A group of ten players from Bristol’s Cue Zone Snooker Club enjoyed a trip to the BetVictor Welsh Open quarter-finals last week, funded by the Paul Hunter Foundation.
The club, which encourages young adults with learning disabilities to develop their snooker skills, celebrated the first anniversary of its inception with tickets to an afternoon session involving John Higgins against Stephen Maguire and Mark Williams versus Marco Fu.
A coach picked up the Bristol players, along with club volunteers and support workers, from Bristol City Centre, arriving at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in time for everyone to have a look around the venue, including having a game of ‘Shootker’ – a hybrid game of snooker and football.
The group witnessed two century breaks during the afternoon’s play and enjoyed being part of an electric atmosphere. There was time for snooker MC Mark Johnston-Allen to give a mention to the group before the second quarter-final got underway and a number of players took home ‘Get on the Baize’ t-shirts or World Snooker calendars from the mechandise counter as a memento of the trip.
World Snooker Coach Bob Hill set up the club following local interest. He said: “The fantastic backing from the Paul Hunter Foundation has allowed these players to experience snooker at the top level for the first time. They have applied themselves brilliantly over the past year and today is a celebration of the enthusiasm they have developed for the game. The Foundation has previously donated cues and polo tops, and this is the icing on the cake for everyone.”
He added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Paul Hunter Foundation for its incredible support for our club, which is now into a second year and has seen 19 players participate so far. The club is also a credit to the Sportsman venue and volunteers Jago and Natan who support the players so well.”
For further details about Bristol’s Cue Zone Snooker Club for adults with learning disabilities please contact Bob Hill, WPBSA World Snooker Coach – email: [email protected], telephone: 07876 184 774