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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 for the weekend includes a Friday open day at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and receive coaching, as well as the opportunities for players competing in the weekend’s tournaments to practice.

As part of the sponsorship, players will be provided with branded waistcoat patches to wear during competition and media activities.

888lcd.co.uk supplies mobile phone screens to a customer base of approximately 5,500 across the UK and previously sponsored last year’s Hull Open.

Simon Berrisford, WDBS director and owner of 888lcd.co.uk said: “We are delighted to once again support what promises to be a landmark first overseas event for the WDBS. To stage an international event outside of the UK is a key milestone in our development going forwards and 888lcd.co.uk is proud to be a part of the tournament.”

The 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 of Bruges this weekend (23-25 March).

Full tournament information, including draws, results and photos will be available here at wdbs.info or via our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).

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 Chris Norbury and Shokat Ali.

Daniel Lee made it back-to-back titles in the Group 2 wheelchair competition with a 3-1 victory against Tony Southern in Sunday’s final. Lee, who was born with spina bifida, previously won the Open Disability Snooker Championship in Wolverhampton and avenged defeat against Southern in the round robin stages to take the gold medal home to Buckinghamshire.

In Group 3 there was also a second title for Scotland’s William Thomson, who edged out four-time winner Daniel Blunn 3-2 following a dramatic final. Thomson, who previously won the 2016 Manchester Classic, was in fine form all weekend and sealed the title with a break of 41 (his seventh over 40 during the weekend), in the deciding frame.

Coached by former world champion Graeme Dott, Thomson has also been nominated by his national federation to compete in the EBSA European Championships this week in Bulgaria and will be looking to carry his form over into that event.

There was another new winner in the Group 4-5 tournament as local debutant Michael ‘Mickey’ Chambers defeated another former WDBS champion Andy Johnson 3-0 to claim the title. Chambers, whose left foot was amputated when he was younger following treatment for meningitis, dropped just one frame throughout the competition and impressed with a break of 51 during his semi-final victory against Gareth Ward.

Friday’s Group 6 competition saw Leroy Jay Williams claim his first WDBS title with a 2-0 win against Ryan Riding. Williams, who was previously runner-up at events in Wolverhampton and Hull, ensured that it would be third time lucky by coming through the field to take victory.

Finally, the Challenge Cup event, for players who did not qualify for Sunday’s knockout rounds, was won by WDBS stalwart Kal Mattu, who edged out Craig Welsh in a best of three frames final.

Simon Berrisford, WDBS director and owner of event title sponsor J&S Trading said: “As always it has been fantastic to be see a mix of new and returning people coming together to provide an action-packed weekend of snooker in Preston. It is particularly exciting to see how competitive these events are becoming as the standard of play continues to rise, but without losing any of their magic and the special atmosphere that WDBS tournaments have.

“On behalf of WDBS I would also like to extend my thanks to Chris, Shokat and the rest of the team at the Elite Snooker Centre, who could not have been more accommodating to us all weekend. With further plans in place to improve what is already a fine example of a modern, safe snooker club, we are already looking forward to returning in the future.”

WDBS will next head to Northampton for the first Groups 6-8 event of 2018, the Parris Cues UK Open to be held at Barratts Snooker Club from 16-18 February. Open to players with learning, hearing and visual disabilities, entries remain open with more information available at www.wdbs.info.

View draws and results at MySnookerStats.

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.