On Monday this week, Prestatyn High School attended the 888.com World Snooker Grand Prix at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
Sixteen pupils were invited by the school. Pupils and staff were greeted by World Snooker representatives upon arrival and were invited to the Cue Zone where they experienced professional coaching on a replica match table in a series of challenges designed to test their ability in snooker and numeracy.
The school were then taken on an exclusive access all areas backstage tour by MC John McDonald, visiting the practice area, main arena, commentary box, studio and broadcasting vehicle to give the school the full experience.
The group then sat down to enjoy the afternoon’s snooker matches with some of the world’s best players competing in the first round, including world number one Mark Selby.
In between sessions, seven high profile players took time to meet the group for photos, autographs and questions. Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire, Mark Allen, Joe Perry, Mark Davis, Michael Holt, Martin Gould and Welsh Snooker Legend Terry Griffiths all found time to come and meet those on the trip.
Matthew Greenough, a Silver Young Ambassador at the school, said: ‘I feel that special thanks must go from us to the professional players who really made our day so memorable. While we had harboured hopes of meeting a professional player, we were amazed by the volume of high profile players who were able to give up their time to meet us.”
Jamie Turley, Active Young People Officer at Prestatyn High School, commented: “The hospitality shown by World Snooker, ITV and Venue Cymru was astounding. Staff and players made sure our pupils left inspired with memories to last a lifetime. Hopefully events like this demonstrate how school priorities can be implemented in an extracurricular environment and will encourage even more pupils to engage in extra-curricular sport.”