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.
Snooker Group Totally Rewarded for their Community Work
The West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation (WEBSF), a not-for-profit community group, is seeking people to get involved with their activities around the region. The organisation is run by a team of volunteers who have given thousands of voluntary hours since the group first started thirteen years ago. The main aim of the foundation is to develop and facilitate ‘Billiards and Snooker for All’ throughout the West of England by holding coaching sessions and tournaments as well as promoting the benefits of volunteering.
The foundation launched in 2004 and is proud to have six times World Champion, Ray Reardon MBE as their Patron. Over the years, volunteers have helped hundreds of participants enjoy the sport ranging from those who want to play just for fun, to the more serious players who have gone on to compete at International and Professional levels. The group also caters for players outside the region, where no similar organisation exists, and has regularly attracted players from Wales, West London and the Midlands in the past. Attendees are very diverse, from children through to retirees with both male and female participants across all abilities. In addition, players from China, Russia, Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland have also played when visiting the region.
This season, the foundation has been fortunate to attract sponsorship for three of its events from Totally Reward, Human Resource Consultants, who have offices in London and Bristol. The company is led by Silvia Mondello, Senior Specialist and recognised HR Professional, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate HR. The sponsorship has been instrumental in allowing the foundation to enhance their activities around the region and in particular ‘The Bronze Open’, ‘The Gold Series’ and ‘Gold Masters’ tournaments.
Co-founder of the WEBSF, Steve Canniford, said “We are extremely privileged to have been approached by sponsor, Totally Reward, and we see this funding opportunity as an acknowledgement of the continuing hard work undertaken by our volunteers in supporting the wider community to access the sports of billiards and snooker”.
The WEBSF holds various billiards and snooker tournaments between September and May and prides itself on providing value for money as well as encouraging participants to use the events as a platform for personal development. Through regular coaching sessions, the WEBSF provides a safe and informative environment where players can form new friendships and learn new skills. Using billiards and snooker as a tool for learning, coaching sessions not only concentrate on developing further knowledge about the game but also help to increase confidence, improve social skills and work on aspects of literacy and numeracy. Volunteering opportunities are another way to get involved and develop new skills as no prior knowledge or experience of the game is necessary. There are many different ways people can volunteer their time including short or long-term research projects, digital marketing, administrative support, accounts management, funding applications or becoming a 1:1 befriender as well as opportunities to offer more technical expertise by becoming a coach or volunteering as an official.
If you would like to get involved either as a player or volunteer, please visit http://websfsnooker.com or contact the WEBSF Champion, Steve Canniford, on mobile 07891940995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a very successful 2016-17 season, we have had a very busy summer seeking various opportunities to help develop and grow our activities across the region. We would like to thank all our participants and volunteers for their continued support last season and look forward to seeing what the new season brings.
The WEBSF Management Team are pleased to announce that Totally Reward, a Human Resource Services and Reward Solutions company, will be providing sponsorship for a number of events this season. Totally Reward have a good track record for delivering straight forward, effective, no thrills solutions specific to the businesses they serve. The consultancy is led by Silvia Mondello, a senior specialist and recognised HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience.
increase membership and improve financial sustainability
increase our visibility through tournaments
increase the number of WEBSF volunteers
The new sponsorship opportunity has brought about a number of positive changes to our events this season as detailed below:
The event is open to any amateur player that will be under 17 years of age on the 31st August 2017
The entry fee is £10
Everyone playing in the tournament will leave with something
There will be a number of billiards and snooker coaches available to give coaching and advice. In addition, there will be a current and ex-professional player on-hand to provide photo opportunities, play a frame or two and share their experiences of being a professional.
Free coaching and advice will not just be available to the players in the tournament but to anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of the game or is thinking of taking up billiards or snooker
The prize money available for each event has been increased
£100 is available at each of the six events for anyone who achieves a 147 break – if more than one person achieves this rare feat, the prize money for that event will be shared. If a 147 break is not achieved in a Gold Series event, the £100 prize money will be allocated to the end-of-season Gold Masters event
There will be a guaranteed highest break prize of £30 at each event for both qualifiers and non-qualifiers
The entry fee for each event is £20 (in addition to a one-off £10 annual WEBSF membership fee)
Places are available on a first come, first served basis. Tournament entry is secured upon receipt of pre-payment
The Gold Series culminates in the Gold Masters event for the players ranked in the top 16 at the end of the season
‘The Gold Masters’
Players who finish in the top 16 of The Gold Series at the end of the season will be eligible to play in this knock-out tournament
The tournament will end with a professional exhibition which will be open to the public. The professional will also be on hand for the presentation of trophies
This will be a ticketed event with food included in the ticket price
The Gold Masters event will aim to bring together members, supporters and the public to enjoy top quality snooker
The event will also be an opportunity to help raise funds to ensure the sustainability of the Foundation and support our work within the community
Please refer to our website for further information about specific tournaments. The registration dates for each tournament are listed below:
Andy Symons avenges defeat, Haydon Pinhey knocks in a 130 clearance and ex-professional Nick Pearce makes his mark. With just one event to play players will be jostling for the top 16 places in the ranking table to go forward into the Gold Waistcoat Masters.