World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced its planned calendar of events for the first half of the 2023/24 season which is set to be highlighted by the staging of landmark new events in Ireland and Germany.
The international expansion represents a key step for WDBS as the organisation looks to secure the long-term return of snooker to the Paralympic Games. It remains a central objective to engage people from around the world with the aim of increasing the global reach of the WDBS Tour.
As during the 2022/23 season, all tournaments will be open to players from all eight WDBS classification groups.
The first ranking tournament of the 2023/24 season will see the circuit head to Ireland for the first time with the staging of the WDBS Irish Open from 28-30 July.
The event will be played at the Snooker & Billiards Ireland HQ in Carlow, situated approximately one hour away from Dublin and accessible via air or ferry.
Eight high-quality tables will be used throughout the weekend, with a Friday Open Day overseen by leading WPBSA Snooker Coaches, prior to the competitive action across all classification groups.
The event will be supported by SBI Chairman Dylan Rees, himself a four-time champion on the WDBS Tour and an advocate for disability snooker in Ireland.
The WDBS Tour is set to return to Barratts, Northampton from 15-17 September for the latest staging of the UK Disability Championship.
With its roots dating back to the inaugural Open Disability Snooker Championship first held in 2015, the tournament is among the most established on the WDBS calendar and is set to welcome a large entry to a venue that houses an incredible 20 full-size snooker tables.
The final event of the calendar year will mark the inaugural edition of the WDBS German Open from 27-29 October.
To be held at the fully-accessible SC Breakers Rüsselsheim, located near Frankfurt, Germany, the event will be the first WDBS event in Germany, from which players such as Hannes Hermsdorff have previously travelled to compete.
The location is easily accessible by air, only 15-20 minutes from Frankfurt International Airport, while the city itself is approximately 30 minutes away by train.
Following its successful first staging at the Woking Snooker Centre earlier this year, the British Open will return to Surrey from 12-14 January 2024.
As was the case this year, the event is set to begin with a free open day, which will include the opening tournament matches later in the day.
Full information, including entry packs, travel advice, hotel recommendations and how to enter, will be published in due course.