BBC and World Snooker Extend Broadcast Agreement to 2024


The BBC will continue to broadcast all three of snooker’s Triple Crown tournaments until the end of the 2023/24 season.

The new deal is a five-year extension to the current agreement.

The BBC will continue to provide comprehensive live TV coverage and online streaming of the World Championship, UK Championship and the Masters, the sport’s three most prestigious tournaments.

The UK Championship is currently in progress in York, to be followed by the Masters in London in January and the World Championship in Sheffield in April and May.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “So many great moments in the history of our sport are synonymous with the coverage they have received on the BBC. The Triple Crown tournaments have a history which can’t be replicated and bring something extra special to snooker fans and those watching on the BBC alike.”


Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said: “Snooker has been televised by the BBC since 1969 and we are delighted to continue this proud tradition until at least 2024. The new deal means that these events will continue to be televised free-to-air for many years to come, which is fantastic news for the many millions of fans around the UK.”


Press release: Play your snooker at a 147 Club


The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is today excited to announce the launch of the 147 Club – the first club affiliation scheme of its kind for snooker clubs in England.
Improving standards
The scheme aims to promote a modern, positive and progressive perception of clubs by improving standards, boosting the junior game and encouraging new players from all backgrounds into the sport.
With the support and guidance of the EPSB, participating clubs will be required to meet set criteria around player welfare, insurance cover and coaching provision, with the aim of improving the club environment for all.
Club benefits
At the same time, the clubs can gain substantial membership benefits by joining the 147 Club, such as inclusion on an official online club finder map, links into amateur competitions, training support and cost-saving advantages. The scheme also offers a bespoke insurance package for clubs of any shape or size.

WPBSA Club and Facilities Manager Bob Hill said:
This important new scheme reflects feedback from clubs, recognising the improvements required to transform the look and feel of snooker clubs and showcasing the best places to play our sport.
“The 147 Club is open to all types of facility where snooker is played, including commercial clubs, social clubs, community halls and leisure centres. We want to demonstrate that snooker can be played in safe, clean and modern environments that are open to everyone.”
One club that has already stated its enthusiasm to join the initiative is Hazel Grove Snooker Club in Stockport. The club’s manager Dino Georgiou commented:
“We are keen to get involved with the 147 Club affiliation scheme as it will bring much needed credibility to the industry and set the standard required to enhance snooker at a grassroots level.
“From a business point of view, being affiliated and recognised in this way will boost the club’s image and this in turn will have a positive effect on trust, perception and ultimately membership sales.”
Another club that is set to join up is the South West Snooker Academy (SWSA) in Gloucester. Manager Andrew Norman said:
“The SWSA is proud to become a member of the 147 Club. This will support us in providing professional playing and coaching facilities as well as staging tournaments for all players, both professional and amateur.
“We look forward to working with the scheme to help provide people with every opportunity to learn, play and enjoy the sport of snooker.”
The new initiative aims to become a proven model which will extend to other National Federations in the sport.
If you would like your club to be part of this exciting initiative or you would like to find out more please visit www.epsb.co.uk




Press release: Steve Davis to play Tournament Snooker one Final Time in Ireland

Steve Davis has been announced as a late addition to the Irish Masters line up in Goffs, Co Kildare in January.

The Nugget has won the title on eight previous occasions, the last time in 1994 with a final frame victory over Scotland’s Alan McManus.

Steve replaces another scot, Stephen Hendry, who has withdrawn to fulfil contractual commitments in China.
Steve said: “I don’t want anyone to read anything into this with regards to any sort of playing comeback. This is a one off appearance to help out, and for the Irish fans a chance for me to wave goodbye "in retirement" to them like I did at the Crucible. Goffs is a great venue and holds many special memories for me, it will be great to play there again one final time.”

Stephen Said :“I’m gutted to have to pull out of Goffs, the time I played Alex there was probably the craziest atmosphere I’ve ever played in. I know Steve will be a great replacement and I will be practicing hard for the World Seniors and Masters next year.”

The Irish masters takes place in Goffs on the weekend of the 6th and 7th January 2018. A Gala launch dinner will be held on Friday 5th January in Palmerstown House. 
Tickets to see Steve, Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and all the other legends do battle can be found here.


WPBSA Statement - Trophies



Following recent comments made via social media the WPBSA today seeks to clarify its policy in respect of both original and replica tournament trophies.

Historically, it was not practice to provide replica trophies to every tournament winner, with players instead receiving a commemorative plaque or medal to keep. However, last year, the WPBSA undertook a full review of all its trophies on the World Snooker, this included the commissioning of new high-quality and meaningful trophies for new events. The WPBSA made also made a further commitment to provide replica trophies to a number of past champions, many of which have now already been provided. These include ¾ size World Championship trophies, handmade by an original Sheffield Silversmith, the UK Championship, International Championship and the German Masters since the introduction of the new Waterford Crystal bowl.

We are also working alongside our incredible partners, Waterford Crystal, who are renowned for quality and excellence to produce bespoke replica trophies for winners, not only for our Masters, but also for other prestigious World Snooker Tour events. It is our expectation that the Masters trophy will be available for the 2018 Dafabet Masters, this is in accordance with the timeframes previously discussed with individual players.

Many of our current trophies have significant historical value. We work on the principle that players are proud to put their hands on the original iconic trophy when they earn their place in history and become a champion.

The current policy is that players who win major titles can take home the original trophy until the event next takes place. At this point, players will be provided with a suitable replica worthy of a champion. Again, the principle being that players are proud to take home the actual trophy to be on display, it is also an opportunity to assist players with local media around their achievement.

This policy was in place at the 2017 Dafabet Masters. Ronnie O’Sullivan was offered the original Paul Hunter Trophy to take home, he was also informed that he would be provided with a suitable replica when it was to be returned. He refused to take the trophy and World Snooker have retained the trophy. Ronnie has since been offered delivery of the trophy on a number of occasions, however has continued to refuse it. Ronnie was also offered the original English Open trophy following his exceptional performance in Barnsley last week, he also declined to take this trophy away.

The WPBSA will continue to work with its partners to reward players when they achieve their dreams.