Coaching, Competitions, Community | WEBSF celebrates 15 years of providing Billiards and Snooker for all

On September 25th 2004, the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation was born. An official launch day was held at the Victoria Snooker Centre in Plymouth, hosted by WEBSF Patron and six-time world professional snooker champion Ray Reardon MBE.

A not-for-profit community group run by a small band of passionate and dedicated volunteers, the Foundation had a vision to encourage participation in grassroots billiards and snooker, providing opportunities into these wonderful sports for all, regardless of age, ability or location within the West of England. 

Despite difficult economic times and trying logistical issues, these goals throughout the past 15 years have been achieved. Maintaining a sustainable model, the organisation is stronger today than it has ever been, as it continues to help those who may otherwise have been unable to realise and develop their potential within the sports.

Coaching, competitions, community. Let’s look back at some of the images from the last 15 years…..

WESBF Patron and six-time world professional snooker champion Ray Reardon MBE hosted the launch day in September 2004 at the Victoria Snooker Centre in Plymouth.

The WEBSF have provided countless community and group coaching sessions in safe venues and environments across the West of England. Priding themselves to facilitate personal improvement through coaching, their unique, bespoke certified assessment scheme allows students to track and evaluate their progress.

Structured, tailor-made one-to-one coaching (and ecoaching) sessions have also been in demand. These too have remained accessable and affordable for all.

The foundation has already held over 200 tournaments, catering for players of all levels and ages, many of whom were making their first steps into tournament action. The flagship Gold Series has remained a constant throughout the 15 years – featuring several former and future professional players. In total, over 9,500 matches and 55,000 frames have been completed so far. This season, 100% of all entry fees will be awarded out straight away as prize money – nearly £60,000 has been paid out to date since 2004.
The WEBSF has helped over 750 different cueists find their competitive edge.

In more recent times the invitational Gold Masters Championship has been held for the best performing players from that season’s Gold Series.

The WEBSF Ladies Open has been a permanent annual fixture on the tournament calendar, and there is an exciting rebranding of the event on the horizon!

Serious about the three-ball sport too, two tournaments per year are hosted – the English Billiards Open and the West of England English Billiards Open

One of the WEBSF’s most publicised successes has been the rise of established professional player Sam Baird; a two-time World Championship Crucible qualifier. The Silver and Gold Series’ helped aid Baird’s snooker education and development.

A platform for gaining new skills, the WEBSF continues to create volunteer opportunities and pathways for a wide range of roles – no experience is neccessary and no barriers to personal development can’t be overcome!
Passion and volunteering have always been the heartbeat of the Foundation.

The West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation – Billiards and Snooker for all. Here’s to the next 15 years and beyond!

Free Billiards & Snooker Coaching 2018

FREE Coaching at Galaxy TQ

FREE English Billiards & Snooker Coaching! Why not come along to one of our free community sessions and learn how to play or improve your skills? Come and speak to our volunteers on the day. The next event is at Galaxy TQ, Torquay. Book your place here

FREE Billiards & Snooker Coaching

Free Billiards & Snooker Coaching 2018

FREE English Billiards & Snooker Coaching! Why not come along to one of our free community sessions and learn how to play or improve your skills? Come and speak to our volunteers on the day. Book your place here

Nurturing stars and having fun at the Galaxy

Galaxy Coaching December 2017

A great day for those that attended the FREE Coaching event at The Galaxy Centre, Torquay. If you missed it we might just do it again next year. Select Free Coaching Day to find out more.

Benzey ‘Totally Rewarded’ at Special Event

Bronze Snooker Open Winner - Connor Benzey with Tournament Sponsor 2017-18
Bronze Snooker Open Winner – Connor Benzey with Tournament Sponsor 2017-18

Connor Benzey played solid snooker all day on his way to lifting the 2017 WEBSF Bronze Snooker Open title.

To make a complete day of Billiards & Snooker the WEBSF held Coaching Workshops where WEBSF Coaches and special guests; ex-Professional, Manager & Coach Hassan Vaizie and Snooker Professional Sam Baird gave masterclasses in break building and coaching clinics.

Go to Bronze Open 2017 to find out more

U17’s Snooker & FREE Coaching for all

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Youth Snooker Tournament and FREE Coaching

(Jesters, Swindon)

The WEBSF in conjunction with Jesters Snooker Hall and Totally Reward are running an Under 17’s Snooker tournament and an Open Coaching Workshop on the 18th November 2017 between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

The youth snooker tournament will provide a full day of snooker for just £10 entry and every player that enters will leave with a prize!

Running alongside the tournament and open to anyone, no matter what age or standard, will be a Billiards & Snooker Workshop. A current Professional Snooker Player and a former Professional Snooker Player and Coach will be on hand to meet & greet and share their knowledge & experience as well as play a play a few frames. In addition to the professionals the WEBSF will have their dedicated team of Qualified Coaches volunteering their time.

So that the tournament players don’t miss out on the fun, there should be ample opportunity dip in and out of the workshop between matches.

There are no catches and no hidden fees, all coaching and advice comes FREE OF CHARGE and is open to anyone to attend.

This event promises to be an excellent days Billiards & Snooker for all ages and abilities in a safe & friendly environment. Select The Bronze Snooker Open to find out more about the U17’s youth tournament and Coaching to find out more about the Open Coaching event.

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Serving the Community since 2004

Contact Steve on 07891940995 if you want to know more..

WEBSF Coaching Workshops

This season, in addition to our regular coaching sessions held in Plymouth, we are running two Billiards & Snooker Coaching Workshop events.

These events are open for ANYONE to attend and the WEBSF Coaches will be providing their services for FREE!

We will be catering for all age groups and abilities, if you do not have a cue, don’t let that stop you coming along as we will find one for you to borrow for the session. We have outlined plans for content at these events but we would like to hear what would entice you along to these fun and informative events. Complete the poll below to help us accommodate your needs…

Bronze Snooker Open (U17’s) & Coaching Workshop

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

Find out more about The Bronze Snooker Open. Get involved as a player, volunteer or spectator.

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Nick Dart – WPBSA Snooker Coach

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Nick Dart – Coach

WPBSA Snooker Coach, Nick Dart has launched his new Web Site Successful Mind Training.

Snooker Coaching Book

Cue The Coach book coverDiscover your snooker potential with the help of this comprehensive guide. It has been written with the aim to communicate knowledge and experience of snooker techniques acquired over 46 years of playing and coaching.

Through reading this book the reader cannot fail to better understand and confirm the principles and concepts of snooker. This knowledge along with continued practice will undoubtedly lead to improvement in standard of play and satisfaction, regardless of present ability.

Cost just £14.99 plus postage & packaging.

To find out more select Coaching Book