges for the first time.

The first WDBS event of the year will be played at the Elite Snooker Club in Preston from 2-4 February for the J&S Trading Northern Classic, before we stage our first ever event outside of the UK, the Belgian Open from 23-25 March at The Trickshot club.

Sensory disabilities

The first event of the year for deaf and visually impaired players (Groups 7-8) will be the Parris Cues UK Open, which again will be held at a new venue to the WDBS as we head to Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton.

Home to current top 16 professional Kyren Wilson, the venue boasts over 20 snooker tables and like all WDBS venues is fully accessible.

We will also return to the Cueball Derby for the Paul Hunter Disability Classic between 18-20 May following last year’s tournament which new winners across all participating groups.

Learning Disabilities

We will also stage competitions for Group 6 players at all events alongside our regular Friday open days, subject to sufficient entries being received.

Six-Red ChampionshipWide shot of multi tables at WDBS event

We will also return to Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran for the Welsh Open from 29 June – 1 July following a successful inaugural event at the venue last year.

The event will again be open to players from all eight WDBS classification groups, who will compete against each other with matches to be played under the Six Red format of the game.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer said: “Last year was hugely encouraging for WDBS as we hosted a record number of events and so we are looking forward to be able to offer even more opportunities for disabled people to be able to play snooker competitively in 2018.

“We are particularly looking forward to our first tournament in Belgium, which is another significant development as we look to expand our global presence and attract further international support.”

If you would like to support the WDBS team as an event sponsor please get in touch via our contact form for more information.