A new landmark agreement was reached between the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (‘WPBSA’) and Scottish Snooker this week in Sheffield.
Signed by WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and Scottish Snooker Chairman Paul Marinello, the agreement will see the sport’s world governing body work together with Scotland’s national governing body to promote and develop snooker and billiards in Scotland at all levels.
No country outside of England has been more strongly represented during 40 years of the World Championship, with 19 Scottish players having competed at the Crucible Theatre and winning 12 world titles between them. Both parties are determined to ensure that the next generation of Scottish players have the same opportunities as those before them through this new agreement.
New opportunities for Scottish amateurs have already been created from this working partnership, including invitations for Chris Totten and Ross Vallance to compete at this season’s Scottish Open. There was also a successful Cue Zone hosted in Glasgow, at which several school groups received coaching from WPBSA World Snooker coaches.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Scottish Snooker must be commended on the significant work they have undertaken to achieve Sport Scotland recognition. This now presents this new partnership with a firm platform which aligns the interests and responsibilities of Scotland’s national governing body, with the world professional governing body.”
Scottish Snooker Chairman Paul Marinello said: “I am delighted with the Scottish Partnership agreement between Scottish Snooker and the WPBSA. I believe this is a fantastic opportunity for all amateur players from grass roots to aspiring professionals in Scotland.
“We are looking forward to this partnership with the WPBSA and also to the continuation of the strong links which exist between both organisations. A huge step forward in working together and sharing of resources to grow the sport in Scotland for all. ”
For more information on Scottish Snooker visit their website: www.scottishsnooker.org