The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is at this time delighted to announce the launch of the brand new EPSB Open Collection which is about to spice up aggressive snooker throughout the nation.
Backed by a number of established stars together with reigning world champion Mark Selby and four-time rating occasion winner Kyren Wilson, in addition to snooker’s world governing physique the WPBSA, the initiative will see the EPSB work along with its affiliated 147 Golf equipment to create a collection of open tournaments throughout the nation.
The EPSB has for a while recognised the necessity for elevated aggressive alternatives at novice degree. That is seen as important each to maintain and enhance upon present participation ranges and to allow our elite expertise to compete often and develop as gamers seeking to attain the very best degree of our sport.
The EPSB Open Collection will due to this fact see the creation of accredited occasions throughout the nation which can guarantee a consistency of organisation and commonplace in any respect occasions. Already, recognised golf equipment together with the Elite (Preston), Frames Sports activities Bar (Coulsdon), the Golden Cue Snooker Membership (Bilston), the Tradewell Snooker Membership (Hull) and the Winchester (Leicester) have dedicated to internet hosting occasions throughout the 2021/22 season.
In planning the occasions the EPSB has consulted extensively with skilled skilled gamers together with Mark Selby, Kyren Wilson, Joe Perry, Mike Dunn, Peter Strains, Robert Milkins, David Grace and others. These gamers have all skilled first-hand the advantages of comparable competitions throughout their youth in our sport and have already got made a useful contribution to making sure that the occasions shall be structured appropriately.
All tournaments held below the EPSB Open Collection will:
- Be organised by / held at affiliated 147 Golf equipment
- Be run by an skilled Event Director
- Supported by the WPBSA, together with use of its match administration system WPBSA SnookerScores
- Be open to skilled and novice gamers who’re members of or in good standing with their respective governing our bodies
- 100% of entry charges shall be paid out in prize cash
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman mentioned: “We regularly hear speak of the ‘Class of 92’ in snooker. These gamers got here via the novice ranks at a time when the energy and depth had developed within the UK due to the profitable snooker golf equipment with open and pro-am occasions on the time.
“It’s extensively recognised that younger expertise must be nurtured, however it’s important that this expertise is supplied with the strong aggressive setting open occasions can ship. There should be no boundaries to entry into this sport and drawing on the expertise of the world’s greatest, and by working via the rising community of 147 Golf equipment, I’m positive the EPSB Open Collection will flip right into a breeding floor for future champions.”
Simon Berrisford, EPSB CEO mentioned: “I’m vastly excited by the launch of the EPSB Open Collection which represents one other vital landmark within the continued growth of snooker on this nation.
“The creation of additional aggressive alternatives is essential to assist our younger and aspiring expertise to succeed in their full potential and already it has been energising to talk with venues and organisers who share our imaginative and prescient.
“I might additionally prefer to thank the present skilled gamers who’ve helped to form the Collection up to now, by offering their distinctive first-hand expertise of their very own respective journeys to the highest of our sport. It has been a pleasure to work with them already and all of us on the EPSB now can’t look forward to the primary tournaments to get began.”
It’s anticipated that the primary tournaments will start in September 2021 with additional info together with dates, codecs, and entry particulars to comply with sooner or later.