World Snooker Disability Day descends on Sheffield’s Winter Gardens

Snooker players came from all over Sheffield yesterday to show off their skills and battle it out with members of the public for World Snooker Disability Day.

The disability day in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens marked the third year of the annual event, which encourages disabled players to try their hand at the game.

The games were staged during Betfred World Snooker Championships which take place at the Crucible every year.

Started in 2015, World Snooker Disability Day aims to raise awareness of disability snooker and encourages people to get involved with the game.

Chairman of World Disability Snooker, Nigel Moore said: “It’s been amazing watching it grow, our first event was in October 2015 and we had 19 players, then a year later we did the same event and had 35. One in Wales had 45 players turn up.”

Sheffield Disability Snooker were the first to take to the table with a game involving all members. They have been meeting every Tuesday for over a year and a half, and claim to give members numeracy and literacy skills, as well as teaching them etiquette and encouraging them to socialize.

Aaron Firth from Sheffield Mencap and Disability Snooker said: “It’s been a lovely link up to do with everybody and it’s just made a really nice day.”

Friday the 27th of April 2018 marks the first of Sheffield’s disabled snooker festivals, with Doncaster Mencap, The World Snooker Federation and Royal Mencap society all coming together for tournaments throughout the day.

World Disability Snooker hope one day to be involved in the Paralympics.

Nigel Moore and Aaron Firth give their thoughts on the successes of the day.

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