Leonard Cheshire Disability supports World Snooker Championship

20 April 2016

BBC presenter Hazel Irvine hosting disabled snooker playersLeonard Cheshire Disability is pleased to announce we have been selected as the official disability charity partner for the World Snooker Championship’s disability day this year.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) will stage its second annual ‘World Disability Day’ in the event’s host city, Sheffield, on Thursday 21 April.

The initiative looks to encourage disabled people to participate in snooker and underpins the ongoing work of World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), formed in 2015.

External communications officer Barney Cullum said:

‘Leonard Cheshire Disability is very happy to be supporting this important event at the prestigious World Snooker Championship. 

‘Research published by our charity earlier this year found 57% of disabled people are currently doing no sport or physical activity, with a lack of suitable opportunities cited as the largest barrier to participation.

‘In light of these findings, and to mark the Paralympic year, Leonard Cheshire Disability is working hard to create a great many more opportunities for participation.’

Groups from the charity’s services Mickley Hall in Sheffield and Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham will visit the Cue Zone to play snooker and there will also be collections for Leonard Cheshire in Tudor Square throughout the day.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said:

‘We are proud to be a sport for all.

‘We are delighted to see the involvement of so many groups and we are pleased to see our players and coaches engaging with our new activities and the work of the WDBS.’

Players who have competed in WDBS events will be present during the morning of Disability Day to play doubles matches with members of the public. 

Later in the day, disabled children from Sheffield Wednesday Football Club have been invited to take part in a snooker challenge.

Read more information on the WDBS website.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, and high-resolution photographs, please email Barney Cullum or call 020 3242 0313. 

Out of hours: 07903 949 388. Or call the general press office number on: 020 3242 0399.

Notes for editors

  1. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. 
  2. The World Championship, snooker’s most important event, has been running since 1927. Since 1977 the tournament has been staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, renowned for its unique and intense atmosphere. The event is watched by nearly 400 million people worldwide. 

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