The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is pleased today to announce the launch of the new EPSB Open Series that is set to boost competitive snooker across the country.
Backed by many famous stars including reigning World Champion Mark Selby and four-time standings winner Keren Wilson, as well as world snooker governing body WPBSA, the initiative will see EPSB work alongside its 147 affiliate clubs to create a series of open activities. Tournaments across the country.
EPSB has recognized for some time the need to increase competitive opportunities at the amateur level. This is seen as critical to maintaining and improving current levels of participation and enabling our elite talents to compete regularly and develop as players looking to reach the highest level in our sport.
Hence, the EPSB Open Series will see the establishment of accredited events across the country which will ensure consistency of regulation and standards across all events. Already, recognized clubs including Elite (Preston), Frames Sports Bar (Coulsdon), Golden Cue Snooker Club (Bilston), Tradewell Snooker Club (Hull) and Winchester (Leicester) have committed to hosting events during the 2021/22 season.
In planning the events, EPSB consulted extensively with experienced professional players including Mark Selby, Keren Wilson, Joe Perry, Mike Dunn, Peter Lines, Robert Milkins, David Grace and others. These players have all experienced first-hand the benefits of similar competitions during their formative years in our sport and have already made an invaluable contribution to ensuring that events are organized properly.
All tournaments held under the EPSB Open Series will:
- Organized by / held in 147 Affiliate Clubs
- Managed by an experienced tournament manager
- Powered by WPBSA, including the use of the WPBSA SnookerScores course management system
- Be open to both professional and amateur players who are members or have a good reputation with their governing bodies.
- 100% of the entry fee will be paid as prize money.
Jason Ferguson, President of WPBSA said: “We often hear talk of ‘Class 92’ in snooker. These players came through the amateur ranks at a time of development in strength and depth in the UK due to successful snooker clubs with open and professional events at the time.
“It is widely recognized that young talent needs to be nurtured, but it is essential to provide this talent with a strong competitive environment that open events can offer. There should be no barriers to entering this sport and benefiting from the experience of the best in the world, and by working through the network With the growing number of 147 clubs, I am sure the EPSB Open Series will turn into a breeding ground for future champions.”
Simon Beresford, CEO of EPSB, said: “I am very excited about the launch of the EPSB Open Series which is another milestone in the continued development of snooker in this country.
“Creating more competitive opportunities is critical to helping our young and ambitious talent reach their full potential, and the conversation has already been invigorated with venues and organizers who share our vision.
“I would also like to thank the existing professional players who have helped shape the series thus far, by bringing their unique first-hand experience on their own journeys to the pinnacle of our sport. It has already been a pleasure working with them, and all of us at EPSB now can’t wait to start the first tournaments.”
The first tournaments are expected to start in September 2021 with more information including dates, formats and entry details to follow in due course.