World Snooker Disability Day will once again be staged during the Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on Wednesday 24th April 2019.
With activities to run throughout the day at the ‘Cue Zone’ situated at the Winter Garden, close to the Crucible Theatre, the event aims to raise awareness of disability snooker and encourage people with disabilities to participate in snooker as either players, fans or officials.
For the first time our official charity for the day will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with their logo to be featured as part of branding and promotional material around the day, as well as collections around Tudor Square.
The event is jointly organised by World Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), an organising body of several disability snooker events across the UK and mainland Europe during the past four years. The long-term goal for WDBS is to see snooker return to the Paralympics, at which snooker was one of its founding sports and was held most recently in 1988.
Under the guidance of WPBSA World Snooker coaches Steve Rutter and Ian McAllister, the day will see regular WDBS competitors demonstrating their skills in matches against members of the general public, both in individual and doubles matches.
The day will also see the inaugural presentation of the Vic Hartley WDBS Player of the Season Award, with the winner to receive a unique bespoke cue case by RR Cue Cases.
Once again World Snooker Disability Day will form part of the #Cue4All initiative organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, which aims to promote the inclusive nature of snooker and billiards.
Even if you cannot make it to the Crucible on the day, be part of the celebrations by hosting open days at your club, offering free taster sessions, running snooker challenges, promoting your community snooker sessions and sharing stories on social media about the groups or individuals who access your snooker facilities.
Remember to tag in the hashtag #Cue4All across social media so that we can share your inclusive activities during this year’s Betfred World Championship!