World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) runs a series of events every year to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in snooker and English billiards.

Events include both open days for people with any disability to come along and try snooker, as well as competitive tournaments where players can battle players with a similar disability to claim a gold medal.

Tournament Formats

WDBS tournaments are played under a variety of different formats, from the traditional format of the game to the increasingly popular 6-Red variant of the game.

Some events are open to all eight WDBS Classification groups, with players split into individual tournaments where they will just compete against players within their own group.

Other events are open to specified groups e.g. Group 1-5 events for physical disabilities, or Group 6-8 for learning and sensory classifications.

Weekend Structure

WDBS events are generally held over two to three days, with a Friday Open Day in place to welcome newcomers to the circuit and enable regular players to practice.

The competitive action will then begin on Saturday morning, beginning with a round robin group stage to guarantee multiple matches for all players, with the most successful qualifying for Sunday’s knockout rounds.

To ensure that players receive as much playing time as possible at our events, those who are unable to qualify for the final stages will also have the option to participate in a Challenge Cup tournament on the Sunday.

How can I play at WDBS events?

Our Friday Open Days are open to anyone with a disability, with free entry and a buffet lunch provided during the day.

To enter a competitive tournament, players must submit their entry online and make payment of their entry fee by the event entry deadline stated in the entry pack.

You can learn more about the entry process at our dedicated How to Enter page.

Once entered and payment has been received, we will contact you to accept your entry and look forward to welcoming you to the WDBS family!